May 13, 2019

Ludoteca Merced News

City tour
City tour

Hello and thank you,

 

We are so grateful for your dear help and that we have been able to share so many beautiful moments with the kids this month.

What a treasure it is to continue to welcome our kids to our playful Ludoteca almost every day of the week.
Here´s what a normal day at the Ludoteca can look like. 
Our kids drop in one by one after they have finished school, we greet and hug each other and start playing card games or perhaps hide and seek in the yard. When the majority have gathered it´s time to start the workshop. On a Tuesday we have a professional circus artist teaching us the ropes and how to do juggling for example. On a Wednesday we cook something, probably one of the volunteers from around the world has a recipy and some photos or stories to add to the cooking. 
If you drop by on a Thursday you will see us hunched over the camera or computer, because we have recently started our new project Ludorandom. A media project that shortly will be launched on Youtube - where the kids will record, cut and show what we do at Ludoteca, for example how we celebrated Midsommar together, a traditional Swedish feast where you dance around a pole as a frog and play silly games. And eat a lot of Swedish meatballs of course. 
Talking about feasts, on Fridays we often celebrate the kids birthdays by playing football in the big hall nextdoor, after that we sing, probably listen to an improvised rap from one of the kids, often they also share their best jokes and obviously – we dig into the birthday cake. What a joy!

This last month we had a great big celebration – the 5th anniversary of MingaValpo! How amazing it is that we have been existing, creating, playing and working for four whole years already. And it will hopefully be many more years to come. 
The day was full of tasty food, live music and fun games, we walked and danced as a big samba train up and down the streets with instruments and shouts - no one in our neighbourhood Cerro Merced have gone unnoticed about this grand day!
There were also an initiation of a colaboration with the PUCV – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. From now on we will have students volunteering and teachers will add their knowledge and assistance to the Foundation and the Ludoteca. The other day three students joined Ludoteca for a whole day to play creative and smart games that they had created for us, shared fun is double joy.
That is what we have noticed many times here at Ludoteca. Thank you for adding to the joy!

Minga Valpo team  
what is the ludoteca for the kids?
what is the ludoteca for the kids?
Circus time
Circus time
Celebrating midsommar
Celebrating midsommar
Music day
Music day
Celebrating in the neighborhood
Celebrating in the neighborhood
Feb 19, 2019

Ludoteca Merced News

Hi!

Thanks to your great help we have continued our important work with the kids. Every week we have been able to keep daily workshops of cooking, music, geography, dancing and much much more. It is truly rewarding to see the how the kids are growing with their new knowledge, and most important, that they feel free to play and be themselves in the Ludoteca.

The last months we´ve been supported by volunteers from Germany, Sweden, France, Brazil and Mexico. It is a true resource for the kids, not just by the volunteers assistance and playfulness, but also by opening up to other cultures.

Here´s some of the events that we´ve made happen with the help of your donation.

We invited a film-maker that taught the kids how to use the camera, how to write a script and then create a whole movie together by being behind and in front of the camera. We also got to learn how to cut and put together music for the movie. Needless to say, it was a great week full of laughter, dressing up in fun costumes and acting out some inner zombies.

Another inspiring workshop was held by a professional street dancer who showed how to get those moves down and get into the groove.

When we were able to put up a theatre show on a Saturday and invite the whole neighborhood we were delighted.  The whole Ludoteca filled up with kids and adults and for days after the kids made cat sounds, inspired by the show.

In the end of each month we celebrate the kids birthdays of that month. This time we went for football almost all day, until we eat the delicious cake donated by a bakery and we sang the birthday song in different languages. 

How important it is to have a safe and inspiring upbringing, and what a treasure it is to provide the Ludoteca for the kids of this area.We are grateful that we with the strength of you and many souls are making this happen, and that we can continue our work for many more days, months and hopefully years to come.


Gracias!

Film-making workshop
Film-making workshop
Dance workshop
Dance workshop
Ludo-Theatre
Ludo-Theatre
Football day!
Football day!
Cooking
Cooking
 
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