Mar 5, 2020

Videography Workshop Completed

Little Actress In Training
Little Actress In Training

Our rough and rugged trades training Instructor, Mauro went Hollywood (temporarily) for our most recent 12-week workshop.  

Seeking a lighter and more social theme we selected videography.  Our residents worked in small groups to brainstorm ideas, create scripts, assign roles, select costumes and ultimately record, edit and present their short film creations.  

Interestingly enough the favorite theme of the participants was reenacting dynamics and experiences of the Casa Hogar family in particular staff-resident interaction.

This allowed for plenty of comedic relief for all those involved.

The videography activities were conducted throughout the property including outdoor spaces. Acting contributes to positive social relationships, self-confidence and a sense of achievement.

Congratulations to all the participants including the younger children and pre-teens who received a special invitation to contribute and learn along with the teens.

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Dec 9, 2019

Online Enlgish Tutoring pilot program has started!

Even though English as a second language is not considred a trade, we wanted to give you an update on the progress we are making towards equiping the teens, as this will also help them be better prepared for the future:

After a summer visit to Casa Hogar from Minnie Piffarerio, owner of Peak Performance Tutoring www.peaktutor.com she sent us the following message:

"I walked away with a desire to be part of and help your organization. I was so impressed by what you do and would love to see if we could contribute. We have a pool of wonderful High School students here locally at Niwot High School (https://nhs.svvsd.org/) that I think would be extremely capable of tutoring students at Casa Hogar. It would be a wonderful way for some of our volunteer student tutors to earn volunteer hours to complete their IB studies and help some students there at Casa Hogar at the same time."

This message sparked email exchange to coordinate our first Skype call.

For most students the key to learning English as a second language is conversational practice. But this can be awkward and intimidating if available at all. 

Weekly Skype conversations have allowed 17-year-old Carlos Angel to practice in a comfortable and enjoyable setting; from the living room of his home in Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas.

Casa Hogar is a center for kids rescued from situations of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Currently home to 30-full time residents, as young as 5-years-old, Casa Hogar reinstates the basic rights of children and prepares them for family reintegration, adoption or successful independence as a young adult.

Carlos Angel’s weekly English sessions are hosted by Tessa, a student of Niwot High School. The teens choose a topic to discuss and in advance, prepare a series of questions to be shared both in English and in Spanish.

Topics have included holidays, traditions, sports, academics and pop culture. 

The teens have demonstrated much interest in identifying cultural differences and similarities. This brings out plenty of smiles and laughter from both teens.

English is a valuable commodity in a tourist destination like Cabo San Lucas. Carlos Angel receives English classes in his local high school but conversing with a teen native-speaker trains his ear and provides an excellent opportunity to practice his speaking accent.

For Tessa, the video-chats allow her to practice her advanced Spanish, learned during a study-abroad program in Costa Rica.

With more than 1100 miles separating Niwot County from Cabo San Lucas, it’s refreshing to see how much teens from these two different cultures and life circumstances can have in common.

Last but not least, we wanted to let you know that this #GivingTuesday, donations like yours contributed to a total of $5,035  to continue teaching trades and strengthen our Social Work team.  This means we can help more children that come from situations of abuse, neglect or abandonment to equip them for a better and brighter future! We will continue to fundraise through our Year End Campaign to fully fund this project.



Thank you for your continued support!

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Sep 10, 2019

Our new social worker has started her new role!

Hands-on trades training has commenced at Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas with Saturday afternoon sessions! The first 12-week module has concluded. Our teens learned to use soldering irons and basic concepts of electrical circuits. The second module was plumbing 101 and it concluded with the installation of an irrigation system for a portion of our new garden!

 In October the teens will be learning videography. This is the beginning of our goal to teach trades and valuable life skills to the teens at Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas A.C. 

Also, our new part time social worker has started on her new role this past summer! She has been busy setting up all we need in order to start receiving new children in the new building through an “institutional support” program which will mean that parents can reach out to Casa Hogar directly in the event that they are in special need of caregiving. As opposed to having to go through DIF (mexican social services) and report a children right’s violation. 

We are far from our goal to fully fund the project but are hopeful that we will be able to reach it before year end.

Thank you for your support!

 

Sincerely,

 

The Casa Hogar Team

 
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