Jul 27, 2021

Good news for the neighborhood!

Students at Sandbox
Students at Sandbox

Recently we inaugurated the facilities that will host the Sandbox Program, an ambitious project that aims at the socio-economic integration of adolescents and young people in vulnerable situations, through innovation, technology, STEAMS, and their application in the performing arts.

The Sandbox has 4 physical spaces:

Learning Room: Fully equipped space for the development of the technical curricula of the Sandbox program.

Green Room: Space for audiovisual experimentation, enhanced through green screen technology and professional quality audiovisual equipment.

Maker Space: Space for innovation and creativity, equipped with a 3D printer, a sublimation printing machine, computers with graphic design software and a mini recording studio.

Black Box Theater: Multidisciplinary space for the development and performance of artistic works and creations, as well as for experimentation in performing arts.

Sandbox will reach more than 400 young people through strategic alliances with local partners and public schools. At least 120 of them will participate in job internship programs in creative and cultural industries as part of their formation in the Sandbox program.

We will continue opening doors of opportunity through art, education, and culture. Thank you for your support and trust.

Enlaces Team

3D printing workshop
3D printing workshop
Photography Workshop
Photography Workshop
Green Screen training
Green Screen training
Lighting principles for theater
Lighting principles for theater
Jul 21, 2021

We continue to thrive through virtuality!

Bridging the gap for CAPTA students
Bridging the gap for CAPTA students

Central America has been one of the hardest hit regions during the Covid-19 pandemic. The social and economic circumstances of the public health crisis have amplified the uncertainty for women in Panama where almost 300,000 employment contracts were suspended, of which 43% were for women, and the majority included women of color and minority groups (Mitradel, 2021).This adds to the general context of the LATAM region where it is estimated that close to 12 million women have lost their jobs (OIT, 2021).

During the pandemic crisis we documented that 90% (300 active alumni women) of our self-improvement program (CAPTA) had suffered an increase in their internal and external situations of social vulnerability.  These were causally linked to substantial job losses, halting of in-person education for their children and an increase in mental and physical violence; due to long lockdown periods compounded by unhealthy living conditions. Added that, the women we train are part of the informal economy, suffer mental and physical violence, have almost no formal education and sustain their homes as heads of family with an average of 2 to 5 children. Even though these women currently face great challenges such as the impossibility of reconciling employment and work at home and insufficient support for care activities, they are seeking ways to overcome these challenges and formalize their projects.

In order to address these underlying disparities compounded by the pandemic we seek to increment the access to non-formal education for vulnerable women of Panama. Through the initial virtual adaptation of the program we have been able to train over 142 women in 10 months, from which 80% have elevated or sustained their self-steem levels as 97% have been positively assessed in advancing the development of their entrepreneurial capabilities. In order to rebuild education and employment pathways for our beneficiaries, we aim to continue to strengthen our psycho-emotional and vocational program through a virtual training platform focused on integrating entrepreneurship and digital training. Our goal is to build a robust learning virtual platform centered on the beneficiaries to grant access to 300 at-risk women in the same amount of months.

The challenge Fundacion Calicanto currently faces is being able to meet the demand of the program which has increased by 30% since the end of 2020 as more women are drawn to the program and seeking to improve their abilities, economic resilience and, financial stability towards asset building.

CAPTA student during training
CAPTA student during training
CAPTA and its impact on future generations
CAPTA and its impact on future generations

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Mar 30, 2021

When talent meets opportunity, magic happen!

Our new ambassador!
Our new ambassador!

We want to share with you the happiness and pride we feel upon receiving the news that Karol, Camilo and Isa, three of our beloved students of the Enlaces Program, were selected as scholars of the Jaguar Educational Fund to study in private schools in Panama.

The children's grades, the strength of their families and the commitment shown in the activities of the Program were key elements for this achievement that we celebrate with so much joy and affection.

According to UNICEF and UNESCO, Panama is the country that has experienced the longest school closings in the world due to COVID 19. At a time when the human right to education of our children is so threatened, these news brightens our days, and we wanted to share that happiness with you.

We remain committed to creating opportunities like these for our students, and you are part of our team!

 
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