Sep 3, 2020

We started our first Virtual Program!

Capta Virtual Kick off
Capta Virtual Kick off

We have been working non stop since Covid-19 striked us in march. As many other non profits, our first response was to help as many of our beneficiaries as possible. We educated, gave emotional and monetary support to the ones in most need, but our goal was to keep doing what we do best: Change lives through our educational program. 

That was something we had been planning before Covid-19, how to reach as many women as possible and how to do it in an easy and accessible way? 

Thanks to these uncertain times, we focused like never before and finally we have created a program that is 100% virtual and structured to give tools to all those women who have an entrepreneurial mindset to give them the tools they need to reach their goals and economic stability. 

It hasn't been easy, the digital gap in our country is very real and we had to think out of the box to overcome that obstacle. 

We are starting a new challenge and we wanted to share this great news with you, this wouldn't be possible without your support. 

Also we have been receiving support from companies and small businesses who want to give back to the community. 

In the last few weeks we delivered more Gift Cards for grocery shopping, our beneficiaries had a sweet treat in the form of delicious cookies and face masks from Wellys Kitchen and also received brand new sneakers from Adidas and Reebook. 

We won't stop: 

-We kept our vow to give tools to women to become financially independent and we started a program with 6 beneficiaries to make face masks for sale in collaboration with Fundamorgan. 

-We had been working in alliance with almost 30 non profit organizations in a shared effort to collect funds in a campaign denominated #RecuperaPanama (Recover Panama)

-We are giving 2 weekly sessions of Espacio Positivo, trough Zoom and IG live

All of these efforts wouldn't be possible without your support, we want to thank you for believing in our cause and being part of the change in the lives of panamanian women.

Activity Calendar for Capta Virtual
Activity Calendar for Capta Virtual
Face Masks program
Face Masks program
Face Masks Program
Face Masks Program
Wellys Kitchen sweet treats
Wellys Kitchen sweet treats
New Sneakers!
New Sneakers!
Jun 29, 2020

Our response to COVID-19

Access to education must be guaranteed
Access to education must be guaranteed

Our response to COVID-19

The health crisis threatens to widen the already unacceptably socials gaps in Panama.  The most vulnerable groups have been especially impaired to access the means to live a dignified existence.

For 10 years, our program has provided a safe, warm, dignified, and loving space that allows the comprehensive development of our students, offering them a platform to thrive.

Faced with an uncertain scenario, our response is aimed to promoting our students’ access to rights and opportunities so that their healthy growth and development does not stop

Our response strategy is articulated in three components:

  1. First and foremost, safety, prevention, and care: We have protocols to protect the health of our staff and our families, even in situations of direct assistance.
  2. Psychosocial monitoring and assistance for food and medicine.
  3. Access and preservation of children's rights: We are advocating for the effective access to their right to education, protection, and comprehensive development.



Response report to COVID accumulated to May 2020:

 

249 people benefited.

102 children and teenagers’ beneficiaries

2 families with COVID positive diagnosis

 

Types of assistances:

Food baskets: 73 assistances

Shelter and housing: 3 assistances

Mattress: 1 assistance

Medicines: 14 assistances

Food vouchers:  135 transfers.

Computers and tablets: 30 assistances 

Internet connectivity: 53 assistances

Baby formula 12 assistances

Diapers: 23 assistances

 

Psychosocial, artistic, and academic development: 

450 calls and individual virtual meetings with psychologists and social workers. 

15 reading Zoom classes per week

12 virtual dance classes per week

2 creative writing classes per week

 

What do our students say?  

 

Now I'm locked up and sad... But Enlaces always assigns me a task. Sometimes they ask us to create a story, and sometimes they put us to learn the dance steps that the teacher made. Dancing gives me excitement and joy. (Joseph, 13)

I feel a little weird. I miss school and Enlaces, because I was used to going there everyday (Luis, 12 years old)

I practice every day in the afternoon...  Otherwise, I'd feel bored because I couldn't do the challenges they send us. (Stephanie, 13).

I feel a little bad; I'd like to go out, walk, play, go to the park (Camilo, 8 years old)

I'm tired of being locked up. If I go out in the hallway my mom scolds me because it may be dirty. I have a little space, but I move the furniture a little bit and make the space to dance (Claudia, 12 years old).

Art, education and culture are key
Art, education and culture are key
Help us keep them on the move!
Help us keep them on the move!
Is not only about food, is about dignity.
Is not only about food, is about dignity.
Safety first! We have biosafety protocols in place
Safety first! We have biosafety protocols in place
We are committed to closing the technology gap
We are committed to closing the technology gap
May 8, 2020

Together through difficult times

Oferta Simple
Oferta Simple

The last time we submitted a report we spoke about our primary response to the Covid-19, our plan was still in the making because we were, as many,  figuring out where our support was needed. 

A lot has changed since the beginning of the pandemic and now we are stronger and working harder than ever before. 

We achieved a lot of goals in april: 

  • The activation of a hotline for psychological support for beneficiaries of our programs and their families
  • We shifted our classes to fit the digital environment and started a pilot of Zoom Workshops, 11 classes of 40 minutes in total.
  • We changed our social media strategy to fit a more educational view
  • An alliance with Private Bank to distribute Vouchers to beneficiaries of our program
  • We delivered 300 vouchers to the first group of beneficiaries, which went through a series of filters
  • The activation of a fundraising campaign through social media using products of Banco General.
  • Participation in the Virtual panel 'Experiences and Learnings in the Face of the Current Contingency in Latin America hosted by GlobalGiving
  • We held an auction for a piece donated by Local artist Eduardo Navarro
  • We participated in fundraising activities on the Gustazos and Oferta Simple websites.

And because not everything is work, we had a virtual baby shower, to celebrate a new baby in our family. We are excited and can't wait for those baby pictures!

We often hear that when you go through difficult times is when you see human nature at its finest, today we can confirm that. We are working closer than ever to achieve our goals, our board is involved in every action to support our work and our beneficiaries are showing us beautiful lessons about humility and always lending a helping hand to others. 

The pandemic may have changed the world and we knew it, now we have the chance to make it more human, equal and peaceful. 

 

Thanks to your support, we are very thankful to have the chance to keep working and do something that changes lives. 

 

we work to educate our comunity
we work to educate our comunity
This is how our beneficiaries use their vouchers
This is how our beneficiaries use their vouchers
Art Piece for the auction
Art Piece for the auction
Vouchers distribution
Vouchers distribution
 
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