Fundacion Calicanto

Calicanto is a community based organization dedicated to safeguarding the historic and human heritage of Panama City's inner city historic district through social, educational, cultural, and conservation programs and initiatives.
Nov 29, 2016

Esperanza's Quarterly Report: December, 2016

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Esperanza's Fourth Graduation Class

It's always quite a fulfilling exercise to look back over the past three months and share what Esperanza has accomplished as a direct result of your support. We all need fuel. And without your words of wisdom, gestures of love, and simply unwavering inspiration, the gears of Esperanza would grind to a halt and we'd be stuck with nowhere to go. We are grateful and honored to share with you our collective progress and what happens when the gears keep shifting:
 
1) Esperanza's 4th Intervention In The Books!
 
We ventured into El Chorillo for the first time.  Our newest group of beneficiaries (12 graduates in total) have adopted the name Mas Que Vencedores (More Than Victors) and is now beginning the labor insertion stage of social integration, which includes applying for jobs, showing up for formal interviews, and starting their own businesses. It was a big step for our team, requiring setting up a temporary field classroom and navigating very different social dynamics than we have in the historic quarter.
 
This intervention highlighted for us three things. First, San Felipe, El Chorrillo and Santa Ana are different but highly interrelated neighborhoods. Good work in one area creates demand by groups in other areas for their chance, and lasting peace in each area depends on peace in all three. Second, Esperanza's methodology must remain flexible because specific social challenges can vary dramatically over short distances. And third, we have to develop the capacity to sustain long-term support for past groups even while we reach out to intervene new groups. This can feel like spinning plates at times, but it’s integral to our mission.

We will keep you posted as we feed these lessons back into the program and as the results of our fourth group come rolling in.  

2) A New-Look Esperanza Social Venture Club (ESVC)

If you know anyone on the Esperanza technical team, you may have heard about the incredible month of October in which we hosted three consultants from SAP (the German public company). These consultants -- all top performers in their respective fields -- qualified for the SAP Social Sabbatical Program, a month-long initiative designed to connect innovative professionals with innovative non-profit organizations in order to solve a specific problem. In the case of Esperanza, our SAP consultants were tasked with revamping the Esperanza Social Venture Club, the entrepreneurial arm of our intervention program. To say that the consultants' work will impact Esperanza for many years to come is an understatement...we wanted to officially thank Kate, Peter, and Jacques for their passion, insight, and complete framework which will be put to use almost immediately. You can read the SAP consultant's blog posts HERE.
 
3) Esperanza as McNulty Prize Laureate
 
Thrilling news! Esperanza was nominated as one of four international Laureates for the John P. McNulty Prize this year. Even though we did not win the big $100,000, our trip to New York City was one-of-a-kind. Sitting among some of the world's most cutting-edge thought leaders, our executive team took the opportunity to reflect back on our community of supporters -- you are what this kind of recognition is truly about. Not an hour at the ceremony went by, without us sharing how much our community of Casco Viejo and it's believers play a role in our success. So congrats to the entire Esperanza community for this achievement.
 
4) Fundraising Is Always Better When It's A Happy Hour
 
This past November also marked the first event of our Happy Hour fundraising initiative. The idea behind this campaign is that Esperanza is not your everyday non-profit and so our fundraising events should not be your everyday fundraisers either. Thanks to the amazing team at Tacos La Neta (Casco Viejo's best taqueria), the Esperanza team was able to host 50 new supporters in a cocktail hour that was part networking, part problem-solving. To hear each attendee introduce him or herself and their impressive worlds of industry and passion was a microcosm of the Esperanza movement: people who come from different walks of life and who simply believe in a common, better way. If you were unable to attend this first Happy Hour (or if you mistakenly did not receive an invitation -- sorry, we had tech problems) simply hit reply to this email to make sure we get you VIP'd for the next event!  
 
5) Hot Off The Press!

Here are some exciting places that Esperanza was featured over the past few months:

As always, on behalf of the Esperanza team, our graduates, and our neighborhood, we would like to Thank You for being a loyal supporter. One of the most common things we hear from experts is how unusually passionate our base of donors happens to be. We consider it an honor to stand on your shoulders and look forward to sharing more good news early in the new year.

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Esperanza's SAP Consultants: Day 1
The John P. McNulty Prize Nomination
The John P. McNulty Prize Nomination
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Esperanza's First Happy Hour Fundraiser
Esperanza Seafood Dinner (Ft. Juan & Hope Seafood)
Esperanza Seafood Dinner (Ft. Juan & Hope Seafood)
Oct 26, 2016

EXPERIENCES, SIX YEARS ON

In a child’s life is hard to enumerate all the changes that go on in a span of six years. Now, try to imagine describing these changes in the lives of our kids! Let’s say we try to do so every year in our annual recital, and with that in mind, this year we titled it “Experiencias” (Experiences) to honor what we have lived in Enlaces since its beginning in 2010.

 

In the previous years we had received requests of having more than one date for our show, and we decided this was the right year to do so. In two days we had three full performances, were more than 600 people assisted including students from several public schools, our children’s families, school teachers and general public. Twenty-five children of our core program and fifteen children selected from our school program in the Instituto de Nuestra Señora de la Merced filled the stage of the Anita Villalaz Theatre, with five costume changes and an abundance of talent and joy.

 

Choreographies were inspired in pieces of literature, like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince” and Estanislao Zuleta’s “The praise of difficulty”. Also one of our students had the opportunity to open one of the six numbers presented, with his solo that earlier in August won a Diamond Medal in the International Dance Competition Danza Activa 2016, held in Panama City.

 

As we look forward to our next show, we keep on accumulating movement, laughter, obstacles, knowledge, love… experiences that enrich our children’s path of artistic and personal development.

 

Learn more at: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzaRP9yvTg4

Sep 9, 2016

Describe CAPTA with just one word

Liz
Liz

Jassiel: Goal

CAPTA changed a lot of things in my life. It changed me a lot as a person and as well my character.

I had to change my character because I used to be very aggressive towards my family. I learned not to be anxious anymore while I speaking publicly. I’m not afraid of it anymore! Now, I can even speak in front of cameras.

 

Liz: Opportunity

It was a way of getting into the course and currently I am doing my internship in the hotel and it feels like it is an opportunity. Maybe I could start working from now on. It is still a new experience for me and it gives as well the chance to improve myself and to take advantage of the classes. The old Liz was disorganized but now I am less disorganized.

I met classmates who were more extroverted than me and it felt overwhelming. Now I speak more than I spoke before and its true, the new Liz is more serious and stops being too relax. But then again I matured a lot and I had a lot of positive changes. The new Liz hopes to continue learning and improving, I want to do the things I left behind, like pick up my studies again. I know that there is a better future and if I force myself a little bit more and if I keep on moving we’ll see how far I will get.

Shahaneth: Inspiration

The word that resumes my experience is inspiration. Why inspiration? Because I was a person who had no inspiration to do anything. To be honest, I never thought about what I want nor where I want to get and that’s why the engagement within CAPTA was a way to have dreams. It was like a tool and I told myself: This is the time!

I started noticing my goals when I started to think about what I want to reach and I started to inspire myself and I realized that I can go further and give more of me. Not just because I had my children or that I had to be at home and take care of them, I have to look after them and their future and because of all that I have to reach my goals, my dreams and I have to inspire myself and you have to notice that the things that are there, it doesn’t matter how challenging they could be, you have to fight to exhaust it! CAPTA was my stepping stone because if I wouldn’t had got to CAPTA I would be at home looking after my kids. I wanted to embrace the goals I have now – that I have a job, to have a better quality of life and to give this to my children. Not just the material things. I don’t want them to see their mother just as a housemaid if not it is a person who is taking care of them and who is not just sitting around and bringing the money home. I want to fight for what I need and what I want and they’ll see it in me and therefore they’ll do the same: to study, to graduate, to fulfill their dreams and reach their goals and to get to the point they want to reach.

 

“If we change a woman, We change a family. If we change a family, We change a community”

Shahaneth
Shahaneth
Jassiel
Jassiel
 
   

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