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.
May 4, 2016

A Very Busy "ACT I"

Receiving the INNOVA Award in MacroFest
Receiving the INNOVA Award in MacroFest

We finished this year’s Panamanian summer very energized and began Enlaces’ 2016 course in mid March with many surprises and intense activities.

In March, as part of Panama City’s arts and creative industries festival MacroFest 2016, Enlaces received the INNOVA award in the Category of Social Impact through the Arts. As part of the festival’s program our top student Juan presented a solo in front of more than 500 people.

Following this great pep, three of our children were casted in “Las Mariposas Ya no Viven Aquí” (Butterflies no longer live here), a local production that has traveled to Guatemala, Costa Rica and Miami since 2014, promoting through dance the message of Tolerance and Fraternity by staging the Jewish Holocaust and its impact in our modern society. The cast consisted of 96 professional and non-professional dancers, who were directed by the renowned Spanish choreographer Fernando Hurtado. Our selected children assisted to intense daily rehearsals for a month, and were able to participate in educational workshops by the international organization Yad Vashem about the Holocaust and the consequences of indifference. There were four presentations between April 5 and 6, to whom more than 10,000 people assisted. The rest of our children also received workshops and talks about this subject by Yad Vashem, assisted to the theatre to see their peers and received a special dance workshop by Fernando Hurtado.

After the rush of a very successful production, one of our students received an invitation to represent Panama in the XXth Summit of Dance Schools and Academies of Central America held in Managua, Nicaragua, on April 29th, as part of the celebrations of the International Day of Dance, where dance students from Central America and Mexico presented their work. Our 15 year-old student Juan, traveled to this Central American country for the first time, and aside from taking ballet, jazz, modern and folklore classes with renowned teachers, he presented a solo in the magnificent Theatre Ruben Darío of Managua.

It has been a very exciting “First Act” for 2016, and we are very happy we have started the year with events that promote and recognize the talent of our students in national and international stages, help them build their artistic curriculum and nurture their dance experience. 

 

*The names in this report have been changed to respect the privacy of our benecifiaries.

Audition of "Butterflies no longer live here"
Audition of "Butterflies no longer live here"
End of the show
End of the show
In costume for "Butterflies no longer live here"
In costume for "Butterflies no longer live here"
Our talented Juan in Managua
Our talented Juan in Managua
Very exciting "First Act" for 2016
Very exciting "First Act" for 2016

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Mar 10, 2016

2016 Global Mentoring Walk, Panama City

Board of Directors of Calicanto Foundation
Board of Directors of Calicanto Foundation

As part of International Women's Day we hosted the Global Mentoring Walk, a meeting that took place in more than 50 countries simultaneously.

Women of all ages gathered at the Global Mentoring Walk, an initiative promoted by Vital Voices around the world to foster leadership, empowerment and entrepreneurship of women. Calicanto Foundation was responsible for organizing this activity in Panama, which was held last Saturday.

During the activity, 10 mentors share their experiences through mentorships. Each, in small groups, offered their advice on various issues such as Healthy Relationships and Self-Esteem, Continuous Improvement, Financial Independence, Entrepreneurship and Leadership among others.

Will continue to promote the fundamental rights of the Panamanians, thanks to this activity we will train and help 10 young women living at social risk to meet their professional and personal goals, for a continuous year.

We sincerely hope to expand our activity in our community and to have the participation of valuable individuals such as every one of you. Our goal is to promote labor inclusion and empowerment of young Panamanians through mentorship.

Next year we hope to continue working hand by hand for a better country, full of opportunities and growth.

¡¡GRACIAS!!

Global Shapers Panama
Global Shapers Panama
CAPTA graduates were presented
CAPTA graduates were presented
Young group from Fundacion Transicion a la Vida
Young group from Fundacion Transicion a la Vida
One of our mentors and her mentees
One of our mentors and her mentees
More than 150 people participated
More than 150 people participated

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Feb 23, 2016

Esperanza's 2016 Report: Your Support = Progress!

Summary:

When someone asks how is Esperanza funded, we share with them the unusual fact about you, our amazing supporters spread around the globe, who donate monthly to keep our efforts afloat.

The more often we share this, the more we realize how unique this model of small monthly gestures actually is to the world of fundraising.

The following exciting news is a direct result of what makes your support so meaningful to us. It's the fuel that keeps us going every single day!

1. We Have A New Executive Director

As the Esperanza community continues to grow, and the kinds of transformations begin to vary, our team recognized the need for a true Executive Director. With experience at both USAID and Fundacion Jesus Luz y Oportunidades, Cristina Maduro was our first choice.

Panamanian-born, Cristina brings to our team a much valued sense of order and vision.

We are thrilled to welcome her on board and wanted to thank every single donor for allowing us to make this great step forward and provide even more true opportunities to our beneficiaries.

2. Sharing Our Stories With The World

Over the years, we've found that press does a few things for Esperanza: the obvious is that it helps us form new relationships with new individuals who can help our cause.

The less obvious (although arguably more powerful) benefit of good press is that it lends itself to the reintegration process of our graduates. Recognition is important for individuals of all backgrounds, but it's especially helpful when you are working to reverse the harm you once caused to your community.

For these reasons, we're always appreciative of these sorts of opportunities:

  • Prevue Meetings: "The tour is led by former members of the notorious Ciudad de Dios street gang who now operate Fortaleza Tours within the district, following the intervention of the Esperanza Social Venture Club who work to integrate gang members into formal society."
  • Rickshaw Travel Partnership: "Once a hotbed of gang activity, this is now a thriving district of art, culture, and architecture. In order to preserve an element of human patrimony, Esperanza’s non-profit initiatives assure that young at-risk males get to take part in the neighborhood’s growth, by providing help with mental and physical health as well as coaching to enter the workforce."
  • Yahoo! Travel: "However, these tours are not so visitors can gawk at the poverty-stricken streets that still dominate the area — despite the massive gentrification of the last few years — but rather to highlight what the human spirit, when offered an alternative reality by way of education and hope, can do."

3. Results

Because the transformation process is a patient one, it's extremely exciting to begin to see concrete results from groups that we began with several years back. As we start off 2016, we celebrate the following statistics:

- 43 former gang members graduated

- 74% currently working

- 3 actually working in one business (Super Gourmet)

- 11 started their own businesses through the Esperanza Social Venture Club

When we ask ourselves internally "what good results look like?" the answer is often that if we can change the course of one young man's life, we have solved one community problem.

With these results and with your monthly support, we are more confident now than ever before, that we are moving in the right direction.

4. Gorgeous Photo Exhibition Featuring Esperanza Graduate

Sofia Verzbolovskis is a Panamanian photographer based in New York who recently spent several days getting to know Luis. Following him into and out of neighborhood buildings en route to Lava Auto Plaza Amador, Sofia was able to capture the essence of what makes Luis, his business, and the power of his transformation so unique. You can see all Sofia and Luis' photos here: A Day In The Life Of Luis Moreno.

Thanks again for your ever-lasting support.

And please know that every day when we go to work, we are appreciative of people like you who believe enough to stand beside us.

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