Jan 4, 2012

End of Year Achievements

Circus Performance
Circus Performance

Dear friends,

We had a great 2011; the kids successfully completed a year of dance and theater instruction and developed artistic skills that they were able to show their parents, teachers and friends in an end of year production.  The end of year presentation consisted of a circus act, a play and impressive dance performances that left a cheering crowd.

The children also participated in an intensive tutoring program focused on reading and math, which has already helped the kids increase their math scores in school. We are all very proud of their commitment to excellence and their hard work this year.

This year 13 kids successfully finished the program and as the program is ongoing, we will keep these 13 and add at least 20 more!
We are currently holding auditions and interviews for the start of the program next year so stay in touch for reports on new activities ranging from performing arts classes to educational field trips and new tutoring methods.

From Fundacion Calicanto: thank you for your support!

Solo dance performance
Solo dance performance
Community enjoys performance
Community enjoys performance
Back-pack donation for the new school year
Back-pack donation for the new school year
Dec 21, 2011

Congratulating the VI CAPTA Graduates

Graduation performance
Graduation performance

Dear friends,

As you remember from our last report, we saw our VI CAPTA group make their way to the International Hotel School for an intense housekeeping and customer service training.  Fundacion Calicanto is now proudly celebrating the sixth CAPTA graduation this year!

Join me in congratulating these women for their commitment and hard work through these 7 weeks of intense vocational training; we have seen them grown into independent, confident women ready to face the world and we are
all very proud of them. 

By the time they graduated, 15 of 22 women had employment possibilities lined up and the remainder had interviews lined up from hotels and restaurants seeking out our CAPTA women. This has been an incredible accomplishment which we could not have done without you! On behalf of our CAPTA graduates and Fundacion Calicanto: thank you for all you have done this year, your support has been a tremendous push for the women and the program; we hope you continue to help us improve the lives of women for years to come.

Happy Holidays!

Graduates
Graduates
Group picture
Group picture
Nov 25, 2011

VI CAPTA Course Arrives at Hotel School

Maria de Los Angeles, CAPTA student
Maria de Los Angeles, CAPTA student

Hello all,

My name is Dalys Rodriguez, I am the new program director for Fundacion Calicanto. I have been here four weeks and I am writing this report as a true testament of the change I have seen in the women since my arrival. I started
working with the CAPTA program about 6 months ago as the English volunteer and fell in love with the program and the girls from the very first day.  I remember my first day like it was yesterday, I had never taught English before; I was scared, nervous and excited all at the same time. But as soon as I walked in through the classroom doors, I was
motivated by the women’s joyful voices greeting me: “hello!”

My work schedule did not allow me to interact much with the girls during those first six months but being here full-time has allowed me to see firsthand, the incredible impact that the CAPTA program makes. My first full-time week here, I met women who were clearly timid, spoke softly or aggressively in some cases, and confidence levels were low from what I could perceive but now on my fourth week, the women I see are empowered, they walk and speak with pride and confidence. I was amazed at the change and it proved to me that our “Fundamental Cycle” which is the first five weeks where they learn about their self-esteem, how to channel emotions, resolve conflicts, and entrepreneurship among other courses, really is what makes a difference and helps these women change their outlook on life.

Monday November 21st, our sixth and final CAPTA group this year went on to the International Hotel School in Clayton, The City of Knowledge.  Their smiling faces expressed excitement and anxiousness as they were embarking on this new journey in their lives.  At the hotel school they will receive specialized training on customer service and proper housekeeping techniques from one of the best Hotel Schools in Panama.

They are all eager to learn and we wish them all the best.  We’ll see them soon again at the Graduation Ceremony next December 7th.

I would also like to take this opportunity to let you all know that there is a new way you can help ensure that after these women graduate, they continue on their path to success.  That’s right, Fundacion Calicanto realized that a permanent change requires more attention and continuous support so we have created a program that will do just that, and we have called it CONEXION. 

CONEXION is our initiative to provide continuous support to our recipients from our programs CAPTA and Enlaces. This program ensures that our graduates stay on the right path because we provide additional occupational and personal training during monthly activities that focus on reinforcing values through educational seminars.

I invite you to visit our CONEXION page on Global Giving and learn more about this program.

Greetings to all and make sure you check out our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/fundacioncalicanto.org
and follow us on twitter @fundcalicanto

Girls take "Emotional Intelligence" course
Girls take "Emotional Intelligence" course
Girls listen to lecture on cultural heritage
Girls listen to lecture on cultural heritage
 
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