Oct 23, 2011

V CAPTA 2011 - Graduation Ceremony.

Welcoming family and friends!
Welcoming family and friends!

Dear friends,

As always, it is a pleasure sending CAPTA's reports.  This program is really making a difference in the lives of panamanian women, most of them from the impoverished and violent areas surrounding the Historic District.

As I told you in the last report, we were wishing for the 18 women enrolled in the 5th course to finish it and graduate. Due to their background, and the fact that all of them were raised without a positive role model to teach them discipline and responsability, the commitment and focus to finish the course and graduate is always a challenge for every one of them.  But they did it! They found the energy inside themselves and put the best of them to excel in the supervised practice during the vocational training, and for the first time, half of them had a first job offer even before graduating!

I am sharing with you photos of some of the ceremony highlights.  One of the moments that always touches me deeply is when they enter the auditorium and dance in the stage.  But is not any dance. Is one full of positivism, attitude and confidence in themselves.  These 18 women flowing in the stage, some weeks ago were not able to stand up and talk in front of a teacher...and there they were: shinning!

The American Ambassador Phyllis Powers attended the ceremony. We are proudly recipients of the Carsi Grant given through American Embassy to continue our mission, because they believe in what we do.  Like you also did, dear friend.  Without our donors, CAPTA wouldn't exist!   

On behalf of every member of Calicanto team, that has worked so hard and gone through ups and downs to get to this beautiful moment: Thank You!!  As I told the women, when I saw them in the stage with a smile illuminating their faces: every minute of our daily work makes all the sense in the world!

Warm regards,

Patricia.

Hands up in the air!
Hands up in the air!
V Capta 2011.
V Capta 2011.
With American Ambassador Phyllis Powers.
With American Ambassador Phyllis Powers.

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Oct 18, 2011

Get to know us better!

Painting a mural in Santa Familia Building
Painting a mural in Santa Familia Building

It has been a month and a half since Enlaces project was first posted in GlobalGiving.  We started to raise funds for the program, but more important still: we started new friendships!

So this report aims to continue growing this friendship as any other would do: by getting to know us better! ...We are going to do our part, and please do yours! Send us your support also talking to your friends about us!  "Friendraising" is a great way to inject energy into our project...and into this kids' lives! 

One of the best gifts that GlobalGiving has given to Enlaces, is the possibility to get volunteers from HP to get to know us.  The panamanian staff members of Hewlett Packard have become our dearest friends and we are so much looking forward to keep on doing things with them.  Together with Nefthaly, the program coordinator and psychologist, they have launched a tutoring program on Saturdays, that focus on helping children with homework from other courses that they don't have time to finish during the week (We focus their weekdays' tutoring in Math and Language).

Our friends from SembrArte also organized a Sunday activity and together with the kids, painted a mural in one of the Santa Familia Building's walls.

The value of the month has been Empathy.  It is challenging to promote this in the group when some of the kids live surrounded by negative role models. But they have attended workshops leaded by the program's psychologist to build the capacity to feel share experiences to recognize and share feelings that are being experienced by other human being in positive ways.

Dance lessons have included the use of sticks to create stories that could express the movement of their bodies and rhythm of the music in a free and spontaneous manner.  The children also participated in a special class that a group of professional dancers gave them on Aerial Dance. It was amazing for them to see what this artists are able to do, and the potential that modern dance has when hard work, discipline and creativity combine in stage!

Students and teachers practice with much dedication the presentation for the end of the year, playing various scenes of real-life situations with a touch of humor.  They also formed part of the recording of a TV show where they give advice to other children on how to conserve the environment.  The latter presented a great challenge for them, since they needed to put into practice their projection before the cameras and good communication.

So our friends...these are some news from the Enlaces day to day, and we hope that they encourage you to keep supporting this program, helping all of us in Calicanto to shape the leaders of tomorrow!!

Thank you for your friendship!!

Dancing using sticks!
Dancing using sticks!
Our HP friends teaching how to use computers!
Our HP friends teaching how to use computers!
With Graffiti artist Man One...what an afternoon!
With Graffiti artist Man One...what an afternoon!
Circus Workshop
Circus Workshop
Saturday Tutoring with HP volunteers
Saturday Tutoring with HP volunteers
Aerial Dance Workshop
Aerial Dance Workshop
Oct 10, 2011

The 5th CAPTA 2011 makes its way to Hotel School!

Their last day in the Fundamental Cycle!
Their last day in the Fundamental Cycle!

Last Friday, September 30th, 18 women enrolled in CAPTA course finished the Foundamental Cycle and were happy and excited about what next monday would bring:  the opportunity to begin their training as Housekeepers or Waitresses in Panama's most recognized Hotel School.

This is an opportunity that not everybody has.  Specially if you come from one of the most violent and poor neighborhoods in town.  But they did it!!  They finished five weeks of preparation to get ready to take this challenge and find stable jobs that will take them out of poverty.

For the first time, the Foundamental Cycle includes Basic Entrepreneurship Modules like: Budget: Why and how, Savings: Planning Ahead, Basic Administration, Success Stories among others.

We wish them all lots of success and good experiences in this new phase of their CAPTA course!  And we wish to see all 18 women in the Graduation Ceremony, next October the 19th!

First day at the Hotel School!
First day at the Hotel School!
During the tour at Hotel School Facilities.
During the tour at Hotel School Facilities.

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