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.
Jan 13, 2015

Esperanza's Third Graduation (And You're Invited)

Graduation Invitation
Graduation Invitation

This Friday, January 16th is a huge day for us here at Esperanza San Felipe: 

First and foremost, our newest group of young men will graduate from the Esperanza reintegration phase of the program at 10AM at the American Trade Hotel!

Some of these young men will be placed into jobs here in Casco Viejo and the surrounding areas.

Others will start their own businesses.

As a loyal supporter, we wanted to make sure you received an invitation to this event (attached).

As this is our third graduation, we know there's a very special energy in the room during these sorts of graduations and we'd be honored to have you share in the moment.

Second, in the same evening (if you're not able to make the graduation) we will be hosting a photo exhibition LAUNCH PARTY at Diablo Rosso cafe here in Casco.

This exhibit is a product of an art therapy project in which the boys used cameras and some basic photography training to tell their stories.

Apart from the wonderful art work and imagery...

It will be great to have you there for a drink and to celebrate this next phase in their lives.

Both invitations can be found attached (and feel free to forward this to friends and colleagues): 

Photo Exhibition Invitation
Photo Exhibition Invitation
Jan 6, 2015

Taking Dance Lessons to Schools

Group of 4th and 5th graders show their piece
Group of 4th and 5th graders show their piece

Last November, as part of Enlaces’ Extension Programs, a Dance Festival was held at the Instituto de Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Institute of Our Lady of Mercy in English) of El Chorrillo in Panama City, where fifteen of the 98 students from 4th and 5th grade whom we have been working with since 2013, showed a work sample with four students of our intensive program who participated with an extract of a piece presented in “Mi Cuerpo, Mi Fuerza” (My Body, My Srength in English), a show that made its debut last August.

This was the first time both groups presented their work in front of an audience composed exclusively by their peers. They all showed a lot of concentration, self-control and hard work. In the short sample they used techniques such as presenting their names with their bodies and the Mirror technique, where one leader directs the group as they change positions.

It was a very emotional event, where the dance teachers’ effort and dedication showed as well as the commitment that children have forged in this year of partnership with the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, where Fundación Calicanto accomplished to include Dance as a subject in their academic curriculum for 4th and 5th grade. 

At the end of the event, one of the school teachers asked to say a few words and she said “We all know how restless and uneasy our children are on a daily basis, but something magic happens when they come to Dance class; when they dance they acquire a certain peace and they seem to listen more.”  

In 2015 we plan to add another grade in this school so that more children can benefit from the dance lessons Calicanto offers.

Showing our names with our bodies
Showing our names with our bodies
Doing the Mirror technique
Doing the Mirror technique
An extract of "My Body, My Strength"
An extract of "My Body, My Strength"
Bowing with satisfaction!
Bowing with satisfaction!

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Dec 29, 2014

Interview with Recent Graduate Ana

We conduct these interviews with our graduates to understand what motivates them to join CAPTA and also to provide basic insight into the mindsets of the women we train. This is Ana's interview, she recently graduated and has been able to cash in her first check which will contribute to her daughter's education back home. 

What is your name?

Ana

How old are you?

I am 47 years old

Are you single or married?

I am legally married, but at the moment we are separated.

Do you have children?

Yes, I have a daughter who is 8. She lives far away from me with her grandparents and I miss her very much.

Have you finished high school?

No, I couldn’t finish high school. I reached 11th grade.

What did you do before the program?

Before the program, I used to work as a housemaid.

When you heard about CAPTA, what did you like about it?

What I really liked about CAPTA is that the program offers the opportunity to learn important skills that could help me land a stable job.

Why do you think you need this program?

The reason I think I need this program is for personal development, as a mother I want to provide for my daughter and I want to give her a better life.

What did you feel when you were accepted into the program?

I felt the desire to improve I knew this program would be for my benefit.

What would you like to change about your life?

I think that I would prefer to have a better quality of life.

What are your goals after you finish the program?

For me it’s a must to always keep learning and growing. I would like a stable job, improve my quality of life, own my home so that I can bring my daughter to live with me and provide for her.

What change would you like to see in the world?

I’d like to see equal opportunities for children. Learning and studying are basic things that all children should have, just like food and water.

What have you learned recently that you would have liked to know when you were a young girl?

I guess I didn’t know how important school was; if I knew better, I would have finished high school.

Anything funny about your personality?

The way I communicate, always with joy even if I am tired.

What does luxury mean to you?

Luxury means being able to afford a comfortable life style. Having my own home and car to move around, having my bills up to date. 

What would you tell a woman who could help you by buying something luxurious?

I would tell her how grateful I feel for the help she’s provided me and other women in need.

Would you like to receive some advice from these women? What would you ask?

Yes, of course I would. I would ask her for advice on what can I do to have the same opportunities she has. 

What advice could you give to a younger woman?

A good advice for a younger woman is to study, so that she does not regret it later.

How did this program change your life? Has there been a change in your life after the program?

The program helped me to improve as a person. Now I can solve conflicts and express myself without aggression.  My life changed because they gave me the key to change things in my life. For example, now I have a stable job and I am about to cash my first paycheck. I will send that money to my mother to help pay my daughter’s education back home.

Ana in the International Hotel School
Ana in the International Hotel School
Theater helps the women understand their emotions
Theater helps the women understand their emotions
 
   

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