Jun 26, 2018

In CAPTA we discovered our own self-worth and found a new family

'I must keep going. I will not quit.'
'I must keep going. I will not quit.'

On a gray and rainy day, we were hopping the weather would get better to celebrate the graduation for the class CAPTA 47 and just after noon the rain stopped, and the sun came out as a witness of the joy of the 24 women that completed more than 344 hours of training for employment and for their lives. They stood out for their level of commitment, high sense of belonging and empathy among peers. In the words of Paulina "In CAPTA we discovered our own self-worth and found a new family".

This group of women, with difficult life stories overcame the obstacles that arose in the middle of their training and decided to persevere. During the program they had in common the strong desire to succeed and the qualities required for a successful process.

Each day they demonstrated their level of commitment in the midst of scarcity and illness, some with night jobs to sustain their homes and attend the course, others leaving their children in the care of relatives and neighbors; there was also the case of a woman who fought for child support through the court from her absent partner.

For us, the most moving characteristic of these women was that they were willing to support the Foundation in extracurricular activities, expressing solidarity among peers. During classes, they played an active role in the development of assigned tasks to ensure the logistics of the training. They were willing to negotiate in conflict situations and had a positive attitude.

The time went by so quickly, but it was enough to create strong and lasting hope, friendships and encouragement. After lots of preparation, they had an emotional graduation. One by one, they heard their names and with a mixed of emotions they went on stage to receive their certificates. Now they are 24 confident women who recognize their value in society and are willing to fight for their life plan and get a decent job to improve their quality of life and provide more opportunities for their children.

Paulina began workinhg in a restaurant.
Paulina began workinhg in a restaurant.
Today, I choose to work hard for my dreams
Today, I choose to work hard for my dreams
"I believe in myself."
"I believe in myself."
My son said: "Mom, Capta makes You a better Mom."
My son said: "Mom, Capta makes You a better Mom."
Thank you! YOU are a part of their lives too.
Thank you! YOU are a part of their lives too.

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Jun 7, 2018

We had the opportunity to give back

A happy, welcoming smile.
A happy, welcoming smile.

We had the opportunity to give back to the community a little of what we received, but in the best way we know: through dance!


As part of the Good Actions Day, we hosted three special classes for children and young people participating in social projects of partner organizations.

 

100 children vibrated and danced at the rhythm of solidarity, in the new facilities of the Enlaces Program.

 

Our students had the opportunity of volunteering teaching dance lessons, welcoming our guests and preparing snacks.

 

We thank SENNIAF, the Panamanian Red Cross, Ret International and the families of our guests for joining us to share the transforming power of dance.

 

We are proud of the sense of social responsibility that is emerging in our students!

Our advanced students were special teachers
Our advanced students were special teachers
Everyone had a role, and every role was special.
Everyone had a role, and every role was special.
Dance allows us to connect with new friends
Dance allows us to connect with new friends
Jun 7, 2018

Join us to honor the 500th anniversary of Panama

Intergenerational dialogues create bridges
Intergenerational dialogues create bridges

"My Life is Movement" is a process of participatory research and choreographic creation with children and adolescents that seeks to recover the historical memory of three communities of Panama City.

 

Starting from intergenerational dialogues, we seek to rescue and document the intangible and historical heritage of the communities related to its foundation, origin of its first inhabitants, expansion, and past and current integration phenomena.

 

Additionally, the project included a choreographic creation laboratory that, through the body and its movement, allows to re-elaborate a deeper sense of Identity.

 

The young people investigated and documented, through interviews with owners of the local historical memory (older adults), about the processes of the emergence of their communities, their first inhabitants, the forms of conflict and social integration.

 

At Enlaces we are glad to be part of this city and celebrate with children our history and culture.

Human mobility enriched our culture
Human mobility enriched our culture
We are part of this city
We are part of this city
 
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