May 27, 2021

Our report January-May 2021

Donation of school supplies for students
Donation of school supplies for students

A new year of work began and the San Genaro Foundation team continued carrying out activities of our project with Rural Schools in Santiago del Estero (Argentina).

Like every beginning of the year, our priority lies in surveying the main needs of rural communities. To reach this objective, we developed a series of surveys directed to the principals where they informed us of their situation in terms of food needs, educational materials, supplies, access to water, health of their students and educational workshops.

After the school break, on March 15 classes began throughout the Province of Santiago del Estero. Since that day, and in relation to the information collected through the surveys, we’ve made the following deliveries:

• Tool kits (full pencil case, notebook and folder) for 396 students who attend 11 schools in the program.

• Educational materials for 5 schools (maps, blackboards, world maps, cardboard, stereo, etc ...). They allow teachers to carry out the daily life of their classes

• Food kits for families who send their children to schools in the program. They were destined for 281 families.

In turn, the Buenos Aires work team, together with a group of volunteers, visited twice (April and May) the headquarters of the foundation in Santiago del Estero (Villa Ojo de Agua). On those trips, 11 rural schools participating in the program were visited. Part of the work during the visits was to talk with principals and teachers to begin planning teacher training workshops and training workshops for students. This need was one of those requested through the surveys carried out at the beginning of the year.As a complement to the work we carry out with rural schools, we also collaborate with health posts. We’ve delivered a medicines required and water purifying sachets to the sanitary agents. Finally, we want to tell you that we are already working on organizing a trip with our team of health professionals for the month of July: we will be holding primary health care days in rural communities. Also, as a measure to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be delivering hygiene kits to each of the rural families

These were months of hard work in which we were able to collaborate with families, teachers and managers in the areas of nutrition, education and health, which we consider essential for the development of a strengthened community.

Donation of school supplies for students
Donation of school supplies for students
Talking with the principal
Talking with the principal
Visiting rural communities
Visiting rural communities
Food kits for rural families
Food kits for rural families
Children at school
Children at school
Children playing
Children playing
Jan 26, 2021

Our report September - December

Delivering donations of sanitary and hygiene kits
Delivering donations of sanitary and hygiene kits

After the successful first stage of our “Rural kids seeking for a better future” campaign, we continued with the activities of our project. Thanks to the support of more than 40 donors who joined us through GlobalGiving, we have been able to continue helping 729 students from 20 rural schools, located in the south of the province of Santiago del Estero (Argentina).

Given the impossibility of carrying out other kind of activities (such as educational workshops or primary health care) due to the measures imposed by the quarantine of Covid 19 (which included the cessation of face-to-face classes in schools from 03/20/2020 ), and as a result of the serious situation that the children and their families were going through, we decided to focus on carrying out direct help actions focused on: 1) Nutrition: ensuring children’s daily meal; 2) Education: ensuring that children have the necessary educational supplies to continue their studies; 3) Health: providing elements of sanitation and hygiene, not only those necessary to face the pandemic, but also those related to the access to clear water.

Based on this, we carry out the following activities:

- September: we delivered sanitary kits (alcohol gel, reusable masks and hygiene items) together with a basic food kit to 382 rural families.

- October: we delivered school supplies to 729 children from 3 to 14 years old, so that they could continue their studies from home. This was of vital importance, given that most children do not have internet access at home and the only way they could communicate with their teachers was through text messages (classes, in some communities, were taught through local radio station). In addition, we delivered a new hygiene kit, with alcohol gel, bleach, and hygiene and cleaning products to each of the families.

- November: we offered distance literature workshops, through videos that we recorded together with a group of volunteers and that we then sent to the teachers of rural schools to share with their students. Once the activity was over, the teachers shared with us the drawings that the children made throughout the workshop.

- December: we delivered Christmas donations for children to share with their families. In addition, we sent each child a gift and a message of support to each family, so that they would know that we are always close to them.

At the same time, throughout all the months of mandatory isolation, we maintained fluid and direct contact with rural communities, attending to the needs and emergencies that arose. To do this, we work together not only with teachers and directors of rural schools, but also with health agents and local authorities.

Delivering donations of sanitary and hygiene kits
Delivering donations of sanitary and hygiene kits
Delivering Christmas kits to the rural families
Delivering Christmas kits to the rural families

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