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Jul 5, 2016

The joy that protects us!

Remansito flood
Remansito flood

THE JOY THAT PROTECTS US!

Late last year, heavy rains overflowed the Paraguay River, leaving many families homeless living on its banks. One of the main affected areas was the lowest region of the Remansito community in the Presidente Hayes department.

Floods and storms affected several homes and two schools. This situation showed the need to work in emergency response capacities as well as the protection of children and teenagers, their families and community.

In this context, the Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) and Global Infancia Paraguay, within the framework of the initiative "Rory Nañe mo'a" (from Guarani language: the joy that protects us), developed the project "safe spaces" with the aim of establishing a suitable environment where through recreational and educational activities, children and adolescents shared hygiene practices and ways of protection against abuse and violence.

"This project helped a lot, we learned that people have to organise. In the neighbourhood there were many people who saw how the water was reaching their house, they despaired but did nothing" said Elvira, a woman from the community.

Elvira is one of the first settlers of the settlement La Esperanza, about 3 kilometers from Remansito Community Center and one of the main collaborators of the API program (Attention to Early Childhood) in their community, to the point of giving her yard so that classes could be given there.

Meanwhile, Maria Liz Paola (7), who attends the second grade of the little San Ramon School says that "when there is a lot of mud I don’t like my community, that's something I want to change. Because when there is mud we cannot play, you cannot go to school. When it rains we can’t even go down the street, you can’t go outside. "

The project lasted two months, directly benefiting 308 children, adolescents and adults in the communities "San Ramon" and "La Esperanza". It included several activities, like the production of a document assessment of the situation of the community, implementation and equipping of a "safe space" in each community, and delivery of emergency kits to families benefiting from the project, resulting from a census implemented in the area.

Community receiving water pump
Community receiving water pump
Elvira
Elvira
Learning about response to emergencies
Learning about response to emergencies
Giving out the emergency kits
Giving out the emergency kits
Maria Liz Paola
Maria Liz Paola
Apr 5, 2016

Remansito, back to school!

Volunteers handing out school kits!
Volunteers handing out school kits!

During March, colleagues, teachers and volunteers from Remansito Community Center assembled complementary school kits for children in the program.

This action is followed by a series of activities and processes in the area of education, such as school support, development of social and educational skills, workshops and meetings with young people, adolescents and children, mothers, fathers and teachers.

The program also includes actions that promote prevention and health care, and the consolidation and strengthening of the Centre as a place of reference for the community, including active participation of children and adolescents, promotion of productive projects for mothers, literacy for youth and adults, among others.

Since 2013 more than 1,300 children and teenagers attend daily to the community center of this town in search of services and opportunities, and we hope you’ll continue to support them during 2016!

Boys and girls during an art class!
Boys and girls during an art class!
Jan 6, 2016

Christmas workshops at Remansito

In the first week of December we held two different Christmas workshops at the Remansito Community Center:

We had a wonderful time with the children and teenagers of the Remansito community who came to the workshop; they learned how to make ornaments with recycled materials. They also made a Christmas manger with recycled bottles and a Christmas tree made with old tires, ¡very original! 

In addition to working with children and teenagers, we also work to improve the quality of life of the people from this community, by offering workshops and courses for them. This time we also made a Christmas cooking workshop for moms,  where they learned how to bake a "sweet Chirstmas bread", a typical cake we eat in this festive season. It was a fun afternoon and the sweet bread was delicious.

 

¡Thank you for all you've done to support this cause during 2015! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a 2016 full of great moments.

Christmas manger made with recycled bottles
Christmas manger made with recycled bottles
Christmas cooking workshop
Christmas cooking workshop
 
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