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Jul 30, 2019

Second Training Session - 'Infant Stimulation'

Magical Classroom/Aula Magica’s Second Training Session – ‘Infant Stimulation’

During this month of July, we carried out our second successful training session. Normally we complete two training sessions during the course of the year. We bring together all of our Facilitators from the different communities located in Huehuetenango, Retalhuleu, Quiche and Solola. In total, more than 28 Facilitators were present for this training session.

During the week, each of our Facilitators learnt and reinforced their knowledge on topics such as fine and gross motor skills, writing development, reading for children, learning corners, nutrition, mathematics, painting, music, emotions, art, music-therapy, and many valuable educational activities that they will be able to use in class with our children.

It was a very productive week, with lots of learning and new experiences, and our Facilitators had the opportunity to share new experiences and techniques. The training took place in La Antigua Guatemala, and for many of the Facilitators this was their first time here, since they live on communities very far away. Some, for example, live 10-14 hours from La Antigua Guatemala. It is very heartening and significant that our Facilitators have the opportunity to visit new parts of Guatemala.

We also visited the zoo in the capital city and the Facilitators were delighted and excited to see the different animals of the zoo. This was an excellent educational experience for the Facilitators, especially as for the majority of them this was their first time visiting a zoo. We had a marvellous day with each one of them! The second training session finished with a great shared feeling of happiness, and appreciation for each one of our Facilitators due to the great effort that they put in to their communities and making a positive change through the pre-school education.

Best wishes and until the next time!

Aula Mágica

Jul 26, 2019

THE STREET OR BACK TO MY FAMILY?

His name is Malick.


Eight (8) years in the street and almost two (2) years at the center Chance for All Senegal, which gathers, directs and serves, as a home for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and talibés, here is the decisive choice: find his parent or stay on the street, which he has always known.
Malick, aged 14, has been on the street since he was four, the day his father left him under the “skirts” of a Daara marabout in the city of Saint-Louis (Pikine).


Malick is a street children like no other. He always takes care of himself with the money he makes in his long days traveling around the city of Saint-Louis. He is a soccer lover, his love for soccer makes him always dressed in the jerseys of the national team. Of his habits, Malick prowls around the hotel next to the post office (Hotel de la poste), the hotel Residence and can earn up to 700 francs the day. With the little French he knows, he sometimes serves as a tour guide. He helps tourists make money change by taking them to the ideal places or by interpreting the local language, shows them the city he knows as the palm of his hand, from the cultural center, to hotel de poste and the walks under the "takussanou"(Evening) Ndar along the bridge.


From this activity, the boy meets "toubabs"called Fred and Nancy that led him to discover warmth and hope at Chance for All Senegal since he set foot there, one day, in March 2017. The change is not about to stop there for Malick. His stride at Chance for All Senegal was the beginning of finding his family. For a child as remarkable as him, to leave him, still, at the mercy of the street was not conceivable for his new friends, family.


In a desire to reunite him with his family, The local staff at the association in collaboration with other association in Saint-Louis lead inquiries and make their way back to his hometown.
After days and days, visiting several concessions, using photos that did not betray paternal traits, they found Malick's father. Actually his father lives in Daara Djolof.
In an interview with that latter, he confides to having left him to a "Serigne" of Daara when he was four (4) years old. Time passes, he loses contact and for not having set foot in the same place for a long time, he loses sight of his boy, who had no memory of where he came from.


The father is happy and eager to be back under the same roof with his son but this is not Malick's enthusiasm. When one learns to live at his own expense soon enough the family cocoon can represent the bird’s fear of the cage: being deprived of freedom, afraid to no longer fly high.
Malick fears that he will no longer be able to make money to support himself and be a burden to his dad.
Thus, the question of gaining his family or remaining in the life he has known since his four (4) years, with the new family he has made, remains unresolved.


What would you do instead of Malick? Compromises ?

Jul 12, 2019

"Struggling for better Nutrition and Education"

Helping to serve the nutritious drink
Helping to serve the nutritious drink

As we have already told you in our past reports, the nutrition program is sponsored by the Mathile Foundation, which provides consulting services and a fortified nutritional drink containing proteins and 21 essential vitamins and minerals; better known as CHISPUDITOS for our children.

Last month we had the pleasant visit of two members of the Mathilde Foundation (Clay and Tim), who visited the school of Los Izotes in San Juan Sacatepéquez; the objective of the visit was that the members of the foundation and the team of chispuditos knew how both education and nutrition programs work in that community, and how the mothers support the preparation of the atol, as well as the children consume it daily .

The teachers Lidia and Margarita who work in this community, the children gave them a very good reception. They showed a model class to Clay and Timothy with the theme of Animal Classification, read a story about animals and last they made an animal with recyclable material, which greatly amused the children.

When the meal was over, the mothers prepared the drink, Clay and Tim served the children their atol as well as the supplement, which was a peeled orange with a ground nugget.

In the end the teachers, the children and Fred expressed their gratitude for the donation made by this foundation with the drink Chispuditos.

It was a very encouraging visit both for Lets Be Beady and the program CHISPUDITOS as it was more closely appreciated as the children enjoy their atol and how this helps them in their education.

"As a teacher, I have experienced how this nutritious drink (Chispuditos), during these two years of testing has helped our children to be more ready and prepared to learn and have a better nutrución. I think that in the most rural communities the advances of the children have been more noticeable because the boys are more prepared to be successful and to be healthy "

An image describes more than a thousand words, so in the photos below you will appreciate more about the visit and the activities described above (sorry for the definition of some photos)...

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They are the mothers who prepare the atol
They are the mothers who prepare the atol
They are the children of the Izotes
They are the children of the Izotes
Crafts with recyclable material
Crafts with recyclable material
 
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