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Jul 16, 2018

MAKING THE DIFFERENCE!

They are the ladies who attended the workshop
They are the ladies who attended the workshop

Hello everyone!
As always it is a pleasure and a privilege to inform them of what we are doing and we want to reach with our Let's be Ready guys. I also want to apologize for not having written before, but these last two months we have had many activities and trainings, with students and teachers ...

  • First I want to tell you that our Director SARA TUN, organized a workshop in the San Antonio Village in Xenacoj, in the school of that community; for ladies of the basic level; with the aim of discovering themselves on who I am? What are the changes that all women have when developing, because it is necessary to have precautions and certain cares with our body; and how they can deal with all those changes. All the ladies participated and the parents were grateful for having talked about these issues, since in that very rural community in which many families still find it difficult to talk about these issues with their daughters.

 

  • As a second point, I want to tell you that we had the pleasant visit of our dear sponsors, WILLIAM AND JANICE, they visited the Elba school in Patzicía; They were very excited for the visit they made and satisfied with the work our teacher is doing in that community. They were sharing with the children and reading stories, and that was precisely the surprise they made. They made a donation of very funny and interesting books to the children of the school, for their library corner.

 

  • Finally, all the teachers of Let's be Ready had a workshop on June 21 in Xenacoj; which was given by a person named Claudia Acevedo who is part of an organization called "ACTORAS DE CAMBIO". This organization defends both the rights of women and of people who have had the bad experience of going through some type of abuse, whether of freedom or sexual abuse. The workshop was about how in some parts of our country there are still very bad people who abuse the freedom of people, we saw some experiences of people who went through sexual abuse and how they managed to overcome that bad experience and what we can do now if we do not want this to remain part of our children's future. It was very interesting and made us raise awareness to be more interested in the welfare of our children and be more observant in case someone is going through a situation like this ...

That's all for now, our second "professional growth" training is approaching, that's what we'll talk about next month. It was a pleasure to share this information ...

Until next time.

Activity about artistic expression with the ladies
Activity about artistic expression with the ladies
William and Janice happy! to be with the children
William and Janice happy! to be with the children
This story was very interesting for them...
This story was very interesting for them...
Claudia giving the workshop on sexual abuse
Claudia giving the workshop on sexual abuse
May 22, 2018

Our goal: we have a commitment to the planet

The tree made with dry leaves
The tree made with dry leaves

First of all, I want to mention that we are very grateful, happy and satisfied for all the work that is taking place in our schools. All teachers are striving more and more to teach everything necessary for the education of children, with the aim of giving them a better future, but not only to them but to the community; and even the environment.


¡The future of the Planet is in our hands! With this phrase we manage to make children and families aware of our planet; due to the celebration of Earth Day, last April 22. A date that should not only be celebrated once a year, but always, because if we all cared for the planet, we would live in a better world.

All the teachers carried out different types of activities for this special day since at the beginning of the year we set ourselves the goal of doing something for the environment, for example, in the community of San Juan del Obispo: Paola spent a week teaching them the importance of taking care of the earth, so they picked up trash in the streets, sowed seeds, made a tree with dry leaves and a heart representing the love we must feel for the most beautiful planet in which we live.

In the community of El Sitán-Patzicía with the help of the mothers, the children and the teacher Roselia, they carried out a cleaning in all the surroundings of that place collecting garbage and keeping the materials that can be reused.

And in El Potrerío-Patzún, with Evelyn they also collected garbage and made their own garden for their little school, the mothers helped to plant the flowers and the children decorated with rocks painted by themselves; certainly a very fun activity to further strengthen the relationship between Mother and child.

We emphasize very much the importance of RECYCLING, so some of us this month held a Recycling Fair, in order to raise awareness in each of the families that make up our community; to take care of what we have and not contaminate our home. They also observed that we do not need expensive or indispensable materials so that our children have a very good education and that learning is meaningful.

That is why all those who support us, we also invite them to do something for the planet if they have not yet done so, and if they are already doing so we congratulate them, continue ahead as we are in time to save it; Remember that "The Earth is our home, let us help protect it and take care of it since the future of our children depends on it"

And once again thank you, thank you very much for all the support you give us.

All collaborating in collecting garbage
All collaborating in collecting garbage
with these pinecones, the children create this
with these pinecones, the children create this
Cristopher making a worm with recyclable material
Cristopher making a worm with recyclable material
May 14, 2018

Our living environment

The centre is always full of kids and every day, local volunteers (Vieux, Rio, Yandé and Messi) are looking for new activities, helpful for their Education, knowledge and behavior.

Most of the time, after normal class, they organized awareness-raising activity, highlighting the advantages of studying, the Children’s rights around the world and so on. For the month of May, we decided to let them explore Saint-Louis town, because the majority of them never visited down town.

In fact, coming from remote villages (Senegal, the Gambia or Guinea), those children, never left Darou their neighborhood, where they settled under the Marabout’s supervision.

Some of them were lucky to visit town to earn more money, but others stayed closed to Darou.That’s why, we thought that was judicious to show them Senegal’s cultural diversity, as well as its history, geography and social aspects. So having a tour of the city was a best way to learn a lot and our proposal of the visit was to talk about everything we meet in our way.

For this purpose, we hired a local bus called ‘car rapid’. The first lesson was to talk about that kind of bus and which role it played during the colonialism in Senegal. We explained the different prices of transport in town, depending on the money you have.

 Beginning with the History was useful because that allowed kids to understand more concerning their City. They needed to have knowledge referring to Saint-Louis region and the Colonialism. For example, how the town was developed by French colonies?Why do we have tourists?

 So children of Darou and local volunteers were also Senegalese tourists, criss-crossing the streets, between Corniche, the administrative buildings, the Bridge, the North and South Islands.

First of all, discovering the ‘Faidherbe Bridge’ was an important point, children were very curious to cross it and the local bus was waiting for us in the island. It was also so funny, because some of them were afraid to walk across the bridge. We needed to be patient and convince them to get off the bus.

Secondly, it was important to explain Saint-Louis location (Northwest of Senegal), what was a continent, an island, an ocean and a river, with the aim of distinguishing and recognizing all of them. We visited the ‘Bou el Mogdad Boat’, the African soldiers Monument, and traditional boats around.

At the end of our visit, we took them to the local amusement park to play in the jumping castle.

Children were very happy to visit their city and we hope that will enhance their knowledge. They asked us to take them back as soon as possible….it was so cute…lol

 
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