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Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood

by Fundacion Minga Valpo
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Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood
Give Children a Safer and Happier Childhood

Dear community, first of all, we hope you are safe and sound. We share with you the activities that we have carried out since the last time we wrote to you.

In February, before life as we knew changed, we launched the book: "LudoLibro: Historias de la casa de barro" (LudoBook: Stories from the mud house), which was created by the children of the Ludoteca, which reflects what this space means to them. Together we premiered a short film: "Ludo Movie", the first short film ever made by us, it was published on Facebook: Ludoteca Merced. We carried out all this in the Cultural Park and it was broadcast through the Portales radio, in the city of Valparaíso. It was a day full of laughter, stories, and games, where the boys and girls were able to share their experiences about the Ludoteca and the impact it has on their lives.

As soon as the quarantine for the Covid-19 started, we began to work with the children from their homes, which is why we have promoted different ways to stay close to the children and this is how we generated a YouTube channel, called LudoRandom (https: // www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ2YbqLk9ZM2wNCA45PlRJw) where we share workshops, talks, games, activity books and riddles with the community, so they can develop from their homes. Also for this scenario, we communicate from our network tips on health, hygiene, and activities, called Ludotips.

And finally, we start May with a very special workshop for each one of the children of the Ludoteca community. ”Taller en Música en Colores” (Color Music Workshop). Which has the objective that children can learn to play a musical instrument, through colors and games, in a participatory, creative, and practical way.

All these activities have a direct and positive effect on each child and would not be possible without your support. We are very grateful for having you and for your trust in this noble project.

We really hope you stay safe. Thank you.

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Dear community, after several months of demonstrations in the country, we are sad to say that the political and social situation in Chile has not presented improvements. This continues to generate some complications for the Ludoteca, due to the security scenario that we are facing in the city of Valparaíso, where demonstrations are being generated almost at all times, so that the children attending the Ludoteca of another hill that Cerro Merced may have difficulty arriving, which also generates the absence of Chilean and / or foreign volunteers.

Despite these difficulties, the Ludoteca in charge of his team, headed by Professor Loreto, opens the doors day by day from Monday to Friday, between 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm, to receive the children. Thus, since October, multiple and diverse workshops have been held for both children and the community of Cerro Merced in Valparaíso. One of the most important was the Ludorestaurant, where children prepare delicious dishes for the community. Also, two meetings were held for the protection of children, exactly on November 15 and 29, where they worked in collaboration with other organizations in the Region where there was the creation of a community radio, puppet games, theater, Craft workshop, circus, rap and free games, by the Ludoteca Team and other volunteers outside the organization.

In addition, clown workshops, workshops for the development of games and experimental toys, the monthly recreational activity that this time was destined outside the Region, exactly in the center of creation of La Ligua, the workshop of games and creative processes and as It is usual, on the last Friday of each time, the birthday celebration was held for all children born between October and December.

It is important to mention that under the current social and environmental context, considering the fires that have affected the community, a training session was held for the community on emergency pedagogy under the guidelines of Waldorf education.

Your donations allow us to continue contributing to the emional development and integrating values such as generosity, self-control, respect and care of the environment in children and the community that attends the Ludoteca Merced. We are grateful for your collaboration that has allowed us to continue helping the children of Valparaíso. We appreciate considering telling your friends and family about our project by sharing the link to our GlobalGiving project on social media, or just bring us up in conversation. We’d love to hear the story about why you’ve picked our project, and we think your friends would too.

Thank you!

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Dear community, in this beginning of spring there have been a series of activities with children of the Ludoteca, one of the main events was the Spring Festival, a party organized by the people of the neighborhood, where the children of the Ludoteca with Colorful costumes and their own scenery, participated with a theatre play created by themselves.


During this time, we have also carried out activities of birthday celebrations, educational outings to parks and museums in the city, and various workshops that strengthen creative skills, such as painting, cooking, living, construction classes, among others.


It is also known that our country is currently in a social and political crisis that began on Friday, October 18 of this year. Every day there are various demonstrations in our city, where violence and repression by the military forces is received by the population, infringing upon the human rights of people. The children who come to the Ludoteca every day come from a vulnerable and often violent environment. And added to the context, this violence intensifies being now, inside and outside their homes.


All that has been said above has caused the usual operation of the Ludoteca to be modified to the national contingency. The schedule has had to change since public schools and gardens are not working, accessibility and frequency to public transport has been affected and the State of emergency does not allow free movement of people after 18:00 hours. Thus transforming the Ludoteca into a key space that welcomes children, generates spaces for containment and crisis management and is concerned with continuing with its fundamental recreational activities for the development of children in the community, addressing this situation of the best possible way. These days we have started the mornings with moments of conversation and reflection through drawing and painting, in order to enhance art as an expression tool. However, the resources necessary to continue our work have been affected. The teachers have had access and supply difficulties. The volunteers who usually show up have not been able to arrive due to the risk that this implies, with the Ludoteca being in a critical sector of the city of Valparaíso.


It is important for us as a foundation to make this problem visible and obtain the resources to continue supporting the children who need our assistance, and now even more the security and autonomy that the Ludoteca offers them.

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The winter has been long, but always warm and entertaining in the LUDOTECA of Cerro Merced, in VALPARAÍSO. Where every day, we receive the children of the neighborhood for activities and workshops on differents topics such as art, theater, embroidery, carpentry among others.

The puppet workshop was very entertaining, we also had the expected solar eclipse, which we all wait with a delicious hot chocolate and an afternoon of stories.

In the embroidery workshop the projects are more beautiful every day, we made an exhibition to the families, where the assistances could appreciate the work of their children during the afternoons of Tuesdays.

As usual, on Fridays we go out to differents outside activities, from walks in the neighborhood, classical music concerts at the University Federico Santa Maria, and visit an educational farm in Concon.

Also during the month of July monitors of the carpentry workshop of the Ludoteca did a workshop in a school to built a greenhouse, in 4 days between 40 young people of 14 years built a large greenhouse made of wood and tires.

And to animate the winter we are preparing a play in the theater workshop that will be exhibited at the spring festival of the hill Merced, the play is created by the children of the Ludoteca based on stories from the neighborhood.

With this we say goodbye until the next report, where we will tell you how was this beautiful spring party and the play.

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Hello and thank you,

 

We are so grateful for your dear help and that we have been able to share so many beautiful moments with the kids this month.

What a treasure it is to continue to welcome our kids to our playful Ludoteca almost every day of the week.
Here´s what a normal day at the Ludoteca can look like. 
Our kids drop in one by one after they have finished school, we greet and hug each other and start playing card games or perhaps hide and seek in the yard. When the majority have gathered it´s time to start the workshop. On a Tuesday we have a professional circus artist teaching us the ropes and how to do juggling for example. On a Wednesday we cook something, probably one of the volunteers from around the world has a recipy and some photos or stories to add to the cooking. 
If you drop by on a Thursday you will see us hunched over the camera or computer, because we have recently started our new project Ludorandom. A media project that shortly will be launched on Youtube - where the kids will record, cut and show what we do at Ludoteca, for example how we celebrated Midsommar together, a traditional Swedish feast where you dance around a pole as a frog and play silly games. And eat a lot of Swedish meatballs of course. 
Talking about feasts, on Fridays we often celebrate the kids birthdays by playing football in the big hall nextdoor, after that we sing, probably listen to an improvised rap from one of the kids, often they also share their best jokes and obviously – we dig into the birthday cake. What a joy!

This last month we had a great big celebration – the 5th anniversary of MingaValpo! How amazing it is that we have been existing, creating, playing and working for four whole years already. And it will hopefully be many more years to come. 
The day was full of tasty food, live music and fun games, we walked and danced as a big samba train up and down the streets with instruments and shouts - no one in our neighbourhood Cerro Merced have gone unnoticed about this grand day!
There were also an initiation of a colaboration with the PUCV – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. From now on we will have students volunteering and teachers will add their knowledge and assistance to the Foundation and the Ludoteca. The other day three students joined Ludoteca for a whole day to play creative and smart games that they had created for us, shared fun is double joy.
That is what we have noticed many times here at Ludoteca. Thank you for adding to the joy!

Minga Valpo team  
what is the ludoteca for the kids?
what is the ludoteca for the kids?
Circus time
Circus time
Celebrating midsommar
Celebrating midsommar
Music day
Music day
Celebrating in the neighborhood
Celebrating in the neighborhood
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Fundacion Minga Valpo

Location: ConCon, Valparaiso - Chile
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Project Leader:
Carolina Moraes
ConCon, Valparaiso Chile
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