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After school programs to inspire children & youth

by Fundacion Clara Luna
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth

In addition to our regular free reading and story time activities here are some special projects we did in the past three months

December at Clara Luna was all about Human Rights. A We started off with creating a special “Clara Luna Human Rights Bill”. On a big wooden board the kids and their parents signed a declaration with their  Right handprints symbolizing human "rights" in the colors of Ecuador. The declaration said: “Todos los seres humanos nacen libres e iguales en dignidad y derechos (All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights)”. The process of creating the declaration evoked emotions and a sensibility for the importance of maintaining these rights. We also introduced Club De Niños to “Imagine” by John Lennon. Next to listening and signing the song, Paola discovered a book that contained the original lyrics with a Spanish translation and images that illustrated the message of the song and the Human Rights topic.  The following weekend the Jovenes were part of a project that was created by “Mingas por el mar”, an Ecuadorian organization that cleans up beaches on the entire coast of Ecuador and provides information about how trash, especially plastic, threatens the vitality of our oceans and its biodiversity in general. The teenagers, Paola, the Mingas por el mar team, other volunteers from Puerto Lopez, and me met in the morning on Saturday. We started off with a small presentation about what happens with trash after it is irresponsibly disposed into the ocean and how it ends up being part of every organism in the water in the shape of micro plastic particles. The moral of the presentation was to especially prevent the usage of unnecessary plastic products. Afterwards we gathered and walked along the beach of Puerto Lopez to collect trash. It was interesting and alarming at the same time: most of the trash were the “unnecessary plastic products” we were taught about – things like plastic bags, toothbrushes, cups, straws, and of course candy wrappings. At the end we sorted the trash to put it onto a wall at the beach front that we had painted blue before. When you walk by this work of art automatically catches the eye and makes one aware of the two problems we all have to faces and solve: how do we create less trash and how do we dispose it responsibly.

 January after the Christmas break we dove into the world of magic. The magic was amusing not only for the kids, but also for the volunteers. Ed, Lino, Paola, and Nina very enthusiastically practiced magic tricks, which they can presented to the kids. We became proper magicians and even amazed each other with our magical abilities.

The children from the “Club the de Niños” read by themselves, as usual, then Paola read them a related story about magic. Afterwards it was time for the show by our magicians. One after the other we showed our tricks; Lino had some card tricks, Ed had the magic two-dollar bill and the magic coins, Paola made the coins disappear and reappear and Nina had the magic flying bottle and the magic spoon. Wow, you should have seen the faces of the kids!!! Amazing! They were completely shocked, sitting there with their mouth wide open! We said, Mission Completed!With the “Club de Jóvenes” we looked at the subject evolution. We explained evolution to them, showed them videos and got them to know Charles Darwin and his evolution theory inspired by the Galapagos Islands.

 To finish our magical month, we got totally bedazzled by the laughs, smiles and energy of the disabled kids during the surf lesson, simply magical!!!

 February began with the Popular Consultation Vote in Clara Luna. Every member of Clara Luna got an ID card for the  “Republic of Clara Luna” and secret ballots on which they voted yes or no on seven questions concerning future activities of the foundation.  Ex: Would you like to meet an author?  Yes!!  This activity paralleled an actual Ecuadorian vote where the population voted on constitutional amendments.

 To celebrate Darwin’s birthday , we did activities about evolution.  From the book “Grandmother Fish”, we did all together a big evolution tree. The volunteers, Ed, Nina, Yesica and Marina had fun preparing the activity.With the help of a Peruvian art therapist,  Luciana,  the Children’s Club also did some theatre. We all became fishes, monkeys, dolphins…After that, we read a story about Darwin’s life and told it, then played it.

On a  rainy day, after carnival, a motivated group went to clean the beach in an event sponsored by the Ministry of the Interior and Conservation International. Together we collected hundreds of pounds of trash. We all want to protect our planet and our cousin animals. Good job!The Disabilities Club worked on the conservation theme, and they also went to surf twice on Thursdays! They were great afternoons, because of the beautiful sun and special help from Adam and the surf crew from Ayampe.

 This month is also the beginning of Rainbow Days. With the kids between 10 and 12, we are doing activities to improve self-esteem. Now, we can say: ¡Yo soy! ¡Yo puedo! ¡Yo tengo! ¡Yo haré! ¡Yo creo! ……I am! I can! I have! I will! I believe!

 The Youth Club talked about sexual education. It was a really interesting exchange with the teenagers. They know a lot of things, but they are sometimes confused because of what they can see on movies. On Saturday, after el club, Yesica teached us acro yoga on the beach. The kids loved that and they planed to do it each Tuesday.

Kid
Kid's Club Referendum
Beach cleaning
Beach cleaning
Environmental Mural Painting
Environmental Mural Painting
Tagging who I am
Tagging who I am
What a blast!
What a blast!
Christmas time
Christmas time

For the entire month of September, we celebrated our annual Olympic Games. We started with the history of ancient Olympic games, tried a demonstration of discus throwing, also we made olive branch crowns with the children. Then we discussed the modern Olympics. We watched videos of recent Olympic games. We made 5 different teams based on the colors of the Olympic rings. Our volunteers from Hungary ,Germany, Spain, United States and of course Ecuador represented their country. The Opening Ceremony was exciting.

Then we practiced a lot with the kids the different sports (running, relay, archery, long jump, football) ot the beach. It was fantastic how the kids took the competition seriously. Of course, we always said that the most important thing is to enjoy the game. In the Closing Ceremony the children received medals for their participation. The children read books about cooperation, team work, generosity and fair play.

In October and November, we focused on the theme: “Legends of Ecuador”. The kids were a bit spooked and really attentive to the different legends they listen in Club de Niños such as: “La Mano Negra”, “La Dama Tapada”, “La Leyenda de Etsa”, “La madre Goyita”, “La Caja Ronca”, “El duende”, “El Padre Almeida”, “Las Brujas Blancas” and in our monthly event “Érase una vez”, the kids presented the puppets show “La Leyenda de Etsa” in October, and “Davilara, el Rey de la Bomba” in November.

Also in October, the children had fun with Adam y Eva, performed by a traveling couple of actors from Switzerland. The play was very entertaining, and the children were laughing their way through most of it. At the end of October, Club de Niños make activities about the Halloween and The Day of the Dead.

In October, Club de Jóvenes students traveled to Ayampe to watch the release of some endangered Papagayo birds, Green Macaws, into the wild as part of our focus on learning about the native birds of Manabi province. Also, they spent this month learning all about local endangered sea turtles coming to Puerto Lopez to nest each year.

 

 

 

We will let you know soon about December and our Christmas celebration.


In the last few months, the children of the club have been very busy with their English lessons and activities; eager to learn and have fun.

In July, the children worked on stories with the theme of Diversity. We had our "Primera Feria Clara Luna" (Fair) where there was a garage sale, reading activities, yoga for parents, and a puppet play, "The Musicians of Bremen", prepared by the children. There was a circus for the children with the Anay Pacha project, “Feria de Dulces” (Candy Fair) run by the Club de Jóvenes as well as a raffle of an almost new bicycle.

In cooperation with the Project Desarrollo Sustentable, a workshop took place where the children made toys with recycled material practicing environmental conservation.

We celebrated with National Park Machalilla's 38th  Anniversary by marching in the parade with banners proclaiming messages of conservation and environmental protection.

Our Club de Jóvenes bicycled to Los Frailes Beach, in the Machalilla National Park area for a day of recreation.

In August, our Club de Niños concentrated on Hospitality. They listened to stories and did activities illustrating the rainbow of humanity, the children of the world, their rights, and the causes and consequences of migration. They discovered human values such as tolerance, empathy and fraternity that described  Hospitality.

Also, the children produced a puppet play "La peor señora del mundo, (The Worst Lady in the World)", which was a resounding success at our monthly event "Érase Una Vez” (Once Upon a Time)

In September, we are preparing for the Olympic Games of Clara Luna 2017. We’ll have to tell you about that later!
Our field trip to Los Frailes
Our field trip to Los Frailes

Our new school year started in May and the first two months have been off to a busy start. We are continuing with our regular programs, Kids Club, Youth Group, and English classes that more and more kids are showing interest in joining. In our kids club, we have reached 50 children on the attendance list!!! 

Besides our regular programing, the past two months we have had two erase una vez events. These are events where parents and children come together for a night of reading out loud, a puppet show, exploring new book donations, and a presentation of that months crafts done during Kids Club. Our May event revolved around the environment and in June our event was all about monsters. We think it is safe to say children at Clara Luna are no longer scared of monsters! 

In June, the girls in our youth group held an open house for two of the high schools in Puerto Lopez where they presented on topics they learned about from our stay away camp in April. Fifteen girls presented on seven different topics and impressed their classmates and professors. They taught the students about gender, stereotypes, rights, sexual education, and family planning. Our open house reached more than 250 students in the two high schools. 

At the end of June, Clara Luna kids club took a field trip to Los Frailes. Los Frailes is part of Machalilla National Park and is a protected area. We went on a hike to learn about sub-tropical forests and ended our hike on the beautiful beach where the kids ran and played. 

The past three months have gone wonderfully at Clara Luna, thank you to your donations and support. We can't wait to see what is in store for the next three months! 

Girls presenting during the open house
Girls presenting during the open house
Presenters of the open house!
Presenters of the open house!

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Before starting the mural
Before starting the mural

We are currently in our fifth week of vacation courses at Clara Luna with the youth of Puerto Lopez. Each day during the week, we have a different club ranging from music, dance, eco-club, journalism, mural painting, recycled art, and more. 

In this report we will do a feature on two clubs, Journalism and Mural Painting. 
Teaching journalism club is Valeria Saenz, a former journalist in Ecuador. At the end of eight weeks, the students will have put together a blog each with their own piece complete with photos to share with the community of Puerto Lopez. This past week, we had a special guest in journalism club, Daniel Zapata who is a professional photographer. He brought his equipment to teach the students how to take photos for their articles. The students were thrilled to use professional cameras and take stupendous photos for their final blog posts. 
Mural painting club is taught by Sheyla Cobos. She has painted murals around nearly all of Puerto Lopez and was the perfect teacher for this class. In the first couple weeks, the students learned about murals and what they consist of. Then they came up with personal ideas of what they would like to put in a mural in Puerto Lopez. We then combined a majority of these ideas into one mural. We then had the task to go find the perfect wall to paint in Puerto Lopez and that was right outside one of the high schools. Two weeks ago, the students started painting the mural and are still working on the finishing touches. 
These vacation courses are serving their purpose by giving youth in Puerto Lopez activities to do during their vacation and keeping them involved. These courses would have been impossible without your help. So thank you, and know you are making a difference in many youth of Puerto Lopez. 
Planning the mural
Planning the mural
Journalism Club
Journalism Club
Practicing with the cameras
Practicing with the cameras
 

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Fundacion Clara Luna

Location: Puerto Lopez, Manabi - Ecuador
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Paola Martínez
Puerto Lopez, Manabi Ecuador

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