Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art

by El Arca en Queretaro IAP
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Help Adults with Disabilities in Mexico Create Art
Flamboyant tree blooming in the workshop's patio
Flamboyant tree blooming in the workshop's patio

Hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health and spirit!

As spring arrived and the jacaranda and later the flamboyant trees bloomed all over the city and countryside, the number of people affected by Covid in Querétaro started to decline. We therefore decided to resume some of the activities in the workshop in Santa Bárbara about a month ago. Few beneficiaries come at a time and they are spread in the various areas of the building and the patio in order to reduce any possible risk of infection. One thing for sure is that everyone is delighted to leave their home and spend few hours in their working space and meet again their friends and staff members!!!

Fernando has been a member of our community for the last 3 years. When he was 10 years old, he had a cardio-pulmonary arrest that left him with several limitations in the intellectual and motor levels, as well an emotional vulnerability. Since then, his mother has been overprotective due to her concerns about his health and well-being. He is now 26 and has developed into a handsome and very nice and outgoing young man. He lives with his mother and interacts often with his two sisters and their families. Staying home for more then a year due to the pandemic was very hard on him. He now comes twice a week to El Arca to work in the carpentry and baking areas. During the contingency, we realized the importance of encouraging the beneficiaries to develop quality products that they could promote and sell on their own, with the guidance of El Arca. Some, like Andrea and Jorge Luis, have been selling some of their beautiful paintings to family, neighbors and friends around them. Fernando would like to develop his own granola recipe and sell a quality product with good nutritional value. Along with Isabel, who is in charge of the bakery, they have developed a tasty granola formula and are being helped by various university students to define cost and price, design the packing and labels, and start promoting the product for its sale. The motivation and joy of Fernando are contagious both at his home and in El Arca!!

We are delighted that the beneficiaries from our project continue to work on beautiful, useful and yummy creations! They and the people around them are able to focus more on their abilities and gifts, instead of their disabilities, and they are taking the first steps towards partial economic independence and greater confidence and autonomy.

Thank you so much for your contributions to our project, they allow us to keep going with our undertakings, and to bring joy and satisfaction to many people like Fernando! All members of our community in Santa Bárbara, Mexico, send you blessings, may you all stay safe and healthy!!

Brasilia preparing for bracelet making
Brasilia preparing for bracelet making
Andrea painting a wooden cross
Andrea painting a wooden cross
Fernando preparing the granola mix
Fernando preparing the granola mix
Fernando baking granola
Fernando baking granola

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Celebrating the women of our community
Celebrating the women of our community

Greetings to you from Querétaro, Mexico!

We will soon be completing a year since the beginning of the confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although everyone is very keen to be able to meet and work together again, a certain routine for activities from our homes has settled in. Most of the beneficiaries are now comfortable using the adequate tools to be able to connect virtually, on their own or with a little help from a family member.

During this month, as we commemorate the many courageous and extraordinary women all over the world who led the Women’s Rights movement, and brought much needed attention to issues such as gender equality, and violence against women, at El Arca, we are celebrating the many gifts of the women with intellectual disabilities in our community.  

They all enjoy the activities in the bakery, carpentry, jewelry or painting workshops; participate joyfully in the yoga, zumba and folkloric dance classes led by our dedicated staff; and develop their reading, writing and math skills with our volunteers. They also help out with chores and cooking at home, and all of them have dreams for a better tomorrow.

Andrea is a 34 year-old woman with Down syndrome who, despite the contingency, still dreams of an independent life. She is an extraordinary painter, loves to dance on many rhythms and enjoy listening to music. She is a very structured and direct person who expresses herself with clarity and honesty. Andrea is also a very thoughtful and generous person; last December she weaved scarves for family members as Christmas gifts :)) Before the pandemic, she was working three days a week in a restaurant where she enjoyed the interactions with clients. Luckily, César her employer, has promised to hire her back as soon as the conditions are safe for her. A beautiful large painting that Andrea made last year now decorates the living room of César, who had commissioned her a 2 x 1.5 meter canvas.  

Join us as we honor and encourage Rocío, Juanita, Andrea, Lupita, María Luisa, Bertha, Alejandra, Brasilia, Leticia, Ana Karen and Fernanda to keep moving forward in all their activities and endeavors. Your contributions allow us to keep going with our undertakings despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic. And for this, we are very, very thankful!!! All members of our community in Santa Bárbara, Mexico, send you blessings, may you all stay safe and healthy!!

Cesar is so pleased with the painting of Andrea!!
Cesar is so pleased with the painting of Andrea!!
Colorful scarves made by Andrea
Colorful scarves made by Andrea

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Day of the Dead Offerings
Day of the Dead Offerings

Members of the community of El Arca in Querétaro greet you and hope you are doing well and keeping healthy as the year is coming to its end!

With the continuing confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our life in the care home goes on with minimum contact with people from outside the community. Everyone is now used to this slower pace of life, but enjoy the once a week outing in company of horses in the equino-therapy sessions. To celebrate the traditional Day of the Dead, we set up, as every year, an altar with offerings to our departed family members.

As for the workshop, activities continue to be online but with sessions now focused on product development. Back in August, we prepared special kits of material and some simple equipment for our beneficiaries, so they could handcraft objects or paintings, or bake some new and simple recipes from the convenience and safety of their own homes. Most of them wait anxiously for these online sessions, and have become quite knowledgeable in the use of virtual tools. Rocío, an adult with Down syndrome did not have the mean to connect to the sessions, but thanks to generous donors like you, we were able to provide her with a smart phone that she uses to follow instructions and bake, on her own, the recipes that Isabel from El Arca send and explain to her. Francisco, on the other hand, uses all the scraps from the carpentry activities and comes up with his own creations. In addition, all the beneficiaries were provided with some plantlets to start up and learn to take care of their own herb garden.  

Members of the community have now started painting Christmas ornaments and preparing for baking special breads and cookies to be offered early December in Christmas bazars, of course, online!!! And a month from now, we will celebrate our 21st anniversary of living, working, and creating with people with intellectual disabilities, most probably in an online celebration, keeping our safe distances and taking care of each others. 

We thank each and every one of you for believing in and supporting our mission! Help us continue to make a difference in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities. Your contributions allow us to keep going with our activities despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic. We send you blessings from Santa Bárbara, Mexico, and may you all stay safe and healthy!!

Rocio receiving her smart phone
Rocio receiving her smart phone
Francisco's creation with wood scraps
Francisco's creation with wood scraps
Beneficiaries proud with their own herb plants
Beneficiaries proud with their own herb plants

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Enjoying the garden at our home
Enjoying the garden at our home

The community of El Arca in Querétaro sends cordial greetings, hoping that you and your loved ones are all well in these challenging times!

For the last four months, since the onset of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, we have had to make major changes in our mode of operations. In the care home, all beneficiaries and live-in assistants have been confined, for their safety, with minimum contact with people from outside the community. Although very hard at the beginning, little by little, people started getting used to a slower pace of life, enjoying simple moments of living in community, communicating with the outside world via phone calls and video conferencing, carrying on activities from within the house and in the garden.

As for the workshop, all activities stopped and beneficiaries were kept at home with their families. After a couple of weeks trying to grasp with the new reality, we shifted to a virtual mode of accompanying and guiding the persons with intellectual disabilities through a special program of activities that they could do from their homes. Their families became more involved and helped report back on progress and achievements. We offered special webinars on Human Rights and special care during the pandemic, continued with a weekly sharing session for the beneficiaries, commented all together on movies that we each watched separately.

Although these have been really trying times to many, good things have also emerged out. Jorge Luis, one of the most productive and creative painters of the workshop, felt at loss at the beginning, being away from all the supplies that allowed him to express his creativity. Nevertheless, his mother, Señora Yolanda, and other relatives started bringing him some painting and drawing material. And Jorge Luis started creating again, following suggestions from Diana, his instructor from El Arca, but also giving way to his own ideas and inspirations. In the few months of the contingency, he completed eight paintings, and even started selling some of them!!! We are truly happy of Jorge Luis’s achievements, and the encouragement and involvement of his family. We feel that he is walking towards living fully his own gift and assuming greater autonomy. We send you a photo of some of his creations during the contingency. We invite you to like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ArcaEnQueretaroIAP and/or follow us on Instagram https://www.facebook.com/ArcaEnQueretaroIAP to keep abreast of what is happening in our community.

In these unprecedented times when the whole world is suffering from a major sanitary and economic crisis, and several of our fundraising events have been canceled, the donations that come to us through GlobalGiving are needed more then ever and are highly appreciated. We thank each and every one of you for believing in and supporting our mission! We send you blessings from Santa Bárbara, Mexico, and may you all stay safe and healthy!!

Jorge Luis and some of his creations
Jorge Luis and some of his creations
Our meetings are virtual now!
Our meetings are virtual now!
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Daniel with Diana in a communication game
Daniel with Diana in a communication game

Daniel is a 36 year-old man with intellectual disability, who is also deaf. When Daniel first arrived to the workshop of El Arca, he seemed to be very shy. It was hard for him to communicate with others, and he avoided eye contact and other interactions. He worked for about four months in the bakery area, quietly and in an organized manner. And then one day, Isabel, the assistant in the bakery recalls, Daniel very decidedly shed his facemask, hairnet and apron, and marched to seat himself at the table in our art workshop, where others were drawing and painting. Diana, although surprised, provided Daniel with materials and he began drawing and experimenting with colors. His participation in the art workshop permitted him to open an unsuspected and very rich channel of communication, improving Daniel´s life immeasurably as well as progressively enabling him to engage in communal activities as never before! He clearly glows with happiness while drawing and painting, and shows great satisfaction with the completion of each work of art. He enthusiastically photographs everything he produces. His works are varied and include amazing cats, and some colorful versions of Frida Kahlo and other Mexican women. He now cordially greets and takes leave of his companions in the workshop on a daily basis. 

Including Daniel, there are now seven members with intellectual disabilities participating in the art workshop. They paint on small wooden coasters, frames, and wooden boxes for tea bags, mobile phone holders as well as large canvases for special orders. Along with others, Daniel has been joyfully expressing his creativity and consistently perfecting his artistic taste and technique.   

Daniel’s paintings and those of other artists in our community are beautifully framed through the efforts of other Arca beneficiaries participating in our carpentry workshop. Their production has been greatly enhanced through the use of new tools, recently purchased through the generosity of our GlobalGiving partners. We cannot thank you enough!

A total of 24 adults with intellectual disabilities benefit from all the activities in our day center in Santa Bárbara, Querétaro. In addition to the art workshop, the carpentry, bakery, and jewel making areas, all enjoy daily zumba sessions, weekly yoga and folkloric dance classes, and share the noon meal together. Once a month, the group visits a museum in the beautiful city of Querétaro, or goes to the movies then to a coffee shop, or enjoys the outdoors in one of the parks in or outside the city.

This project has had real life changing impact on the lives of these persons, in little but significant ways. Thank you for participating with us in this beautiful work! Blessings from Santa Bárbara, Mexico, and stay safe!!

One of Daniel's detailed paintings
One of Daniel's detailed paintings
"Mujer con flores y frutas"
"Mujer con flores y frutas"
Gabriel very concentrated on smoothing a frame
Gabriel very concentrated on smoothing a frame
Painted tea box
Painted tea box
A heartfelt "Gracias" to all of you!
A heartfelt "Gracias" to all of you!
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El Arca en Queretaro IAP

Location: Corregidora - Mexico
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Mireille Kheirallah
Corregidora, Queretaro Mexico
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