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Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon

by YACHANA Foundation
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon
Students Enjoying Learning About the Forest
Students Enjoying Learning About the Forest

Today is 1 October 2014 – as many of you know from previous progress reports that our position in GlobalGiving has been secured because you enabled us to make our challenge goal. Thank you again for your donations and support. We will continue to send progress reports as we make progress towards the larger goal of $27,000. I am happy to report that as of today we have raised $6,635! This is great progress toward our final goal. We are confident we will reach this and you will see the completed project very soon.

Following is a short update from Christy one of our current teachers volunteering at Yachana. Please enjoy reading her perspective about our current boarding students. I am also including pictures that she has taken of her students in action.

“After spending eight years teaching in Alberta, Canada, I decided to spend four months teaching at Yachana and have found the educational philosophies and strategies that are woven into the process here to be aligned with the leading pedagogical research and practices. Currently, I am most involved with the Yachana Future Builders (YFB), a group of students who live and learn at the Yachana Center for Learning. The students in this program are highly intelligent and motivated; really, they are the kind of kids that are a pleasure to teach. They put in extra time studying and are always eager to help and learn. They ask questions all day and practice their English. They take pride in the food preparation for the students and staff here and embrace the afternoon projects for the center such as building walkways or completing drainage systems. I often find myself wishing I could expose my students at home to their level of responsibility and maturity. They take care of their laundry and schoolwork and are on time for their classes and meals. They are appreciative of the opportunity they have been offered here and are invested in their education and improving both their lives and the region. --- Christy”

Christy and I want to let you all hear directly from the students; starting later this month we will help them build and write stories that we will share with you through GlobalGiving. These stories will be from both our boarding students and our 177-day students who begin classes for the year next week. Watch for the student-generated stories staring later this month. You can also check out progress on our website and Facebook accounts.

Thank you again for your support and we hope that you will enjoy hearing directly from our students on how much your donations are appreciated by them and are helping them with their education.

Regards,

Colleen Ebken, Project Lead

Christy Duce, Lead Teacher/Volunteer

Douglas McMeekin, Executive Director

Small Group In Dining Center/Temporary Classroom
Small Group In Dining Center/Temporary Classroom
Enjoying Results of Nutrition Class for Lunch
Enjoying Results of Nutrition Class for Lunch
Working Hard after Lunch
Working Hard after Lunch
Volunteer Bob - Helps Students with ESL!
Volunteer Bob - Helps Students with ESL!
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Working on the path for the suspension bridge
Working on the path for the suspension bridge

Congratulations to the Donors of “Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon”

Congratulations to all of you, our donors, because of your help we made the threshold goal of $5,000 and 40 unique donors. We are now a permanent part of GlobalGiving!

Our boarding students are at their respective homes this week [21 days on and 7 days off] but we cannot wait to tell them next week when they return that you helped us make our goal.  In addition, we will also be able to tell this year’s day students the same success story when they start on 1 October 2014.

We still have almost $20,000 to raise to meet our finally goal to nable us to build both the classroom and the demonstration aquaponics farm – but now we can get started on both of these needed additions to the Yachana Training Center. Please continue to spread the word to your friends and family that you helped make this challenge a success and that they can help contribute to the large goal we need to achieve.

Before the boarding students left last Sunday [they have elected to call themselves “Yachana Future Builders or YFB] they did a few more chores around the training center.  Class schedules are well established and there have had fun times practicing some new culinary techniques and celebrated with a pizza party with pizza they made themselves.

Next week when they return they will be writing a story from their perspective on what your donations mean to them and their futures.  I promise to post this as soon as possible with more pictures of them in action.

Thank you again and know that your efforts to contribute are making a significant difference in the lives and futures of the students at Yachana.

Spanish Class with Teacher Christy - Volunteer
Spanish Class with Teacher Christy - Volunteer
Sumag and her baby Ashley - taking a ride
Sumag and her baby Ashley - taking a ride
View of suspension bridge and dorms in the back!
View of suspension bridge and dorms in the back!
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Laundry Day
Laundry Day

We are a little over half way through the September Open Challenge – “Build a Classroom, Save the Amazon”.  I am confident that Yachana Foundation will make it to our goal of $5,000 and 40 unique donors but we are not there yet.  

Thank you for all your recent contributions and support in our first GlobalGiving campaign.  As of today, we still need 13 more donors and about $600.  If you have not contacted your friends about the challenge, please do so now and ask them to contribute! With only 14 days left, we need to continue to push forward to meet the Open Challenge and meet our bigger goal of $27,000 to build the classroom and Aquaponics demonstration farm.

A lot has been happening at the Yachana Training Center since the beginning of September.  Our boarding students have arrived, started daily studies [English, computers and nutrition classes] and are looking forward to the new classroom and farm that your donations will help build.  The students have also been constructing new pathways, moving science project vehicles to new homes, sprucing up the Training Center and anticipating this year’s day students that will be starting the 1st of October.  Right now we are expecting 160 students but hopefully we will see more right after the start of classes like last year!

Please enjoy the recent photos showing our boarding students happy abd working hard at the Training Center.  Please feel free to share this update with your friends and watch for the next progress report when we meet the Open Challenge goal.

Grace working hard
Grace working hard
Moving Mechanics Project
Moving Mechanics Project
Hot and Tired but Happy
Hot and Tired but Happy
Getting Ready for Nutrition Class
Getting Ready for Nutrition Class
Conservation Poster
Conservation Poster
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YACHANA Foundation

Location: Quito - Ecuador
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Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Yachana_Lodge
Project Leader:
Colleen Ebken
Operations Management
Quito, Ecuador

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