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.
Colleen Ebken, Project Lead
Christy Duce, Lead Teacher/Volunteer
Douglas McMeekin, Executive Director
Small Group In Dining Center/Temporary Classroom
Enjoying Results of Nutrition Class for Lunch
Working Hard after Lunch
Volunteer Bob - Helps Students with ESL!