CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program

by Fundacion Hearts of Gold
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program
CETAP-Lucy Child Sponsorship Program

At the beginning of the COVID lockdown, CETAP-Lucy found novel ways to use its facilities to respond to the desperate conditions of the underserved members of the community. With the help of volunteers who help by maintaining and repairing the donated computers that children without Wi-Fi or technical equipment in their homes use for their on-line classes. A limited number of expat volunteers have been able to return to tutor children, utilizing strict safety practices. 

Many families whose children formerly attended CETAP-Lucy can no longer afford the tuition because they have lost their employment, and some children formerly sponsored by expats lost that support. While requests are being made of the larger community to help sponsor children, the desperate situation of some rural families means that CETAP-Lucy cannot turn them away. Because of the mild temperatures in Chilcapamba, several children can work outside in the fresh air. This has allowed CETAP-Lucy to accept five returning students, even though their families cannot pay anything toward their tuition.

CETAP-Lucy also works in conjunction with Hearts of Gold to distribute food and necessities to through a food bank.

One especially needy family are the Japas. The family of five live in a tiny two-room shack made of recycled materials. Though they now have running water and a very basic electrical service, the family of five members do not have a toilet or a sink, and no bathing facilities, and there is little food in the home. The three boys were taking turns to attend their virtual classes over a single cellular phone. The children are required to complete about 80 pages of homework assignments every week that must be downloaded and printed off. Of course, they are unable to do this at home. The children have all been welcomed back at CETAP-Lucy to take advantage of the technology and tutoring help. 

There is so much need and so much to do, but we know how important our work is and we are proud of the way we have been able to adjust to these trying circumstances. We appreciate the assistance of GlobalGiving. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Dear Friends, 

It is an honor to be able to tell you about our progress during these months of work, although it is true they have been months of great anguish due to the health emergency in which the world is going through CORONAVIRUS (cov-19), especially in our city Cuenca, many people they have infected and many of them have lost the battle.

We want to tell you that we as an organization have continued to work daily in the support and accompaniment of our children, we have had to innovate and create different action strategies in order to serve our children.
We were able to finish the school year with all safety measures. Due to national regulations, face-to-face education became an online education through different virtual platforms, this has caused children to necessarily have to have technological tools such as computers and the internet to be able to fulfill all activities and tasks. This has generated some difficulties since they do not have the economic resources to invest. However, Cetap Lucy has been able to share its spaces so that the children are not left without education.

Thanks to each of you for your support, none of this would be possible without your collaboration.

Together We are the Change!
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Dear friends,

During the past two months, Cetap Lucy has continued our educational commitment to children and teenagers. We have managed to prepare the children who will go to first grade in the different schools in September.

We have also started working with a group of young people who receive sexual orientation training with our psychologist, Pablo, which focuses on sexual health for adolescents. With greater involvement of the parents, the My Shield program is carried out in order to stop child abuse.

In February we welcomed three new children for early stimulation. Due to the pandemic that plagues the whole world, we have had to change the teaching style from face-to-face to a virtual format.

Teachers offer theis class through social media and in the same way send the activities for each day.

For the families that dont have acces to internet we are offering acces to internet from our CETAP Lucy computers so they can continuo with homeschooling

Because of the quarantine we have all had to change our lifestyle, for our families it has been really hard not to be able to work and have nothing to feed their families.

We have been able to support the failies who need the most, with enough groceries for 8 days for a family of up to 5 members, we are offering this every friday thanks community oganizations that are working hard to cover basic needs.

 I would like to express a special thanks to the donors and sponsors who contribute financially so that children have access to the education provided by Cetap Lucy. Without you, this would be impossible, and we will be forced to close. Your financial contribution is the only income we have at the moment. Please don't stop supporting us.

Please take care of yourselves, stay safe and healthy!

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We are happy to express our enormous gratitude for your support during 2019!

In these past two months we have worked to improve the academic skills of our older children. We can now see significant changes in their performance and grades in school.

The younger children in the morning program are learning to develop appropriate skills for their ages.

They are gaining more independence as they grow, and the four-year-old kids can now even write their own names. The group of teenage girls have completed their psychological course in December, and the teenage boy will receive sex education next month.

During the holiday season, all of our students enjoyed presents gifted by their sponsors and other generous donors. We hope to continue working with the same energy to further our cause and encourage our students to pursue a higher education in university.

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Despite the painful situation we are living in the country, Cetap Lucy is lavouring. We have carried out the process of adaptation with young children and with the students of the different schools we are supporting some them in the virtual tasks.

We have carried out psychological and pedagogical assessments as well as leveling in the different subjects.

We are so glad to share with you a success of one of our students:

Jenny is now in the second year of a special high school which trains her for Hotel Assistant. This has proven to be an excellent choice for her. It suits her temperament and capabilities very well. As a result, she had excellent study results and ended her year at the top of the entire school.

Tradition in Ecuador is that this student is the bearer of the national tri-color flag during the annual year-end ceremony which is called Juramento de la Bandera.

A huge thanks to all of our donors and sponsors.

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Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Location: Cuenca - Ecuador
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Twitter: @Hearts_Of_Gold
Project Leader:
Maria Jose Orellana
Cuenca, Ecuador
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