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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

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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Thank you for being part of Cetaps grouth!

We have a British Clinical Psychologist working as a volunteer with us. She specialises in working with young people, mental health and trauma. Along with an Ecuadorian Psychologist she is running a young women’s empowerment group with 4 adolescents.

First we asked permission from the parents as we believe it is important to respect and honor the parents views and rights.

The group is running for 16 weeks and is covering topics such as: emotions, relaxation, respect, relationships, sexual education, rights and consent, puberty and self-esteem. They are now half-way through the group and the young women have attended every session and the parents have reported a noticeable improvement in their children’s well-being and confidence which we are so happy about. In September the male psychologist here plans to run a similar group with the adolescent boys.

All of our chldren at CETAP have finished theis final exams at school,they have been working hard to get goodgradesand have some well deserved vacations!


We are so happy to have you as part of our big Cetap Lucys family!

Thank you so much for believing in the work we do!

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The last few months we welcomed nine new children, five of them are being sponsored.

They came to Cetap-Lucy for various reasons such as speech therapy, mathematics, English, and different psychological problems.

We have raised the academic levels of all students, especially Jenny. She is the top student in a local vocational school.

Jessica and Kelly have received support and emotional development through our big sister program.

The pre-school children with autism have developed better social skills with our training and support during the month of March.

In April we were joined by a British psychologist who will be working with the families of some of the students until the end of the school year.

The founder, Rocío Illescas, visited 5 schools in Cuenca of Cetap-Lucy students to coordinate their of their education goals and needs through Cetap-Lucy.


We would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, and other organizations that support our mission.


Thank you and Saludos

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The younger children in our Center (aged 2-5) are working with the so-called Montessori method. This includes sorting, scooping, matching and tweezer activities and also beginning language and math materials. The Montessori method is designed specifically for children who have special needs, and that is why it helps us a lot since we work with children who have autism, cerebral palsy and ADD.

At Cetap Lucy, the children work once or twice a week with a Montessori teacher from Canada. They look forward to their "special time" and their knowledge, understanding and ability to concentrate is blossoming!


We are very grateful  for your  valuable support and everyone else who has contributed as volunteers and helped to fund and start  to use the Montessori method at our Center.


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Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Location: Cuenca - Ecuador
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Hearts_Of_Gold
Project Leader:
Maria Jose Orellana
Cuenca, Ecuador
$30,155 raised of $40,000 goal
336 donations
$9,845 to go
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