2023 is coming and with it the expectations of a new period of training for life for the 250 children, adolescents and young people we protect each year in our boarding programs, who thanks to the commitment of our beloved GlobalGiving community and their generous contributions, have comprehensive care headed by professionals in nutrition, psychology, pedagogy and social work.
After overcoming the ups and downs of a difficult last semester, marked by aggressive and undisciplined attitudes, especially among adolescents, we closed the year with a substantial improvement in their behavior. Evasions were notably reduced and there was a greater sense of ownership of household items and their personal use. School attendance definitely favored the academic results of the whole group, and the university students also achieved better results than in previous periods of virtual learning.
Thanks to the strengthening of our work with families, we were able to successfully reintegrate 38 children and adolescents into their homes, fulfilling one of the fundamental objectives of our programs, which is to generate a lasting impact on family groups through our work with their children and young people.
At Christmas time only happiness, joy and many signs of solidarity, love and company for the children in the festivities.Our choir, as every year, opened Christmas season at the Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia. Many friendly families and big-hearted companies such as Asesoftware, Microsoft, Envía, Education First, Arroyo Consulting, Publicis Groupe, Infinity among others, offered nice celebrations with gifts, snacks, recreation, and most importantly, their volunteers shared with our children with affection that made them feel really loved.
The alumni celebration was attended by around 250 children (sons and daughters) of former participants of the programs. We are proud to see this second generation of young people achieving high school and college degrees. Some of them have been sponsored by our donors.
Finally, we would like to tell you about one of our challenges for 2023. We are going to participate in an important Institutional Strengthening exercise that will last six months, led by Compartamos con Colombia, a non-profit multi-business corporation that focuses on transferring knowledge and creating capacities in organizations with the purpose of increasing their contribution to social development. Will keep you informed ....
We say goodbye with special gratitude for your generosity and commitment throughout these years. Thank you so much for all you do for our children, and for believing in our dream of building a better world for our Niños de los Andes!
Papá Jaime, our directors and our team wish you Happy Holidays and we hope to continue strengthening our bonds of love during 2023!
All the best,
Community Relations Manager
Thank you infinitely for the support received this semester through your monthly donations, for your motivating feedback on our reports and, especially, for your wonderful response to our call to participate in GlobalGiving campaigns. We extend a warm welcome to those who have recently joined our cause and a special greeting to those who have accompanied us during the last 10 years making a difference in the lives of many children and young people in the Foundation's programs. You have been an incredible support to fulfill our mission!
Many of you know that we have been working for more than thirty years with street children and others who have been victims of domestic violence, abuse, child labor and other problems associated with extreme poverty. More than 65,000 children have transformed their lives through our programs and we have helped more than 100,000 people on the street with our rescue patrols.
But we still need to increase efforts to strengthen Colombian families and get them to build environments of love and peace that ensure a happy development for their children. So far this year, 5,000 cases of child victims of violence and neglect have been registered. These acts occur mostly in their own homes with the risk that they will replicate them at school or in the institutions to which they are referred.
We have seen this reality reflected in the increase of boys and girls with markedly aggressive and violent behavior who have arrived to the Nuevo Amanecer home, a fact that has destabilized the group of children who have been in the program for the longest time. The adequate management of situations of rebellion and aggression among the boys has been a challenge for the caregivers, who also attribute this situation to the after-effects of the confinement during the pandemic. However, the psychosocial team has been attentive, making personalized interventions, creative activities and dynamics to stabilize the group.
As a support strategy, Papá Jaime, our founder, in his mission to inspire the team of professionals, caregivers and collaborators to acquire an adequate management of these irregular situations, conducted his workshop, called Manejo de Emociones, at our two homes. Throughout three sessions, there were moments of reflection guided by his knowledge and life experiences, teaching everyone how, from love, we can achieve the unthinkable with children. He gave us guidelines on how to control impulses, act with tolerance and resolve everyday conflicts. We learned that we must understand our emotions instead of repressing them, live and BE happy and thus be able to make the children we protect, train and educate in our programs happy.
Finally, we want to tell you that on Bonus Day we were able to raise USD$7,217 dollars, plus a bonus of USD$2,931 from GlobalGiving, for a total of USD$10,000 dollars, which, as you know, will go directly to launch the project focused on developing creative entrepreneurship skills in teenagers about to graduate from our programs.
We are very happy with this wonderful result, but, in a special way, we are thrilled to feel the commitment of you, who are an integral part of our Niños de Los Andes Family, and who, even from a distance, are always supporting Colombian children and youth who have lacked opportunities.
On behalf of our board of directors, Papá Jaime and our entire team, we send you our warmest regards,
Thank you once again,
Community Relations Manager
Starting the month of May, we love to greet you with a report of normality the activities carried out in the programs. It has been four months of reactivation of the training strategies for children, adolescents and youth from the dimensions of body, mind and spirit, according to the principles of our founder's SER Philosophy, which have made them feel very motivated and full of expectations. Thanks to your permanent support, they began their school, technical, and university year in February with their uniforms and necessary supplies for a good academic performance.
We are happy to share with you some special moments of this quarter:
We are so thankful for your permanent commitment to make these results possible! We know that, with everyone's help, we can continue building a more just and inclusive country; in which the rights of children become a priority and to be able to continue meeting the needs of the most vulnerable, especially adolescents, who are most exposed to social risks if they do not have timely intervention.
On behalf of Papá Jaime, the entire team, and specially our children, receive our gratitude for your usual support and generous contributions.
All the best,
Community Relations Manager
We are more than excited to start this new year, alongside each and every one of our donors. Our hopes are that this year brings more normality especially for our children, who are eager to enjoy their school year, meet new friends, and work on their inner transformation process.
We’d like to share with you, some of our major events since September, and a few goals we are looking forward to meet this 2022:
All of our accomplishments, have only been possible thanks to the continuous support that our donor community network has provided in 2021, which in turn gives us the chance to continue our day-to-day operation and thus be able to set goals for the future. It is very fulfilling to know that even in the most uncertain times, we can count on our donor community, who of course will always be a part of the Fundación Niños de los Andes’ family. With that being said, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors and kindly invite you to visit our website for updates about our cause.
On behalf of Papa Jaime our founder, Board of Directors, Diana Zamudio General Director, our children and staff we'd like to wish you a happy 2022, and thank you for your commitment.
Community Relations Manager
Estamos muy emocionados por comenzar este nuevo año, junto a todos y cada uno de ustedes, nuestros queridos donantes y amigos. El 2021 significó un año de muchos retos y aprendizajes y no queremos dejar pasar esta oportunidad para agradecer su confianza y apoyo. Esperamos que este año traiga algo más de normalidad, especialmente para nuestros niños, que están ansiosos por iniciar su año escolar, conocer nuevos amigos y trabajar en su proceso de transformación interior.
Nos gustaría revivir con ustedes lo mejor de 2021 y algunos objetivos que esperamos cumplir este 2022:
Todos nuestros logros, solo han sido posibles gracias al apoyo continuo que nuestra comunidad de donantes ha brindado en 2021, lo que a su vez nos da la oportunidad de continuar con la operación diaria y así poder establecer metas para el futuro. Es muy gratificante saber que incluso en los momentos más inciertos, podemos contar con ustedes, que por supuesto siempre serán parte de nuestra familia Niños de los Andes. Dicho esto, les deseamos todo lo mejor en sus esfuerzos futuros y los invitamos amablemente a visitar nuestro sitio web para obtener actualizaciones sobre nuestra causa.
Papá Jaime nuestro fundador, nuestra Junta Directiva, Diana Zamudio Directora General, el equipo y por supuesto nuestros niños, niñas y jóvenes, les deseamos lo mejor para 2022 y agradecemos su gran compromiso.
Proyección a la Comunidad
2021, has brought a whirlwind of emotions for our organization and for our children who continue to wait for the day this pandemic will be over. Fortunately, the COVID-19 peak has slowed down and we are excited to announce that all of our staff are fully vaccinated, allowing us to slowly host small corporate events with few volunteers. Similarly, all of our children in St. Patrick have resumed presential classes with so far very few infection cases, permitting a smooth transition into what we hope better days for their education experience.
Since we last reported in June lots has happened, and we are eager to share a few of the following successes and upcoming event for the end of the year!
Results like these, show us that together we can increase the impact in our problematic society and thus positively transform childrens' lives.
We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and kindly invite you to visit our website for updates about our cause.
On behalf of Papa Jaime our founder, children, staff and Board of Directors, we thank you again for your donation and commitment!
Community Relations Manager
El 2021, ha traído un torbellino de emociones para nuestra organización y para nuestros niños que siguen esperando el día en que esta pandemia haya terminado. Afortunadamente, el pico de COVID-19 se ha ralentizado y nos complace anunciar que todo nuestro personal está completamente vacunado, lo que nos permite organizar lentamente pequeños eventos corporativos con pocos voluntarios. Del mismo modo, todos nuestros niños en la sede St. Patrick han reanudado las clases presenciales con hasta ahora muy pocos casos de infección, lo que permite una transición sin problemas a lo que esperamos sean mejores días para su experiencia educativa.
¡Desde junio, última vez que enviamos reporte, han sucedido muchas cosas y queremos compartirlas con ustedes junto con los próximos eventos para fin de año!
Resultados como estos, nos demuestran que juntos podemos lograr un gran impacto en la sociedad, transformando positivamente la vida de muchos niños, niñas y adolescentes en riesgo.
Te deseamos lo mejor en tus futuras tareas y te invitamos amablemente a visitar nuestro sitio web para que conozcas información actualizada sobre nuestra labor.
En nombre de Papá Jaime, nuestros directivos y especialmente los niños y niñas de los Andes recibe un afectuoso saludo,
Directora de Proyección a la Comunidad
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