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Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children

by Israel Foundation - CDC Community Development Center
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Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Drug Prevention for 300 Ecuadorian Children
Student exposing one of the topics
Student exposing one of the topics

On September 8, we had the first meeting with the volunteer’s team in order to plan ahead the OPEN HOUSE that took at Maria Eugenia Puig Lince School at Bastion Popular.  We developed team work and we shared ideas how to show to the parents, teachers and community, what the students have learned during this entire programme against drug use.

On September 22, we had a meeting directly with all the students in order to assign the topics each group will expose in the Open House. We went an extra mille together and passed out flyers to invite all the community to this important event, considering it will be the culmination of the project in this school.

The joy was contagious and we all felt the emotion and at the same time nerves of the students, since the day would come where they were going to be the main actors of the event. We worked together helping them making the banners they will expose with each group.

THE BIG DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED…OCTOBER 21!

The Open House was a huge success! The hot and sunny day didn’t seem to slow us down, and we couldn’t be more proud to show to all the parents, teachers and community the progress of 250 students so far.

The event was named “PREVENTION AGAINST DRUGS = LIFE”, during 2 hours all the students exposed different topics at the schoolyard. We saw those expectant faces waiting the explanation of each student, turning to happiness faces. As a result, the students and community built a strengthened sense of pride and self-esteem. 

As a gesture of love and gratitude, we gifted a can (500 liters) of paint to make improvements in the school. 

This project was inspired to save children and teenagers from substances abuse. But also this dream comes true, because YOU made it possible!

We feel so privilege because with God all things are possible, that is the reason why our big THANK YOU is for HIM!

Our dream was born, the volunteers team brought life to the RIGHT NOW project…  Through this project, we all became a family, and each of them that worked on this project took so much ownership! Thank you so much!

Israel Foundation through the CDC Community Development Center touched many young lives and helped enrich their future to become strong, loving, kindhearted, smart leaders for the tomorrow.

Banner made by the students
Banner made by the students
Topic: Consequences of drug use
Topic: Consequences of drug use
Volunteers Team
Volunteers Team
Students benefited from the program
Students benefited from the program
Topic: The value of my body
Topic: The value of my body

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"Although there may be tragedy in your life, there's always a possibility to triumph. It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always” Oprah Winfrey

We are in the final phase of the project, for this reason we believe important to strengthen self-esteem and empowerment of 230 students in a very attract mode “WINNERS DO NOT USE DRUGS”, which is an attitude from the inside out, with the ability to say NO. Self-esteem is about how we value ourselves, our perceptions and beliefs in who we are and what we are capable of. 

On Wednesday, August 3, we had the training workshop with the volunteers team, the topic was: “WINNERS” given by the psychologist Nelly Baquerizo.

She explained to them how to do a SPECIAL SURVEY to the students, so they can be able to visualize what they have learned through the entire project during this 2015-2016.

On Wednesday, August 17, our volunteer’s team carries out the workshop “WINNERS” at “Maria Eugenia Puig Lince” School, with a very good response from the children and teenagers.

“A parent’s primary job is to prepare their child for life in the real world. They must prepare their children from the start to be strong, healthy, live independently and make good choices”

This is the reason why we believe that the project must be integral, including teachers, community and parents. On Friday, August 20, the Project Coordinator and Dr Nelly Baquerizo conducted the “Parent's School”, with an assistance of 100 parents approximately; this informative talk was very well received by them.  

The topic was “Different types of drugs and tips for prevention”, many appear to have been motivated to ask about this social problem and different situations they are facing with their children at home.

We like to thank every person who has been part of this project, which started on a paper and today we are near to culminate it, May God continue to bless your life and give you the desires of your heart.

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Real Life Examples - Play a Role
Real Life Examples - Play a Role

To plan, it is no good simply wanting to do, we need to go forward..Things that are planned are more likely to be made, than those things that are not planned. WE PLAN WHAT IS IMPORTANT!

The last intervention in the school Maria Eugenia Puig Lince was in January, due to students had their holiday period for about 3 months.

Therefore this May 5, we return to the first training with the RIGHT NOW PROJECT VOLUNTEERS TEAM, to give them all the tools to be ready start this new period.

Dra Nelly Baquerizo trained all the team with a very interesting workshop called "THE COMMUNICATION: Aggressive, Assertive and Unassertive", based on this workshop the volunteers made a special activity, putting on a play how to handle an effective communication with real life examples.

These learning moments, enable volunteers to combines laugh and not to perceive that volunteering is bored. They also strength friendly ties and enrich their knowledge.

Once they present this sketch, they will make a survey to the students to know if they were able to identify exactly the differences between the types of communication. On May 18, will take place this activity with students from 7 to 9 courses. 

GIVING TEACHERS THE TOOLS FOR GREATNESS!

Without a good education given by the teacher, probably will not be opportunities for students to become scientists, politicians, artists, engineers, pastors…that is the reason why on May 25, we will provide training to teachers and a fun activity, conjugating theory with practice. They are not only teachers but also trainers for life.

 ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN!

The entrepreneurship in younger is vital because children are born imaginative, with energy and willing to take risks.

The volunteers Team will teach students how to make an economic unisex bracelet; this workshop will be useful to them to develop a small business from home.

Some of the benefits of the entrepreneurship are to expend energy to pursue their dreams, feel to be capable to do something, express their creativity, create their own ideas, get their mind busy, be independent and the most important thing is to empower them to leave a mark on society.

Working with the students
Working with the students
Workshop "Effective Communication"
Workshop "Effective Communication"
Planning Entrepreneurship Workshop for Children
Planning Entrepreneurship Workshop for Children

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Going the Extra Mile

In November, our volunteer team was trained about the characteristics of the user/ consumer of drugs, no user and people who are likely to use them.

We also have a playful activity, where we taught a craft that was how to make a piggy bank made with fomix material, doing this activity we were able to teach a “Saving Culture” to encourage children at school. This is a new way to help their parents.  This is what we called GOING THE EXTRA MILE, not only focus telling the children DO NOT USE DRUGS, but also intersperse other important issues that make them feel important and useful to society. The saving culture unfortunately does not exist in our country, why not start here and right now with our children?

In the same spirit, we continue with the theme “How to care your body and self-esteem”.

In November 14, was held the “Parents School” which was led by Dr. Nelly Baquerizo, the theme which was presented was “The relevance to give time to the children”.

In November 19, our volunteer team visited the school, where they could replicate what they learned in their training course. On the next Thursday they made the craft with the children and adolescents at school.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive”

Love is shown doing good deeds as our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated, that's why the #RightNow project decided to prepare a special Christmas event for the school Maria Eugenia Puig Lince, where not only would entertain the 230 children with whom we work with, but whole school, a great challenge but also a great blessing!

We started working with the management team to collect material to carry a snack for 350 children, we took further 50 basic food baskets for families of children in school that have fewer resources. On December 23, we performed the christmas event and share an afternoon of games, joy and fun led by our Director of  Performing Arts Network, Mr Roberto Palacios, who finalized the program with the faith prayer. With the grace of God, we were able to achieve and brought smiles on such a special time of year as it's Christmas ...

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Worshop with Parents
Worshop with Parents

“The places where I'm darkest and weakest are the greatest opportunities to be transformed and healed”.

On September 3, the RIGHT NOW project begins at Maria Eugenia Puig Lince School in Drug Prevention.

Previously we trained volunteers in 2 areas:

  • They received a training workshop about “What is prevention".
  • They also received a workshop to learn how to make handicrafts to teach children and adolescents.

During this period we have been working this topic with students, school teachers and their parents. The project provides specialized speeches about this topic, with the support of Dra. Nelly Baquerizo, clinical psychologist. This topic was discussed from the different roles that each individual has in society.  

We work with 230 children and adolescents, from fifth grade onwards.

We also have a great challenge to work with the grade named FLEXIBLE EDUCATION, which is a grade of 80 people, including men and women who could not finish high school at the age they belonged and the government gives them the opportunity to do it now, many of them take classes with their babies.

On September 24, we make the first HANDICRAFT WORKSHOP, the children and adolescents were motivated to do their own manila folder using foamy material to decorate it. The folder will be use by them to file their annual works.

Why it is important to create crafts?

The craft is an alternative activity in drug prevention. An artistic expression is captivating and beneficial. Do something different and creative, it is about to take a risk that demands often do it with diligence, feeling confident of themselves.

The exercise of these capabilities combined with other features, young people acquire greater resilience and ability to withstand difficulties that can lead them to drug use.

The second training workshop for our volunteer team was about the importance of TEAMWORK in order to achieve our goals, this workshop was conducted by Dr Dina Cesari, a Clinical Psychologist from Bolivia. Teamwork could be considered as the oil that makes the team work. It can enable smoother movement towards specific goals and can help teams to overcome obstacles.  

A very special student…

Brigitte, a young single mother, has taught us during this period of time that you can SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND. She is 19 years old and she carries in her arms her baby boy 10 months old, she does not hesitate to attend classes on drug prevention. She belongs to FLEXIBLE EDUCATION grade and often she is carrying her baby in the stroller.

With a smiling, fresh face that reflects his own youth, she wish to graduate from school and to prevent his son from what drugs can lead.

The environment in which these students live in Bastion Popular, which is where the school is located, is full of micro drug dealers who are out of schools expect students out to approach them.

At her young age she acknowledges that not all decisions have been wise and now she is responsible for a new life, which is why we see in it the process of a diamond. Most natural diamonds are formed under extreme pressure and temperature existing at depths of 140 km to 190 km in the Earth's mantle.

She is being challenged and trained to be a channel of blessing not only for her child but for many teenagers’ mothers to move forward because drugs can destroy lives; it is RIGHT NOW tomorrow may be too late.

We thank you for your invaluable contribution to the community. We are seeing how many lives are being transformed, leaving a legacy to future generations. We invite you to be part of the next Year-End Campaign. The campaign begins on December 1st at 12:01am EST. Thanks for making these diamonds shine!!

Workshop with Parents at School
Workshop with Parents at School
Students from 5 grade
Students from 5 grade
Brigitte, shining like a diamond
Brigitte, shining like a diamond
Flexible Education grade
Flexible Education grade
Handicraft made by students
Handicraft made by students

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Israel Foundation - CDC Community Development Center

Location: Guayaquil, Guayas - Ecuador
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Project Leader:
Ana Maria Leon
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Guayaquil, Guayas Ecuador

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