COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia

by Fundacion ABLE
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COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
COVID-19 emergency online education in Colombia
Nico having fun in recreational day
Nico having fun in recreational day

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai

We had a goal this year: provide more opportunities for children in our community to attend school. Although we have a small tuition, there are still families we can't afford to send their children to our school. We decided that had to change this year so we had an idea. We began a sponsorship program that would subsidize 12 children to go to school for free and we accomplished our mission.

Nicolás used to attend our school. He is a smart kid full of potential. He is good at Language and Math. You can talk to him for hours and he will always have something to say. It was all fine until his parents broke off. His father left the country and is not in touch with him anymore. His mother had to double her working hours in order to offer her son a home, food and protection. But a minimum wage was not enough so she decided to take her child out of the school and send him to a public school which is free of cost. We were sorry to see him go but there was nothing we could do.

This year, March to be exact, his mother knocked on our doors. She regreted having taken Nicolás out of our school. He was in a large group and barely had any classes. He kept on telling his mother how much he yearned to go back to La Fontaine. We started our quest for a sponsor and we found him! Joaquin, a young professional who knew of us was willing to take charge of Nicolás's educational expenses. Through a partner organization, Educambio, we launched the sponsorship program that not only allowed Nicolás to return to our school but also let us welcome a few more new students. Today Nicolás is number one in his fourth grade class and excels at English. 

Our goal next year is to have 40 students under our sponsorship program. Through your recurring donations you are helping build a scholarship fund to broaden our impact in the community. $35 dollars a month can make a big difference to a child in need. We invite you to learn more about us on the links we share here. 

Thank you again for building peace and justice in the world. 

Sincerely,

Lilibeydy Manrique

All the school families say Thank you
All the school families say Thank you
Interview for an important national Newspaper
Interview for an important national Newspaper
New international volunteers in English class
New international volunteers in English class
Virtual reality on Technology Day
Virtual reality on Technology Day

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Creativity workshop
Creativity workshop

Dear friends,

We would like to start this month's report by thanking you for being such great support to our mission of creating change through education. It has been a challenging exciting year so far and many of our projects wouldn't be possible without your help.

Last May we started a new English program with high school students who belong to public schools in the area. Public schools don't offer quality English classes so through this program we will be able to help senior students be better prepared for the State exam they must present in order to go to college. We opened 100 scholarships!! and it has proved to be a successful project that will last four more months.

In the meantime, we have established new partnerships with local universities and international organizations such as AIESEC, an NGO that brings international volunteers to developing countries in order to share their knowledge and culture with underpriviledged communities. Last May we had Jin from China and Carsten from the United States; Clara from Switzerland arrived last month and next week we will have two more volunteers from Mexico and Germany. This has been an enriching experience for both 137 children from our school and the other 100 students enrolled in our English classes. Volunteers do class interventions, culture exchange activites, helps us with media and design, among other things. 

Finally, we are exited to let you know that in a month we will be opening our ICT classroom and library. There two spaces will serve our school children and will also be available for the community on Saturdays. With technology, new doors open for Fundación ABLE to broaden our impact and reach out to youth and women.

Stay tuned through our social networks and soon our website. We will let you know when it's ready!

We encourage you to keep supporting us and being part of this great dream: CREATING CHANGE THROUGH EDUCATION.

Thank you! ¡Muchas GRACIAS!

Chinese whispers in English class with teens
Chinese whispers in English class with teens
Children's Day with Fundacion Sonar Despierto
Children's Day with Fundacion Sonar Despierto
Jin from China sharing his culture
Jin from China sharing his culture
A day in school is always the best
A day in school is always the best
Welcoming international AIESEC volunteers
Welcoming international AIESEC volunteers
Fifth grade students in English/ICT class
Fifth grade students in English/ICT class
Library and ICT classrooms -Work in progress
Library and ICT classrooms -Work in progress
Clara from Switzerland with third graders
Clara from Switzerland with third graders
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First week of school
First week of school

Happy New Year to our friends and supporters!

2018 looks very promising. We kicked the year off with the restoration of our school facilities. Our new place is looking great with our 134 students from preschool to fifth grade. It is amazing to see how in our fourth year we have almost tripled the number of students enrolled as we increase our impact in the community. This year, 8 students were granted a scholarship to pursue their studies with us. We will continue to look for sponsors that are committed to contributing monthly to the education of a child.

Our afterschool program has been paused since the end of the year break and mostly due to the difficulties we have had with raising the funds to make this program financially sustainable. In March 21 we are travelling to the capital city in order to attend the final of a social entrepreneurship contest where we participated and that will be a great platform to look for partnerships and strengthen our afterschool program.

Thank you for being with us in this journey for a year already!

All the best,

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ABLE team at our new site
ABLE team at our new site

As we approach the end of the year we are glad to tell you about exciting things that happened all along 2017 and the greater things which are yet to come in 2018!

We are closing the year with 80% of the children who enrolled in our afterschool program still attending the sessions. This is remarkable taking into account the constant dropouts in our community due to family unstability, continuous moving of home, and other issues related to the nature of their context. Nevertheless, it is so rewarding to see how their communication skills have improved, and this is reflected in school success and self esteem. Since it's Christmas time, the children gather daily to sing the traditional "villancicos" and "Novenas". On December 20th we will have a special moment with our children who will receive Christmas presents and school supplies from our donors.

The exciting news regarding this project is that we were able to collaborate with a partner organization who will be providing half of the funding in order to make possible for this project to continue next year and to strengthen the program with arts and therapy. So we look forward to sharing with you the progress of our afterschool program in March! 

The teens group who is taking English with us on Saturdays, had the chance to take a tour of the historic part of the city two weeks ago. This tour was donated by a tourism company who got in touch with Fundación ABLE earlier this year and who are interested in investing in the progress of our community. Some ideas include making our hills a spot for tourism and train our youth in other languages (English especially) so they can become the guides of their own neighborhood.

Last but not least, we are so pleased to share with you that TODAY we moved to the place where our school will be operating for the rest of our history! Here we will be able to have our regular preschool and primary classes and also to hold afterschool programs such as the one you have been supporting ever since March. We will start in January a new fundraising in order to 1) sponsor a child's complete education for a year and 2) upgrade the facilities of our school. We'll let you know about it as soon as we launch our campaign!

We don't have much left to say but THANK YOU! It is because of you that we were able to start an afterschool project this year which started as a pilot program and will impact the lives of hundreds of children in the following 2 years. We wish you all blessings, health, prosperity, love, friendship and a life full of joy and peace! 

Happy holidays and new year 2018!

 

Your Colombian family,

 

Fundación ABLE

Teens group touristing their city of Cali
Teens group touristing their city of Cali
Afterschool class during art project
Afterschool class during art project
Afterschool class during art project
Afterschool class during art project
They loved their art projects!
They loved their art projects!
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Group with community leader
Group with community leader
Hello, hello
Hello my friend
Hello, hello
Hello to you!

It's Wednesday afternoon and class starts. It is a sunny day but the strong wind up here makes the weather fresh and nice. The children arrive one by one. They carry their notebook and pencilcase. Maria finds her partner and they sit together. The teacher says hello, they all sing the welcoming song, the roll is called and it has increased by two students. 22 children came to class today, the list keeps getting longer. So exciting! The teacher reviews vocabulary related to school supplies. They play hangman, pictionary and complete a wordsearch. During recess time they take the snack. Today's menu is oatmeal and crackers. After recess it is song time and they sing together "Count on me" by Bruno Mars. They have learned a new word through the two songs they have learned: friends. Class has become a means to create bonds among the children and reinforce values such as respect and tolerance. There is a positive environment in which children feel free to be themselves.

It has been three months now since the project started and we are so impressed with the motivation our group of children has towards learning. They attend every session with such enthusiasm and are involved actively in all the activities that are proposed. They also have had the opportunity to propose their own activities. We did movie time, pool day and we are soon going on a field trip to downtown Cali. Most of the people who belong to this community have never been touring their own city or getting to know its museums, historic places, and theaters. Through our activity in the social media we were contacted by a tourism company who will take this group of children sightseeing in Cali. Moreover, by the end of October we will be taking our group to visit a nursing home to celebrate together children's day.

Thank you all who have planted the seed which we now see grow strongly. 

Today's session has ended and every child takes leave with a different expression they learned today:

See you
Bye-bye
See you next time
Have a good one 

Thank you

Snack time
Snack time
Say hi!
Say hi!
First day of class
First day of class
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Fundacion ABLE

Location: Cali - Colombia
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Lilibeydy Manrique
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Lilibeydy Manrique
Cali, Colombia

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