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
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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Making new bonds through education
Making new bonds through education

"Hello everybody my name is Laura. When I grow up I want to be an actress because I like having the camera in front of me. Maybe the next year I will enter a theater school". Laura is a former student from Colegio La Fontaine, a school we help to support through Fundación ABLE. She is 11 years old and just finished fifth grade. She is one of the children who benefit from learning one hour of English every day in an underserved community of Cali Colombia which does not have access to bilingual education because they cannot afford it. The school provides preschool and primary education to 87 children enrolled for the year 2017.

This year we decided to bring our impact to another level and reach out to the community in different ways. This is why we started an afterschool program that would provide a safe environment for primary school children (who do not attend our school) where they could expand their knowledge, invest their time positively and develop their potential. Given the situation that it is totally funded program, we started with a group of 20 children who are taking sixteen hours of English instruction and one therapy session every month. The program is being run twice a week in the afternoons when they do not have school (they attend public schools in the morning) and they have a healthy snack every time they attend. The project has been named UP English because we see the classroom as a place where we can enhance Cultural Understanding and Peace Building Our curriculum contains units on the subjects of leadership, citizenship, peace, progress, life planning, values and critical thinking. Every week our children learn a new song related to these subjects and we play games that open an opportunity to know each other and build bridges of communication.

On March 2017, staff and students from SUNY Oneonta visited the project site where we kicked off the program by planning two English immersion days in order to motivate the children to join us. The event was a success and starting April everyone was eager to start. Unfortunately, funds were not enough to enroll all the nearly 100 children in the program and decided to start with a pilot group of twenty children. On September this year, we will start a new group of 20 more students, this time children aged 6-8. By January 2018 we will have a new group of teenagers which will make up to 60 children enrolled in the after school program. They are all very enthusiastic about it! We look forward to GlobalGiving's Rewards Bonus Day on Wednesday, July 12th when all donations will be matched at 30%!!

We encourage you to continue being a part of this story.

Thank you!

Story-telling session
Story-telling session
During class teaching handcrafts
During class teaching handcrafts
Our children love playing games in English class
Our children love playing games in English class
Laura Camila graduated from fifth grade last year
Laura Camila graduated from fifth grade last year
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Location: Cali - Colombia
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Lilibeydy Manrique
Cali, Colombia
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