Garabato artistic workshop

by El Desafio Foundation

Spring is finally in Argentina and children are happy to be outdoors. We've celebrated 'spring day' last September with games and a nice picnic at the park. The group have been doing great progress and working on many different art-fields: painting, crafts and recycled-magazines objects for day to day life. The school year in Argentina is winding up and everyone is getting prepared for a long summer holidays, and therefore we have to pay special attention to not lose movitation within the group. To do that we organized once every two weeks a 'game day' in where children have to make a conventional classroom into a playground in where they can play later on. As you can imagine, creativity exploded and children came up with the most amazing ideas in order to play.

Meanwhile in the US, our program director Luz Amuchastegui took part of the Global Mentoring program of the US Government for Emerging women leading for development ( During her participation on the program she had the chance to improve her skills and plan some new strategies for the future, and even meeting Oprah and tell our story.

Thanks to your support we could have another quarter of quality activities and we are able to look to the future with more challenges and dreams!

All the best to you and looking forward to our next contact.

We just finished our two weeks winter holidays in Argentina, but since our last report many things have been going on. During the past months the kids have been working on trays made out of paper that they took home and as they said will be used when drinking “mate”. They also made beautiful vases out of recycled milk boxes to decorate their homes, and also some quite scary monsters helmets to play with.

As I mentioned on a previous report, last year we implemented a reporting tool based on 34 indicators that allows us to keep track on how the kids are developing, and since we put that into practice, we’ve noticed that the kids made important advances on the way the communicate, their self- esteem  and creativity.

You are more than welcome to visit us if you are traveling through Argentina and see with your own eyes what you are making possible with your support. We are very grateful for your help.

For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: You can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information.

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Great period we just finished. Many children signed in for the 2013 project and they are making incredible progress. New children signed in this year for the program and they have been working on different activities. They have been making their own puzzles, 'rolled magazines' boxes, painting and drawing. During the activities there is a safe environment where kids feel comfortable to talk about different issues in their lifes. This has been a great platform to help children to build selfesteem needed to face these issues the best way.

Meanwhile, we have been renewing our workspace to make it more creative and fun for the children, so we make sure to estimulate them as much as possible so they can unleash their gifts.

Thanks to your generous donation we keep in the road of excellence and development, and we will keep on growing with your help and others. Please help us to spread our story, it's a great way to support us. Also join our Facebook fanpage in where we share day to day information please.

Thanks a lot again, till next report! 


After holiday season in Argentina (December and January) and well deserved resting period, children and staff are ready to kick off 2013 official activities. But before telling you the renewed plans, a quick update on what happened in the last months.

The children finished 2012 in a great way. Attendance rates recorded 83% during the year, which is an all-time record. Thank to the program we could learn more about each child and give them the right tools and environment to develop. We've noticed an improvement in their self esteem and better performances at school. Also, it was quite visible their improvement in communicating to each other with no violence or agrression. 

Late November we had our yearly presentation in Rosario, Argentina, in where we put together some speakers of our staff, show of the children and volunteers in order to connect with the local public and inspire them to join in our cause. It was a great way to finish the year, nearly 340 people came that day and joined as volunteers or social investors (becoming recurring donors). 

2013 is full of new projects: we are renewing our space, adding more children and new objectives too. We are planning to connect even more with parents and the community, and even offering them workshops that give them skills to raise a child in the best possible way (nutrition, cooking classes, urban farming, violence prevention, etc)

Thanks to your support we are able to keep on growing every year and children are developing in a healthy environment; avoiding truancy, criminality, early pregnancy and becoming owners of their own destiny. Let's keep on writing together then!


For the past months the kids have working on preparing decoration items for the party the foundation celebrates every year called “Mi Barrio” which means my neighborhood. The idea behind the creation of this items is that the kids can take ownership for the events the foundation organizes for the whole neighborhood.

We are also preparing our yearly presentation in which the children will show all the work they have done this year and we will present our plans for 2013 to the rest of the city. 

The program is running smoothly. We are working on monitoring tools to keep track on the progress of the each individual child. In the next report I will more information on this. We are very excited about it.

As we mention on previous reports, when visiting Argentina you are more than welcome to visit our programs and see with your own eyes what you are making possible. We are very grateful for your help.

For questions, remarks and ideas, please contact me on FacebookTwitter or via mail: You can sign up for our renewed newsletter by clicking here. And of course ‘like’ El Desafío on Facebook. Thanks!



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El Desafio Foundation

Location: Papendrecht, Zuid Holland - Netherlands
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Mario Raimondi
Lelystad, Netherlands

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