During this summer, 45 children and 45 adolescents, lived an unforgettable camping experience in an entire weekend in the countryside with the companion of the program coordinator, the violence Prevention Centers managers, and some teachers.
All beneficiaries are part of “Living my Rights” Project and of different process clubs, which means, they approach different topics according to their age.
The main objectives of this camping were:
- Promoting the integration among children, adolescents and young members of the different clubs and “Living My Rights” Project of the various Violence Prevention Centers.
- Encourage the constant participation of the processes in the Violence Prevention Centers; from a highly attractive activity for all participants, which in turn will help to foster psychosocial life skills, citizenship skills and resilience.
- Strengthen leadership processes and autonomy in the participants.
- Recognize in the colors in the richness of our life: communicating ideas, expressing feelings, showing moods, causing feelings of joy, calm, meditation and wellness.
As part of the enjoyment and learning of the beneficiaries, we decided to came up with recreational activities and dynamics, in order to create awareness over those topics, for example: to encourage the decision-making, critical thinking and stress management, we decided to put puzzles and hieroglyphs. Besides, to enforce empaty and assertive communication, we had grupal games such as a soapy track.
To finish the camping, we had a talent night, where all of our facilities had an space for dancing and music.
That´s it for now, but from the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank to all our donors who have been keeping this initiative alive and have been helping to build a better society where human beings are conscious of themselves and the others.
Until the next time!
During the first months of this year, we were focusing our efforts in different topics, in order to encourage the Development Goals among the beneficiaries, to provide them with tools for life and to face the issues in a smart way.
In March, one of these activities to strengthen the Development Goals, were specially on Creativity, and was called “Contemos un Cuento” (Let´s Count a Story), at which the children were reading different stories. With this activity, we impacted around 75 beneficiaries of our Youth Centers, and our main outcomes were an active participation and a remarkable increasing of their language skills and vocabulary.
Moreover, another activity made in April, were focused on Self-Steem, Autonomy and Respect for the differences, by molding with plastilina their own body shapes, and afterwards, a sharing spaces were the children showed each other their drawings . As a result, we had 75 attendants and we realized an important encourage of their listening skills and compliance of rules and instructions.
In addition, we developed another activities outdoors for 320 beneficiaries such as “La Pelota” (The Ball) that consisted in playing in ground different sports, and “La Lupa” (The magnifying Glass) that were playing with soap pumps. Those activities aim to progressively develop their autonomy and creativity to resolve conflicts and for their enjoyment.
-Once again, thanks to all our donors and supporters for contributing with their seeds, for the future and hope of our people. We are pretty sure that we are in the right way to keep violence away of our childrens and youth.
Please stay tuned for further information about our project updates!
This winter has started out to be one of our most exciting times here at the Solidarity Foundation of the Visitacion. Two major events took place over the past few months, along with the continuation of our daily duties that provide the children and youths of our communities with the opportunity to better themselves and those around them.
First, we had a gift exchange event for our mentors and the kids they sponsor. The beaming smiles on the faces of the children when they saw their mentors' open arms for hugs and a new toy can't be described in words. Most of them face hard times around the holidays, with parents who struggle to provide consistent meals, let alone gifts on Christmas. So, it is a pretty touching moment when their joy can be restored. For those of you who are interested in our mentor aka 'padrino' program. Please visit our website at www.fundavisitacion.org
Another important event that took place was our drive for rain boots for the indigenous children in Dabeiba, Antioquia. The conditions where these children are from can be more volatile because of the lack of infrastructure in this rural part of Colombia. For this reason, providing all the children with proper rain boots so they can walk to school without risk of injury or infection is extremely important. With this drive, we were able to adequately provide the children in Dabeiba with their very own brand new rain boots. Please see pictures for more detail!
We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the great work you donors do for us and these children in need. We couldn't do this Godly work without you. Please visit our website for more pictures and information on how you and your friends,social network, even families can help cause change in Colombia.
Until next time, happy new year!
Hello to all our supporters out there!
The past few months at FSV have been filled with excitement as we continue our struggle, fighting for the youths of our city, trying our best to prevent the abuse of drugs, risky sexual behavior, and keep them from getting recruited by armed groups that still fight for control over neighborhoods in or close to where they live.
However, if there is one thing we have learned over the years, knowing a child's name and actively trying to include them in activities that promote the constructive use of free time, all the while maintaining a simple important goal: making the child feel loved-all of these are key ingredientes to preventing violence in our city and laying the foundation for a better future, with our young ones receiving the type of recreational education that will allow them to see the benefits of being a responsable citizen in their community, city, and country.
This past month we did a number of cultural outings and creative activities that allowed the kids to have a lot of fun and learn new things. First, all four centers visited a new organic farm, where the kids learned how farmers do their job in planting, growing, and picking healthy fruits and vegetables. They also learned how important it is to include these healthy foods in their daily diet.
We also had a new outdoor activities including playing soccer and basketball, along with some other fun games on blacktop that our teachers and playcenter professionals run. Sometimes the competition gets intense, but we allow the kids to expell the necessary energy and at the same time teach sportsmanship, a necessary thing for teaching them the lifelong important skill of teamwork.
That's it for now, but it the coming months we will report back with more stories of how your donations are making a difference in the lives of the youths of Medellin and paving the way for a brighter and happier future for them.
Thanks again, we couldn't do this without you all!
Since our last report in March, our prevention of violence and peace building program has been the cause of positive change in the barrios of Medellin. This semester has accounted for the most registered participants to date! So, we know more youths are catching wind of the program and deciding to give it a try, which is a good thing because once they start, they usually stay with us until high school. This has to do with the positive change they see in their lives, resulting from the new creative skills they build, along with the love and support they receive from our staff.
Over these past few months, there were some major activities that all four youth centers participated in. First, in preparation for the upcoming World Cup, we had a soccer tournament with mutiple teams from each youth center participating. This Saturday we will be having the championship game between the teams El Rojo from the Palermo youth center and Los Tigres from the Picacho youth center.
Also, we saw our youths take great interest in our urban garden project, with each youth center now seeing the healthy fruits and vegetables their gardens are producing. Mmm, delicious!
Apart from those two special projects, the youths continue to participate in the regular activities of open play, board games, reading, creative writing, theatre, dance workshops, among other activities; all with the main goal of stimulating their minds and bodies, allowing for the constructive use of free time in order to build resiliente attitudes towards violence and an affinity towards peaceful coexistence.
Please stay tuned for more updates as we send pictures and more reports. We want to thank all our supporters for the donations and time they devote to this program. Without you, we wouldn't be able to implement these positive changes in these vulnerable youths' lives.
Happy beginning of summer for all! Enjoy the sun and warmer weather!
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