We are very happy to tell you that we are implementing a new program named: Anonos.lab
It is a program that is part of the project "Help youth in CR build a brighter future¨ and is the result of research, surveys and a process of design. This week, we started the pilot program in order to know if our new methodolody works. It was a complete success!
Thanks to your help, our students are building relationships and working in three edges: emotional health, self-descovery and vision building. Each group has a coach who is in charge of guiding them. 42 adolescents are participating in this pilot. Meanwhile, our other students are part of our regular program.
Thanks for your help! If you want more details or want to help, please contact us though social media.
Since early February, our amazing volunteers started to learn the new protocols, as well as our beneficiaries. In order to get back to face to face programs, we needed to be aligned. Our strategy was to start step by step, slowly and in order. During the first 3 weeks, just 1 group of 7 kids attended every 2 hours, during 4 days per week. Afterwards, one more group joined per hour. In 2 weeks, 1 more group will join per hour and by then, all of our +250 beneficiaries will be receiving face to face programing again.
This is a really good new! Some of the adolescents were having difficulties with their mental health. It has not been easy for them to stay at home with their parents, which in some cases are negligent or abusive; or to be kept away from their close friends or mentors, etc. We are very happy to have them back and not to see them only via our computers.
Nico is one of Lifting Hands' adolescents that benefit from this project. She wanted to let youu know how her dream of being a volunteer was fulfilled.
"3 years ago I was given the honor of being a volunteer at the Lifting Hands Foundation and it was very exciting because I have learned many things and I started to think: my dream of being a volunteer was finally fulfilled. I feel that there are days when that we need to be encouraged to continue doing what we like and what better way than to help people who need it and who have support or a friend to talk to.
As human beings we are prone to having good and bad days, in which we wake up disoriented and not knowing what to do. Thanks to the Foundation I am a volunteer and now my dream is to be the director of Lifting Hands in the future. As this phrase says: "Nothing frees our greatness like the desire to help and serve" - Marianne Williamson ".
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In Lifting Hands you can learn, fulfill dreams and help others to do it too.
Imagine loving someone, seeing them every week, and from one day to the next receiving a message from their mother telling you that the next day, they no longer have anything to eat, work, or money. That was what happened to us a few weeks ago when the layoffs began as a result of the Covid-19. On the first days, we were able to support with the food we had, but the number of families grew. We built up a new campaign: Where one eats, two eat.
Unfortunately, it is found that this economic crisis will go on for several months, so we proposed that no one be left without eating. It is the least we can do right now.
As a consequence of the Covid-19, many of the families we supported have lost their jobs and therefore resources to meet their basic needs, so we decided to join as a family to support them.
On the other hand, boys and girls are managing high levels of anxiety and stress because being inside their homes, which in many occasions are small and with little or no entertainment, so we generated play kits for each family and we managed to migrate much of our program to a virtual one.
“I started in Lifting Hands in the year 2013 approximately. The first group I taught was English for first grade and the age of the students was around 6 years. Since then, I have worked with groups of students of small ages, between 4 and 7 years of age.
It has been a wonderful and enriching experience, and I even remember that at the beginning the boys received classes in the kitchen because the house was very small.
Lifting Hands is something that floods me with love and I love the family that has become, a great example to follow as something that started as a small idea, has become a role model with great strength and desire to generate a change in society.
I am currently giving classes to boys and girls between 4 and 5 years old. The class is very playful and the main objective is to teach them that through the game you can learn many things. Without planning it this way, it has become a very experimental class and every week we do different experiments. This is how I approach them to various areas of science in general through play and awareness; This is because breathing exercises are also done that are very useful for the purpose of the class. It has become so natural that even the students themselves ask for spaces to raise awareness of what is being worked on. An experience of which I feel full and happy to be a participant! ”
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