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Chispuditos and Magical Classroom!

Chispuditos is not only a common slang term in spanish for bright students, but is also the name of a fortified corn-based drink. This drink was created by our friends at the Mathile Institute to tackle malnutrition, anaemia, as well as deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. These are all frequent diseases that affect Guatemalan children up to the age of 6 years old. The corn-based drink, Chispudito provides 21 important vitamins and minerals. Here’s their Facebook if you’d like to take a look: Chispuditos. 

Why is Chispuditos important for Magical Classroom? Easy - because when talking about young children, nutrition goes hand in hand with the brain’s development and therefore academic performance. We want our children to develop both physically and mentally, to reach their potential and to succeed. It is also been shown that Chispuditos has significantly improved the immunity of children, making them less susceptible to repeated episodes of illness.

Chispuditos has been supporting us since 2017 in the departments of Huehuetenango, Solola, El Quiche and Retalhuleu. During this year, 2020, 250 pre-school children have benefited from their support. Owing to the disruption of Covid-19, our activities have unfortunately been forced to stop in all of our Magical Classrooms. However, we have tried to ensure that our children have had uninterrupted access to Chispuditos throughout this period at their home, prepared by the mum or the person who looks after them.

We appreciate the great support that Mathile Institute provides to our program through the Chispuditos drink. It is vital that each of our children has the opportunity to benefit from drinking Chispuditos so that they can enjoy better health and be less vulnerable to falling ill.

If you would like to support our work and allow us to continue the provision of Chispuditos to our extremely grateful children, feel free to support us via our GlobalGiving page; your money would be really appreciated by us at Magical Classroom as well as the children and their families: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/innovative-rural-preschool-led-by-guatemalan-youth/

We send warm wishes to everyone and we hope that you all keeping well.

Magical Classroom, Guatemala

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June, 2020

Food to support our families in Chiantla, Huehuetenango

The basic need for food in our country of Guatemala has become an even more worrying concern of late. Many families have lost employment and their incomes are proving insufficient to cover their basic necessities. This has unfortunately led to a scarcity of food within many Guatemalan households.

Even amid the difficult situation which we are experiencing, we have been graced by the presence of extremely generous and thoughtful people who are committed to support those who are in need.

We want to say a big thank you to an insurance company: Seguros Universales, S.A https://www.universales.com/  for their donation of food, which we gratefully received this month. This will support more than 200 families in the community of Chintla, Huehuetenango. The donation of food has now been distributed to each of the families and will allow them to feed themselves for a number of weeks. We really appreciate this support from Seguros Universales S.A.

We also want to appreciate our sponsor, Miracles in Action: www.miraclesinaction.org  as well as Listo: www.listo.gt for the donation of their new product called Nutri Listo. We received 6000 Nutri Listo products, which will provide a valuable source of vitamins to our children in Chiantla, Huehuetenango. As well as being nutritious, Nutri Listo is also a really tasty product for our children to enjoy.

We work in four different departments: El Quiché, Retalhuleu, Sololá and Huehuetenango, and these are areas that are all very rural and consist of families that carry on requiring support to fulfil their nutritional and basic daily living needs.

If you would like to support us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can always make a donation to us via the following link at GlobalGiving - Magical Classroom.

https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/cart/view/gg.html?cmd=addItem&projid=14175&frequency=ONCE&vo_id=49789&vo=25

 

Thanks for reading this update and we send our best wishes to everyone!

Aula Mágica Guatemala

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We are all living through extremely difficult and complicated times across the world due to the Covid-19 virus. In Guatemala it is certainly no exception, where we have been living under a state of prevention and mitigation since the 16th March. We still do not know when we will be able to return to the streets and resume our normal daily lives, so we are all experiencing very disconcerting times.

At Aula Mágica we have been keeping up to date with the domestic circumstances of everyone who is part of the Aula Mágica family - this consists of a total of 27 male and females from across rural regions of Guatemala: Huehuetenango, El Quiché, Sololá and Retalhuleu. The families of our Facilitators typically work in the fields or are involved in the informal economy working for example as construction workers, gardeners and housekeepers. Unfortunately, work has declined considerably and many people have become unemployed.

 Aula Mágica has sought ways to support each of the Facilitators. This week, each Facilitator received a parcel of products containing personal hygiene products and nutritional food. As well as this, they have also continued to receive their monthly stipends. Currently we are also trying to source funds to be able to provide food for our children and their families, so we hope to be supporting them as well.

If you would like to collaborate with us in order to allow us to carry on supporting our Facilitators, our children and their families in Guatemala we would be really grateful. This is possible through Aula Mágica’s GlobalGiving link:

https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/cart/view/gg.html?cmd=addItem&projid=14175&frequency=ONCE&vo_id=49789&vo=25

 We send our best wishes to everyone and hope that you and your loved ones keep safe and well.

 The Aula Mágica team

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Dear friends,

We hope that you are all safe and well during this difficult time faced by everyone across the world.

On Monday 16th March all activities of our program were suspended completely to ensure the safety of our children, facilitators and teachers.

On the 13th March the Guatemalan Government had announced the first case of Coronavirus in the country. Across Guatemala, all educational, social and cultural activities were then suspended, as well as all public and private transport services. It was only possible for people to leave the house in order to purchase essential food supplies or for an emergency.

From Sunday 22nd March, a curfew was imposed, forcing everyone to stay at home between the hours of 4pm and 4am.

The situation is very worrying, saddening and a difficult for everyone, but especially so for families with members that do not have a secure job, a job in the formal sector or those that have to work on a daily basis in order to be able to provide food for their families.

Currently across the country, we have 80 positive cases of Coronavirus and this figure is increasing on an hourly basis. Of these existing cases, 17 people are in a stable condition and on the road to recovery. Up until now we believe that the government has acted appropriately, especially bearing in mind the limited resources at their disposal and when comparing their actions with those of other countries from our continent.

We do not have a date for when we will be able to resume our activities, but we really hope that the serious situation that we are facing passes as soon as possible.

In our program we continue providing each of our facilitators and teachers with their stipend, as we realise that now, more than at any other time, they are in need of a financial income to be able to buy the basic necessities in order to live. We are extremely appreciative of the support received from Miracles in Action, Go Philanthropic, Project Quetzal, the Mathile Institute, as well as the vital support from individuals who are supporting us unconditionally at these difficult moments – a big thank you to everyone!

We want to have all of our team united at this time with the hope of us being ready and prepared for when things return back to normality. Each facilitator will be studying different types of educational material from their homes during this period.

In the communities where our classes are located, the majority of these communities do not have Internet and phone signal is limited. Up until now, our facilitators and children are all well. From the bottom of our hearts we really wish to return to our classrooms and get our program up and running again when the conditions have improved.

If you would like to make a financial donation to our families in order to help them feed themselves, this would be extremely appreciated at this time of crisis, and you can do this through this: https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/checkout/billing/

We send our very best wishes to everyone and hope you are all well!

Aula Mágica

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Here at Aula Mágica we have been very busy preparing for the beginning of 2020 academic year. With more than 30 Facilitators coming from different communities. The classes will commence once again in our classrooms and we are really excited to be with our students once again!

Each year offering our program is a considerable challenge which has led us to think a great deal about what we do and to find the best strategies in order to benefit our pre-school children and families who have a great need. They live in remote communities and are often isolated and suffer from limited services and support.

In the last few years we have received committed support from various marvellous organizations who believe in and share our mission:  Miracles in Action, Go Philanthropic, Mathile Institue, Project Quetzal, MAIA, Adesju, as well as others.

One of the strategies for these upcoming months is to collaborate with as many organizations who share similar aims to ours, which will allow us to expand our work to other areas and regions of the country where we are not currently working. This will allow us to have a larger positive impact in each program that we offer.

Collaborating with other organisations will allow us to reach out to more communities with needs in areas of health and pre-school education. We are really hopeful that various organizations join with us so that we can work towards the same objective.

We are very proud to have an excellent program focusing on high quality pre-school education in rural communities. We also have our Mothers’ Groups for each classroom. They meet regularly and they are our source of strength. Each Facilitator with the support of the Regional Coordinator cover themes such as: early learning, hygiene and nutrition, which are vital topics for every home. There exists a great amount of trust amongst everyone involved which is essential for the success of this program.

We look forward to keeping you updated with the progress of our program throughout the year.

Best wishes and until the next time!

Aula Mágica Guatemala!

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