It is very important to have clean water in order to obtain a healthy quality of life, and we know this at Aula Mágica, which is why we are concerned about the access that our children have in our classrooms.
Unfortunately in the communities our children live in, they do not always have access to drinking water, so common sources of obtaining water include municipal water sources, wells, and even rivers or lakes. This can be harmful for one’s health, and many of the water sources in Guatemala often do not meet the necessary requirements to be considered optimal and healthy for human consumption.
Why is it important to have water in our magical classrooms? Our children and facilitators use water for many different activities, as well as preparing snacks, washing fruits, drinking water directly and washing hands. Our nutritional drink to combat early childhood malnutrition is prepared with water, and having a safe water source is especially important to us. Our goal is to eventually have water filters in all of our classrooms.
Fortunately, the organizations “Go Philanthropic” and “Miracles in Action” have been a great help in assisting us to achieve this goal: they have provided water purification filters for our schools in Huehuetenango, Quiché, Santa Rosa and Sololá. The filters last for 10 years, and are very easy to use and easy to wash. We are deeply grateful to these organizations for providing us with this opportunity to improve the quality of water consumed by all our children and facilitators. Thank you for always thinking of us!
Aula Mágica Guatemala, a new way to teach and learn.
Getting to know Jonathan - one of our students at Magical Classroom, Guatemala.
Jonathan joined our program in 2019 when he was aged just three years and seven months. He lives in the area of Sololá in Guatemala. Jonathan was a very inquisitive child, but found difficulty carrying out activities using his motor skills and this led to significant frustration when he could not do what he wanted to. However, during his first year with us, Jonathan gradually developed his motor skills, made many friends, and got involved in activities without the shyness that he had previously showed. Similarly, as time in the classroom advanced, so did his abilities in school presentations and dances.
Jonathan began 2020 with a great deal of positivity and enjoyed many new experiences. Even though the Covid pandemic posed numerous challenges in terms of education, our teacher, Rosario, visited Jonathan on a daily basis to continue supporting him, his education and making sure he was reaching his full potential. He was now carrying out more activities with images and letter, and when he had turned just four years of age, he participated in a storytelling competition at municipal level, and he finished in fourth place. It was truly a marvellous experience for Jonathan.
In 2021, Jonathan turned five and he was proving unstoppable. He helped his classmates practise and revise the alphabet because he knew all of the letters, and he helped his friends in their school tasks once he had completed his own. He got to know all of the books which were in the classroom including all the names of the different authors. He also learnt mathematics skills such as addition and subtraction.
This year, 2022, at the age of six, Jonathan started attending the local state school. He can now depend on a strong educational base which will allow him to develop his learning, and achieve further success in the future.
We certainly wish all the very best to Jonathan, who’s certainly a very loving, responsible and cheerful young man.
At Magical Classroom, we hope to support many children such as Jonathan, so please join us and be part of this change.
Click on this link to watch the video about Jonathan: https://youtu.be/6RYi0Q_wZEE
Magical Classroom / Aula Mágica Guatemala
¡Feeding our Guatemalan children during the year 2022!
Part of our commitment to each of our children is to offer them a daily free vitamin supplement to help them fight malnutrition, anaemia, as well as other illnesses that will adversely affect their development. Through our preschool programme, Let’s Be Ready= Magical Classroom Guatemala - we are committed to support the health and preschool education of each of our children.
We want to appreciate everyone who helps us so that we are able to offer the vitamin supplement to our children during this year, 2022 – it has been a great effort by everyone involved, so a big thank you.
Thanks also to the support given by our partner, Mathile Institute,who have provided the vitamin supplement, known as Chispudito.
Sincere appreciation also goes to Go Campaign, for their considerable effort towards helping our cause.
We are grateful with the support of Go Philanthropic for allowing us to have atol for all our children during this year 2022.
Equally, we are really grateful to each generous individual who has offered their financial support through GlobalGiving. We are similarly very appreciative of Global Gliving for their help which allows us to reach out for the vital support that we need.
Magical Classroom Guatemala: In all of our 28 classrooms we will be offering our corn-based drink called Chispudito to each one of our children this year. Our children live in remote and poor regions of Guatemala, and they, like everyone, deserve to lead a happy life, have a smile on their faces, and lead a healthy life.
Our best wishes go out to everyone. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us and who are always showing so much interest in what we do.
All the very best,
Magical Classroom Guatemala
Little Vacation School 2021
We are very happy to have completed another year! Thanks to every one of you for having accompanied us during the whole year 2021, and thank you for your big support.
We have made a report that highlights the outstanding activities our students and facilitators completed during 2021. Beneath this text you can see a link, and we invite you to watch it and enjoy our annual report.
Also during 6 weeks, November and part of December we began our "little vacation school", which was the first year that we included this activity in our program. We are more than satisfied with the good feedback that we've received from the parents they have expressed their appreciation for the vacation classes that their kids receive. The facilitators have expressed satisfaction for the themes and activities completed during this time, and of course we are very happy for the educational understanding our students have acquired. 33 of the 36 Magical Classrooms that we have continued as Little Vacation Schools.
We want to thank each of our facilitators and coordinators for the excellent work they have done during the entire year! They are an important part of our program.
Our best wishes for all, and a happy new year and excellent 2022!
Aula Mágica Guatemala
Help us have a nutritious 2022!
Undernutrition is a very frequent problem in Guatemala since a big percentage of the population lives in poverty. Most Guatemalan people face this problem by eating beans and maize as a principal meal every day. However, this is not enough to make a complete diet for children. According to UNICEF, 49.8% of Guatemalan kids are malnourished, and 40% of 5-year-old or younger kids suffer from anemia. This problem is very harmful to the correct development of kids, especially considering that the first years of any human being are crucial to their health and potential. Having poor nutrition will mean not only a physical obstacle but also a learning obstacle.
In Magical Classroom, we want to make sure that our kids reach all their capacities and skills. That is why we acquired an atole called “Chispuditos” from The Mathile Institute, which gives kids excellent nutrition, as it contains 21 different vitamins and minerals, iron and zinc. Our kids have shown great with us ever since, 90% of them pass the first grade, while the national average is 77%. We know that good nutrition combined with a complete education will get these kids to go far!
Now, we need help to keep providing our kids with good nutrition throughout 2022. The main objective is to provide this nutritious supplement to all the kids from our 35 schools that are located in vulnerable places in Guatemala. All donors are welcome to impulse our campaign while making a meaningful impact. Every kind of help will contribute to it and you can always contact us to know more about how to get involved.
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