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!
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.
The end of our school year and the beginning of our small vacation school
Just a few weeks ago we finished our school year, which begins in January and ends in October. During these months, we were working with every one of our kids! We are thrilled and excited for the accomplishments of every one of our kids, and for the hard work and dedication of each of our facilitators.
In October we had many activities, and we had closing events in all of our classrooms, in which the kids sing, dance, and express what they’ve learned during the year. It’s marvelous to see how social and lovely they are.
We finished with a total of 35 classrooms, and 435 kids!
We also held our third training in October for our facilitators. In this training we focused on instructions for each of our facilitators on how to develop the small vacation schools that begin November 8th and end December 17th, 2021. The objective of this is for our kids to be able to continue their educations, so that they’ll be able to enter public school the following year with positive growth and advancement. The classes generally finish in October and begin again at the end of January or beginning of February, but we see that all this time without educational activities affects their progress and development because it’s so much unstructured time. For this reason, we created our small vacation school, and it will be a big support for all of our students. In the coming days we will be providing updates on how our students are doing in the small vacation schools!
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