JustWorld’s social development programs have been running extremely well over the past 3 months. We are pleased to share the accomplishments and growth with you as well as introduce you to JustWorld’s exciting new Holiday Giving Campaign!
In Honduras, our partner Compartir has been busy over the past few months continuing their work to encourage reading, theatre arts workshops, and attendance of local cultural events. The reading promotion program continued to be a wonderful success with hundreds of children reached each week with the mobile library and local libraries hosting games, reading challenges, video libraries and museum visits. The past few months have also been filled with local fairs Compartir held to promote knowledge and cultural awareness. The science fair was attended by over 450 people, which promoted scientific research and the benefits of technology while looking at living spaces. More than 500 people attended the Co-Exist for Peace Fair, which promoted peace and harmonious community living. Another 500 people attended Compartir’s Cultural Fair, which also promoted peace. The Theatre Fair for Peace attracted over 450 children, youth and adults, which brought awareness to educational spaces, artistic talents, peace and respect for the environment and children.
Since June, our Guatemalan partner Los Patojos has been running very successful programs for the children in Jocotenango. On average, Los Patojos has served around 120-130 lunch dishes daily, including seconds! They have started to keep plate ware and glassware assigned to individual students, teaching responsibility, and reducing health concerns. Three times a week they serve 200 cups of atoll (nutritious drink); regularly serve between 175-200 cups for approximately 130 children and youth. The clinic is running well and serving 15-20 patients each week! Los Patojos has also been busy with Youth Programming, starting a Youth Journalism Program, art fairs and actively involved in the national 24-0 campaign to have no violence in Guatemala for 24 hours. Los Patojos has also had a JustWorld volunteer at the project, Nathan Wegbreit, who has introduced a piano teaching program and self-defense classes to the activities!
The past few months have been going very well for the students at PIO in Cambodia. The students in Cambodian schools take their exams in July and all of the PIO students did very well this year! July through October are holiday months for students in Cambodia, but PIO has been offering regular enrichment classes to help prepare current students for the next grade, and for new students to begin preparations. Student enrollment went up this October to an extra 150 students and PIO has also added 2 new classes and new teachers to meet the students’ demand at the school at Stung Mean Chey (SMC). With the start of the new school year, thousands of school supplies have been distributed to the students. The SMC school library got an overhaul this summer with a new librarian who ensured the shelves were stacked with well-labeled books- 3,970 books in total! The hygiene program is proving to be very successful with students receiving their toothbrushes regularly- 1,035 toothbrushes have been distributed in total! We are pleased to report that the school nurse visited over 600 children and no serious ailments were detected. The nutrition program continues to run well, with enough food for children to get seconds and cooks trying out new and fun recipes! We are also excited to announce that PIO has a social worker visiting more than 50 families in need over the past quarter and talking to children about the dangers of bullying. It is looking like a bright start to the school year for PIO students!
In addition to project activities, we have also led 2 successful trips to our projects in Guatemala and Cambodia in November. Our delegation of JustWorld supporters were so impressed by how far a small amount of funds can go in these projects, making a true difference in the lives of so many children.
While the projects are running extremely well, securing the funding to keep them going requires ongoing efforts. As such we have launched a holiday giving campaign that we are so excited to share with you! It will give our supporters a chance to give gifts to their loved ones that have a profound impact on children at our projects. For more information please visit; http://www.justworldinternational.org/home/tis-the-season/.
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