Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico

by Ojala Ninos A.C.
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico
Learning Center to benefit 500 in Central Mexico

In August of this year we were able to reopen our doors and offer some of our regular workshops as well as add some new opportunities. We continue to work in small groups outside, requiring facemasks, monitoring temperature etc. 

We have volunteers teaching English to two seperate age groups and twice a week we have two volunteers who are tutoring our Primary school age kids and our Secundary age kids. This is something that we knew we would need to do, but could not have imagined just how necessary and succesful it would be.

We have always had a dance and movement class however now, we have a young volunteer from the United States sharing her talent to the girls in ballet once a week.  What's the saying? Open your doors and they will come. We did and they have!

It is with continued donations from our generous supporters and the many volunteers we appreciate so much, that we have successfully reopened!

We have reinforced the structural and security wall and are excited to show off Ojala and San Miguel Viejos new mural! The children brainstormed four main ideas that they wanted to represent.They are;

The Capilla built in 1542 in the community of San Miguel Viejo. The traditional Indios Conqusitas (Apache Dancers). Corn, a staple of the indigenous and modern day Mexican. Our beautiful Parroquia in San Miguel Allende. (San Miguel Grande) We have the heart of Mexico in the middle, as we are geographically located in El Corazon de Mexico! We worked with another local non profit organization who supports street muralists to help guide our kids and the staff! 

Take a look at day 2 on our wall!

Enternally grateful

Betty Lopez

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Hello

As many organizations and business start to reopen, a new normal is underway.  We really are just waiting to get a green light from the municipality. We know fully vaccinated people are less likely to get infected and less likely to spread the infection. With that in mind we are requirig that anyone on our team in direct contact with kids and parents, be vaccinated. Following all guidelines we will continue with social distancing, hand washing, wearing of facemasks and thorough cleaning before and after of learning spaces.

We hope to provide each child with their own kit of tools and supplies to use while on site, we hope this will help with curbing even the spread of the common cold. We provide a snack each day for the children so safe shopping and food handling procedures are followed fully.

This year has been tough for all. The state of Guanajuato where we are located ranks 2nd in migrants seeking a better life or simply a way to survive in the United States. Our latest census shows 833 inhabitants in our community. 31% our children under 14 years of age. This is the age group we directly serve. The children have been in virtual learning classes for over a year now. It will most likely be September when we can return to in person classes. More than ever we are anxious to get back to regular clases and workshops. Without structure, children do not develope security or self-discipline. We know social isolation can cause depression and possible anxiety. 

We have been using our lot to distribute at home activities and lunch and are happy to report continuation in the structural security of the wall. We have many expectations and hopes for the property. It is our goal to have a model learning center for this community!

A reminder that Hope, is an illusion without opportunity. We thank you, our supporters for helping us offer opportunity to those who have so little.

Stay Well

Betty Lopez

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Juan Daniel explaining project

Hello,

I hope this finds everyone well. The severity and length of this pandemic has  lasted longer than anyone anticipated. We certainly arent through this yet..  How are you continuing during Covid? 

As you know, our primary mission at Ojala Ninos is education. Our afterschool program was open evry afternoon Monday through Friday, along with off campus activities. This all came to a hault, almost a year to date. We have maintained contact with the children and the community with our weekly distribution of activities, a snack and updated information regarding Covid.  All while keeping the safety regulations in mind and following them. 

Even though the contact is limited, we are still working. The board this year has been busy.  They have remained in contact with San Miguel's NGO office to discuss acceptable activities during the pandemic. They approved new By-Laws ensuring continuity and transparency. We launched a new website and invite you to take a look. www.ojala-ninos.org 

The board also hired a new Executive Director. Allow me to introduce Irene Fuentes who  joins us with  a Bachelor's degree in International Marketing and a Master's degree in Social Responsibility, a wealth of experience and.. . she doesnt mind getting her hands dirty! Please look forward to hearing from Irene and a project she spearheaded with GG. ( Helping kids overcome educational lag due to Covid)

There are some serious issues other than Covid facing our community of San Miguel Viejo, one of the biggest is clean, safe drinking water. It is something we look forward to working together with other NGO's in our area to educate, inform and train individuals to build rain catchment systems.

We are also now helping the elders in the community register for the vaccination, all the while encouraging safe practices and social distancing.

Please remain safe and healthy and happy, I hope this is a productive year for everyone!

A heart felt sincere thank you to each and everyone of you who supports us and to the GlobalGiving support support team!

Saludos

Betty

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Weekly activity

Greeetings, 

In the last report, titled Road to Reopening, we certainly had no idea we would  be unable to conduct our workshops and classes, still to date. We have, as the world, had a rough time during the last 6 months.  Numbers have  remained relatively low in our immediate area yet cases are rising again in our State. We have  followed the guidelines, taken classes, installed sanitation stations and prepare anxiously for when we can open our doors. We are occupying the founders house and adapting it to be an inviting safe space to continue offering the children in the community of San Miguel Viejo Hope, with opportunity!

Since April we have succesfully been able to supply the kids with an at home activity and a take away snack once a week.. We gave out crates with seeds so families could start their own garden, a project we hope to improve and continue this spring.

We have a Mom's cooperative that have also remained busy, at home creating wreaths made of PomPoms. One of our board members takes them to a holiday sale in the U.S. offering income to the women and exposure for our organization and community of  San Miguel Viejo. SMV is rich in the regions history. This is also a project we hope to launch. Tours of our site, the community and its Chapel founded in 1542.

 We remain forever grateful to our staff, volunteers, supporters and donors and to the families and children of San Miguel Viejo who trust us to inspire, celebrate, and encourage these young lives. 

Please be safe, stay well and be kind

Sincerely

Betty Lopez

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Following protocol
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Greetings

Although Ojala Ninos Mission is to be a model for extra-curricular education in rural communities in Mexico for children of all ages, when the Corona Virus Pandemic hit, we were deemed non- essential and had to close our doors. We also had to come up with a plan quickly. We had to physically distance yet how could we  Social distance and still remain in contact with the community, especially the children we serve?

Our Board members and some staff/volunteers were able to conduct virtual meetings but this was not possible for community members of San Miguel Viejo.

Flyers, posters and information about the symptoms and prevention of the Virus were distributed immediately. We gifted facemasks and showed the families how to make their own.

Our director organized food distributions amongst the hardest hit. This is not our mission however it was something we could do that would help and enable us to remain in contact. The bags contained rice, beans, lentils, oil, dried milk and on one occasion we had a local farm donate fresh vegetables and eggs.

Staff and volunteers put together activity kits that our kids could work on at home and we loaned some books (long term) to encourage them to continue reading.

We also continue to just walk through the community and check on the families and children. Let them know they are not forgotten.

Upon getting a green light to reopen  we will occupy the Founders house. We are using this opportunity to improve our classes and even create new ones. We are reimagining our work space. Size and layout with open floor plan, keeping in mind the safety of the children, as well as staff, volunteers and visitors.

This has been a hard year around the world, everyone has to rethink what is and what will be a new normal. I hope when you can you will continue to support Ojala Ninos and the many wonderful organizations that GlobalGiving supports.

Little Things Matter....a lot!

Please be safe, be kind, be well.

Saludos

Betty Lopez

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Ojala Ninos A.C.

Location: Rancho de San Miguel Viejo - Mexico
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Betty Lopez
Rancho de San Miguel Viejo, Guanajuato Mexico
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