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
dirt and worms
dirt and worms

We can hardly believe it's already June! With less restrictions but keeping safety measures in place, the children are utilizing our space on the property where we eventually hope to have a full building. We have planted a garden where the kids are learning to care for it as well as what plants and vegetables grow well here in our high desert. We have a wonderful volunteer guiding that workshop.

We have a covered area where we conduct outdoor classes and meetings and can now even offer a space to the community for special occasions.

The kids have formed a soccer team and again with fabulous volunteers, they are learning technical skills, sportsmanship and just having fun.

We have volunteers for our choir group and hopefully the kids will sing at the annual writers conference again, held every year in San Miguel. The kids are so proud and it's great exposure for our organization.

We have music and we have dance, we offer English classes and most effective are the tutoring classes that the children need to catch up, on a years absence from formal schooling.

The property has water now and is illuminated yet we still need a real structure for colder months and our monsoon rains which are right around the corner.

Some of the children's mothers are in a sewing class, learning to sew on machines. This is a skill everyone can use.

There is a general feeling that the worst of the pandemic is over yet we continue to be vigilent and take safety measures. lets stay well and be smart and keep our doors open to continue offering classes and workshops to the community of San Miguel Viejo.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely

Betty Lopez

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Soccer
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Back Packs
Back Packs

We all hoped that with the end of last year, it would be the end of the worst of Covid! The children in San Miguel Viejo  prepared to return to regular school classes in person and then the new strain of the virus hit. The children have returned only two (2) days a week to their formal classes. Continuing with precaution Ojala Ninos collected 76 back packs for the children, each with very basic supplies and socks! This brought many smiles and much appreciation from the parents. 

We have managed to provide weekly tutoring to the kids in first grade through 9th grade, here in Mexico that is the completion of Secundaria. This is a tremendous help as many in the community do not have internet access and miss their virtual classes.

We also offer English classes and continue distributing at home activity kits using only recycled materials with a social justice or environmental awareness theme when possible. Sometimes its something just for fun!

Every Wednesday when the kids come through for their activity kit, we give them lunch. On the other days after the small workshops we are allowed to facilitate, they also receive a snack.

We continue to take temperatures and face masks are obligatory. We are working on the lot now with open air class rooms in mind. Uncertain times are still ahead yet we are moving forward, being more creative in our ways to offer opportunities to the children of San Miguel Viejo.

Thank you for your continued support

Sincerely Grateful

Betty Lopez

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kites
lunch
lunch
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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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taking temperature

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
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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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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