María Elizabeth Bermúdez, has been part of the foundation for 5 years. She started assiting reading and writing classes in Lifting Hands with Carolina, an amazing volunteer. Doña Maria has managed to learn a lot, something she had never imagined for a person of her age.
For doña Maria, Carolina's help has been a fundamental pillar in her learning. She is totally grateful to the foundation as it is explained, it has helped her a lot in her progress as women.
The foundation has not only helped her in her reading, but also her children, Benjamín and Ever, who also take advantage of the classes offered.
A long time ago, she could not help her children to do homework and this frustrated her a lot, but now she is able to help her children. She has been a support for them at an academic level.
Doña Maria had lost her husband a year ago and is now a widowed mother. However, the support she has received from the foundation and, especially, from Mónica and Mariola, as the ones in charge of the foundation, has made it possible to take her children out after the severe depression she suffered in the past. Now she is looking forward to the new four-month period that is about to start and continue with a new learning cycle.
As seen on our social networks, October was a time of great help from corporate volunteers. During these days, we do handy works to the foundation and play with the children. In addition, the company GBM conducted a cookie campaign internally. The company Emerson supported us for an orchard project by the hand of FURCA, a restaurant in Rohrmoser. Finally, IGT came to work in painting and support so that our spaces are increasingly suitable for our beneficiaries.
As part of the Social Responsibility activities, the company Sylvania visited us to share with 20 children about the importance and impact that we can have on the environment. The goal of the activity was to educate children about efficient lighting in their home and raise awareness of the small changes that can be achieved from their families and the lifestyle they lead. The dynamic included the participation of Sylvio, the penguin with whom the children talked and even danced. In addition, they all received coloring material that helped them better understand what they were learning.
The ages when most students drop out are during their adolescence, that's why we want to improve our program.There are around 30 adolescents who could be wasting their time after school and starting to get involved with drugs or narco traffic, but instead, they are spending their free time at Lifting Hands, learning new skills and dreaming about a life project.
We are providing an integral education to youth from the disadvantaged community of Bajo de los Anonos in Costa Rica because we want all of our adolescents to stay at school, learn new skills and have better values to build a better future for themselves and their families. But we need YOUR HELP!
Lifting Hands provides a community home where veryone can come after school to receive techonoly, cooking, art, sports, and other classes to develop like skills and have a better education.
The project will give the skills and possibilities to around 230 people to breaj the poverty cycle.
Some months ago we told you that we had finished paying the house where we work everyday. Thanks to the great support of many people like you who have supported us greatly, we have begun to make adjustments in the house. We started rebuilding the deck with the support of a company from Costa Rica. Then, we built a ramp in the entrance of the house so that people with discapabilities can benefit and help in our programs, and we also rebuilt the children's bathroom.
In the last few weeks we have been rebuilding two bathrooms sponsored by three companies and also, are finally building an administrative office so that the staff members could receive new volunteers and donors adequately. But we still have many pending projects. The idea is to continue adapting the house so that it is more suitable to receive children, adolescents and adults, seeking them to break the poverty circles in which they live today.
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Thanks to the support of Sealand Costa Rica, we began this new year with changes in the design of our house, since we now have a new ramp at the entrance, which will allow people with disabilities to enter the foundation more easily, as well as to older adults who visit us. This ensures a safer, more reliable and inclusive environment for students, volunteers and donors, as well as being able to open our doors to more people in the community who need it and who could not do it before.
The enrollment days for the Bajo de Los Anonos community ended successfully as we closed with a total of 221 people who will be receiving a variety of courses over the next four months. In addition, we will receive many volunteers every week, some of them have been with us for several months and others are new, but all with a willing heart to dedicate their time and effort to improve the quality of life of children, adolescents and adults.
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