Being deeply concerned with the most vulnerable children at risk for Huntington's disease (HD) in South America during this pandemic, we envisioned the Learning is Fun center, a space that utilizes interactive approaches focusing on the equity and quality aspects of learning with a strong collective action to bridge the educational gap. Together with your help, we can make an even greater impact, giving them a chance to change their stories, minimizing stigma while filling them with hope.
The underserved Huntington's Disease communities in Colombia and Venezuela were already familiar with humanitarian emergencies. Addressing inequalities was our priority pre-COVID-19. Now the situation of the 150 children in our program in Maracaibo, Venezuela and the Atlantic Coast of Colombia has become more urgent. Many are are malnourished, illiterate, several are not enrolled in school in Venezuela and those who are attending it remotely in Colombia, lack adequate resources to learn.
By creating 4 interactive learning centers in these critically disadvantaged regions, where children would participate in fun learning activities for 2+ hours a day and receive daily healthy snacks, we would be able to improve not only the children's levels of learning and nutrition but also their self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to learn and succeed. The Learning is Fun project utilizes interactive approaches to bridge the educational gap caused by poverty and the pandemic.
Providing educational programs coupled with nutritional snacks to 150 children at risk for HD who live in extreme poverty gives them and their families hope. Interactive learning experiences can have a significantly positive impact on the children's education and future opportunities. The Learning is Fun project had its start during Christmas gatherings in Colombia and the first center currently has 10 students. Our plans are for 4 centers now and 10 next year.