Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina

by Damas de Caridad de San Vicente de Paul
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Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Provide care for 25 battered girls in Argentina
Sunset during our holidays
Sunset during our holidays

Hello Friends of the Hogar San José,

We are back at school!! Although COVID 19 is still around, we are learning to cope with it, and thankfully, vaccination is slowly moving along, at least for our care takers. We did have two girls with COVID 19 last month, but no complications arose.

Going back to school after 18 months of almost uninterrupted virtual schooling is taking some time to adjust. Social distancing and face masks are mandatory, but nevertheless it is a very welcome change.

The highlight of these four months was our two day, one night trip to Zarate (1 hour away, on the river), during our winter holidays. The girls hadn´t left the home in 16 months, so an outing was really necessary. Many girls rode on horseback for the first time in their lives, we had a beautiful sunset on the river, barbequed, and really enjoyed the change of scenery. 

Three of our girls were adopted (2 sisters and another girl), which is not easy when they are over 12 and one of them has microcephaly. The two sets of adoptive parents are amazing and watching the whole process was incredible. They started getting to know each other via zoom due to the lockdown, and two months later they met.  The girls were soooo excited! As they grow older the possibility of finding an adoptive family becomes more difficult, so when it happens, and they get along with each other, its a miracle. It compensates all the difficulties.

We are still struggling to make ends meet since this year we could not hold our charity dinner either. We are planning a raffle, no events are allowed yet in Argentina. Hence, all help is more than welcome!

Thank you for helping us help these girls!

In the bus
In the bus
Horseback riding
Horseback riding
Having lunch
Having lunch
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Enjoying the pool
Enjoying the pool

Hello Friends of the Hogar San José,

 

COVID 19 has come back with a vengeance. Our girls started school in the first week in March, but it only lasted for a month. We are back in lockdown due to COVIDs second wave.

We were lucky to enjoy our summer though. We had our swimming pool repaired and were able to enjoy it the whole summer. Thanks to a donation, we also started a carpentry workshop, and it is so much fun!

Right now, we are back in virtual learning, which is kind of difficult when 24 girls want to access internet at the same time. So we go step by step.

We are still going strong in our cooking and selling “alfajores” and “budines”. Our girls cook them themselves, and then go out and sell them. This is giving them some tools that will come in handy when they leave the home and must be self sufficient.

We have a weekend trip still to enjoy, a volunteer that visits the Home often has invited our girls to Zarate, which is 2 hours away, close to the river. We will be able to ride on horse back, go fishing, and just relax. We will head there as soon as lock down is lifted. Lets hope this happens soon.

Vaccination in Argentina is still scarce. We are hoping the girls care takers can get vaccinated so that we can secure the best care for our girls, without running any risks.

Thank you for helping us help these girls!

María

Having fun in the pool
Having fun in the pool
Our carpentry workshop
Our carpentry workshop
Emma and Maria
Emma and Maria
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Mica with her cooking certificate
Mica with her cooking certificate

Hello Friends of the Hogar San José,

 

What a year! COVID 19 is still strong in Argentina, but we have learnt how to live with it. Many changes have happened though.

Our girls ended up the year with only one week in March of going to school. The rest of the year was online, through workbooks, email or whatever we could get our hands on. Lets hope that when classes start again in March 2021, we can go back, because many people in Argentina have very poor connectivity, and we are amongst this group.

We took advantage of the extra time to focus on job training and gaining real work experience. As mentioned in the previous report, the people from PURATOS, the belgian company that sells products and trains bakers, continued being wonderful. The girls 15 years and older managed to gain their certificate of completion of the training course. We started the sales of our "Alfajores and Budines" and we aleady have a fan club and many loyal customers. We have also arranged with two shops that they will sell our products.

A group of volunteers decorated the house for the Christmas celebration. We all had a wonderful time.

And we organized a raffle to be able to fix the swimming pool. Since the girls do not go anywhere during the long summer, it is nice that they can swim in the pool. 

Thank you to all of you that have supported us this difficult year! We wish you all the best for 2021!

María 

Luzmila playing with a butterfly
Luzmila playing with a butterfly
Sole with her certificate
Sole with her certificate
Store that sells our products
Store that sells our products
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Celebrating Childrens day
Celebrating Childrens day

Hello Friends of the Hogar San José,

What crazy three months! It seems COVID 19 has been here forever. We are learning to live with it but it is not easy.

Four of our girls got COVID 19, and they were transferred for two weeks to a special venue set up by the local government. They had mild symptoms, and are very happy to be back at the home. One of the care takers also got COVID 19, was off work for 3 weeks and thankfully, recovered safe and sound.

Two computers were donated to the Home, and although they do not have a camera and at this point it is difficult to find any in Buenos Aires for a logical price, it helps us a lot. We would still need at least 5 more to be able to home school more comfortably.

But not everything is bad news. Puratos, a Belgium company that produces chocolate and bakery products, has offered to start a workshop for our girls, teaching them how to bake several products that we will be able to consume ourselves and sell some of them. At the same time the girls learn skills that will help them when they leave the home. We already had two classes, and the girls are very much enjoying them! 

We also finished the fixing of our kitchen, so it is a pleasure to be able to hold the workshop comfortably.

The girls are doing well, a bit bored by now, but since space is not a problem (the house is very big and the garden, even bigger), we are gratefull that we can spend lots of time outside. And we celebrated Kids Day!! It was a highlight on the girls routine.

We are looking forward to leaving the pandemia behind, but it seems it will last some more. 

Thank you for helping us help these girls! Sincerely     

       

María Reynolds

Girls at the baking workshop
Girls at the baking workshop
Our new kitchen!
Our new kitchen!
Kneading
Kneading
Pouring chocolate
Pouring chocolate
Jackie and Lucia
Jackie and Lucia
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Home schooling due to Coronavirus
Home schooling due to Coronavirus

Hello Friends of the Hogar San José,

        So much has happened since our last report! We finished our summer holidays with a trip to the Argentine coast, kindness of the Fundación Cultural Argentina,  to enjoy the sea. Several girls had never been to the beach, so just watching their first glimpse of the sea was amazing. The four days flew by, and we all came back home full of energy to start our school year.

        Classes started on March 7th, and one week later the Argentine government cancelled classes due to the pandemia, and sent everyone home to do remote learning. Four days later, everyone was sent home, except essential services, and taking care of the home is considered essential. The problem is that people over 60 or having certain cronic illnesses are exempt from assisting to work. Half of our care takers fall into this last category, so we must thank the remaining care takers and the director who are working overtime and covering nights and weekends without getting extra payments.

        Home schooling for 25, when you only have a few computers and very basic and unstable internet is not easy, so we do what we can. A better connection and additional computers are very much needed but at this point, we cannot afford them. 

        Our biggest problem so far is that our fund raising activities have all been cancelled. Our income comes in from four sources: Government funding: 30%; individual and corporate donors: 25%, charity dinner: 20%, vintage sales and school buffet 25%. At this point, we have not been able to hold our annual charity dinner which usually takes place in May; and we cannot do any vintage sales or run the school buffet. Salaries take up over 80% of our expenses, and at this point we do not have enough income to pay salaries. We have asked the authorities for additional help, but none has been received. 

       This is why we are asking additional help from everybody that has ever been to the Home, or has donated before. We know this social distancing wont last forever, but schooling, charity dinners and vintage sales will be amongst the last activities to go back to normal. Please donate now! 

      We hope this report finds you well and wish a speedy end to the pandemia. We have learnt many things throughout these difficult times, and I want to thank our workers again for going so much beyond their duty in order to take good care of our girls. 

      Sincerely, 

María Reynolds

President 

Damas de Caridad de San Vicente de Paul

Hogar San José

                     

Nicole studying
Nicole studying
Cooking with Cris
Cooking with Cris
Summer holidays
Summer holidays
Zoe
Zoe
Selfie at the seaside
Selfie at the seaside
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Damas de Caridad de San Vicente de Paul

Location: Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires - Argentina
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Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina
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