Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children

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Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
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Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
Reduce work hours for Ecuadorian street children
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Educational support
Educational support

News from UBECI Ecuador, June 2021

By NGO Support UBECI

Although COVID-19 remains prevalent throughout Quito, Ecuador, the pandemic has not prevented UBECI from taking action to help children in the local markets. By taking the necessary precautions, including widespread mask-wearing and rigorous sanitation measures, UBECI staff has been able to maintain its presence at the local markets to provide educational assistance, as well as social and emotional support for children.

Most families that work in the markets rely on their children to do daily chores such as bagging produce and cleaning the stall. These tasks add up to twelve hours a day, which prevents children from attending school to get a formal education. Without the ability to receive an education, children are left with limited opportunities for the future. UBECI has been working to fill this void by incorporating educational activities for the children to participate in at the markets.

Three days out of the week, UBECI staff, accompanied by a social worker, visit the markets in South Quito to serve the child’s needs. In recent months, UBECI has worked with the children on reading and writing, along with learning about the history of Ecuador. In addition, UBECI has created birthday cards and provided gift baskets for the children when it is their birthday. Not only have these activities contributed to the positive well-being of the children, but their families have benefited as well. 

Despite the widespread impact COVID-19 has had in Quito, UBECI has continued to work diligently in the local markets to ensure children and their families have the necessary resources to thrive and prosper. On a weekly basis, UBECI has consistently worked to develop and implement innovative strategies to better serve the children at the markets. 

UBECI Foundation would not be able to act without the generous contributions and support from all of you. Even in times of trouble, your donations have assisted UBECI in providing additional assistance for children at the markets. Regardless of the circumstances moving forward, UBECI will work to give at-risk children a better future.

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The UBECI Family made us so proud this past year! We had 159 donations totaling just under $15,000 before the end of 2016. And then four more donations these past few weeks of January to push us up to less than $900 away from our original goal of $16k. All of this monetary love and support went straight to our flagship project Play, Do & Learn. That means that YOU directly aided in restoring the human rights of 647 of our kids in Quito. Way to go Family!

 

November and December were two of the best months from the whole year for many reasons. With activities focusing on leadership and education, all of the kids had a blast while improving their cognitive, motor and socioafective skills by an overarching average of 54 percent! We also held our Christmas Campaign where each of our UBECI niños received a few gifts from Papá Noel himself! Many of the children are not accustomed to getting presents during the holidays because of their families' economic situations, so I can personally say that it was incredibly heartwarming to see the smiles on not only the kids' faces, but on their parents' as well.

On the financial side of things, we received almost a quarter of our GlobalGiving funding in just these two months. And of that money, more than half came on #GivingTuesday! This day was HUGE because all of the donations made were matched at 50% by GlobalGiving. So thank you so so so much for coming out on the Giving Tuesday and Year End campaigns. UBECI's kids could not be more thankful.

 

And finally, on to 2017! We have now renewed our GlobalGiving project to coincide with the new year and the new improvements UBECI Foundation is making. Among these improvements are more staff, more volunteers, more kids, more markets, and more partnerships! All of this means better lives and opportunities for our children and their families. Check out the updated project here > https://goto.gg/26415

Because of how well and how efficiently the UBECI Family helped out last year, we are refining our funding requests as part of our year-long strategy. Reducing our annual goal by $1,000 and emphasizing the promotion of GlobalGiving's challenges and bonuses are the main changes you can expect to see. Which means, keep an eye out! You will be hearing more from us soon on how to continue supporting the kids of Quito.

Good luck, Happy New Year and thanks again!

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The workshops that are given to children in the markets are planned according to the approaches already established for the two-month period, each approach having its general objective and a weekly goal. Workshops are planned for each week.

 

FOCUS SEPTEMBER: EDUCATION

GOALS:

• Strengthen by means of games the mathematical logical area.

• Strengthen reading based on competitions.

• To develop in the NNA the recognition of the notions of laterality.

• Make NNAs recognize the notions of space - time.

 

FOCUS OCTUBER: SELF-ESTEEM

GOALS:

• Ensure that children are valued for what they are.

• Value the defects and virtues we have as human beings.

• Encourage respect, honesty and humility in children.

• Develop confidence and social integration in the children.

 

  1. total number of children attended

a)    Girls : 246

b)    Boys : 345

c)    Total : 595

 

  1. Development of the Children

 

a)    Motor development :   42.2 %

b)    Cognitive development :  43.1 %

c)    Socio-Affective development :  42.7 %

 

  1. Children attending school

a)    Attending school : 389

b)    Not attending school : 206

 

4.- Workshops with Children

 

STAGES BIMESTRE WORKSHOPS

STAGE ENCOUNTER              32

STAGE DEVELOPMENT         32

CONSOLIDATED STAGE        32

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello UBECI’s friends,

 

Thank you for your continued support of UBECI. We hope you have all had a wonderful summer!

 

Here is what we’ve been up to:

 

With your help we have been able to reduce the working hours of 694 children in May and June through participation in educational and recreational activities. As part of our Play, Do, Learn program the children have been engaging in activities related to gender equality and preventing discrimination and other negative behaviours.

 

Attendance May-June:

Boys: 290

Girls: 404

Total: 694

Enrolled in school: 543

Not enrolled in school: 151

 

SUMMER PROGRAM

 

We had lots of fun with our summer program in July and August. The summer program focused on sports and general health as well as theatre and art to encourage the children’s creativity and confidence. 944 children attended the summer program. The summer program is especially important as the children are not at school therefore, they have longer work hours in the markets.

 

July-August:

Boys: 415

Girls: 529

Total: 944

 

We also held special activities for mother’s day, children’s day, and an emotions workshop to promote emotional health and wellbeing.

 

Attendance:

Mother’s Day: 217

Children’s Day: 245

Emotions workshop: 204

 

To ensure the activities we facilitate are supporting normal childhood development at the end of each Bimester we test the children's progress in 3 areas of development; motor skills, cognitive development, and social skills. In the May-June and July-August Bimesters the results improved across the board!

 

May-June:

Motor development : 35.6%

Cognitive development : 35.5%

Socio-Affective development : 35.7%

 

July-August:

Motor development : 37.3%

Cognitive development : 40.7%

Socio-Affective development : 37.3%

 

Here is what 15 year old Jacqueline has to say about UBECI:

It's good to come here [to UBECI's programs] because I learn more, That is, I learn how to play as much as I learn how to study” - Jacqueline, 15 (attending UBECI for 8 years)

 

The wonderful summer at UBECI would not have been possible without your help. We greatly appreciate your support as do the children we serve.

 

Muchísimas gracias!

 

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Playing sport to develop motor and social skills
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The half of the year is already here and it's the perfect time to look back on the hard work of UBECI, and what your contributions have helped to put in place! 

“I have been to the UBECI programs for 5 years. Since I have been helped by them I received a notebook, pencils, erasers and a soap. I also learned to study, to be a good person, to respect my elders and not to disturb their conversations. We learn to take care of ourselves with UBECI. I think it's important that UBECI keeps helping more children like me because then they can learn to study and they can stop working.”

- Ruth, a child helped by UBECI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrRUEvHC47s

 “UBECI has worked with my children for 2 years now. The work they do is really good because my daughter is very interactive, she is more relaxed, she really enjoys to paint and draw and she really loves playing and interacting with the other children. The help UBECI gives us is very precious for us who work in the markets, they really help us take care of the children. For us it is very crucial help. I hope that UBECI keeps taking care of more children throughout the whole country because there are a lot of mothers who work constantly in the markets that could really use the help."

- Maria, a mother of children taken care of by UBECI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqKFqn8CX_o

Those stories are only two out of many that UBECI made possible through its work in the markets of South Quito. Thanks to your donations, the hard work of the volunteers and the dedication of the staff, here are our achievements for the last four months :

January-Febuary

  1. Number of children who attended the campaigns
    1. Prevention talk : 186
    2. Socio-affective activity : 186
  2. Total number of children attended
    1. Girls : 333
    2. Boys : 234
    3. New children : 64
    4. Total : 631
  3. Development of the children
    1. Motor development : 29%
    2. Cognitive development : 29%
    3. Socio-Affective development : 29%
  4. Children attending school
    1. Attending school : 485
    2. Not attending school : 146

March-April

  1. Number of children who attended the campaigns
    1. Prevention talk : 169
    2. Socio-affective activity : 186
  2. Total number of children attended
    1. Girls : 354
    2. Boys : 225
    3. New children : 123
    4. Total : 702
  3. Development of the children
    1. Motor development : 35%
    2. Cognitive development : 34.6%
    3. Socio-Affective development : 35.4%
  4. Children attending school
    1. Attending school : 507
    2. Not attending school : 194

 

The beautiful accomplishements of UBECI would not have been possible these last months without your support of our foundation. While the sustainability of the project is never fully secured, your generosity brings us closer to that goal every single day.

The June donation challenge is still underway and we have faith that we can meet our goal, with the help of people like you raising awareness of our cause and backing us loyally.

 

Your friendship and support mean a lot to us and the children.

Laurence Côté

- Administration Volunteer at UBECI

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Quito, PICHINCHA Ecuador

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