Hello and happy summer! As the days start to cool down, activities at our projects are heating up. Here’s the latest updates from our partners in Honduras, Guatemala, and Cambodia – enjoy!
Asociación Compartir: Tegucigalpa, Honduras:
Meet Cinthia! She is nine years old and lives in the Villa Nueva section of Tegucigalpa. Cinthia says she’s happy she joined the book club in Compartir’s library because she can learn many things about reading and make lots of new friends! Cinthia likes to come to the library because it is colorful and she always learns a lot while she is there. One of her favorite memories with Compartir is when her book club met with children in the Nueva Suyapa and Los Pinos sections of Tegucigalpa. She said they did reading activities and visited the Valle de Angeles cultural center. Cinthia’s story is why JustWorld loves being involved with Compartir: it allows children like Cinthia to discover her passion for books and reading!
There were many exciting activities happening at Compartir this quarter. One was the Fair of National Identity, a recurring event that takes place in the AGAFAN (a public square for fairs) in an effort to rebuild public spaces. The fair was put on predominantly by the children, parents, and youth of four nearby schools. This year’s fair also featured Jorge Montenegro who produced and starred in a recent feature film, Legends of Honduras!
A Science Fair and a Book Fair also took place this quarter. The Science fair was coordinated with Education District No. 10 with the goal of sharing the growing scientific talent of children and youth in Honduras. Twenty-six educational centers were invited, and Francisco Morazan delighted attendees with his science experiments as he served as a representative from the Autonomous National University of Honduras and the National Pedagogical University. The fair was well publicized by the media, with the TN5 news anchor Cesar Quintanilla in attendance. Overall, the event was a wonderful success of budding scientific talent and a fun way for children and their families to come together to celebrate academic achievements.
Another fun activity that took place this quarter was the performance of "The Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.” The play was preformed in an artistic tour that took place in March and April by eighteen children from Los Pinos and Villa Neuva. The work was preformed successfully at 22 different locations, including the National Autonomous University of Honduras, a wonderful celebration of the Spanish language!
Right now, with the help of JustWorld (and your support!) Compartir is helping over 6,000 children learn to read, write, and make a difference. Thank you so much for all of your help!
PIO: Phenom Penh, Cambodia:
Meet Mr. Vuthy! Mr. Vuthy is valuable asset to PIO. As a medical student specializing in pediatrics, he has an excellent knowledge of child health and the ability to provide excellent care to children. The records Mr. Vuthy keeps of each student has helped PIO document its student’s medical histories in a way that is more detailed than ever before. He, in collaboration with the PIO projects manager, is building on the school’s database of medical information, and he provides reports showing the number of consultations and treatments he has preformed each month. On top of his record-keeping services, Mr. Vuthy gives the children at PIO excellent care!
In addition, PIO’s Deputy Director made the decision to increase the Social Worker’s role to include visits to high school aged children’s families. PIO hopes that with these new families included, the social worker will be able to reach at least 40 families a month. Social workers visit children’s’ homes when a family situation makes them unable to attend school. The more homes she visits, the more children can go back to school and get an education.
All children at both schools have received necessary textbooks, school supplies and uniforms. Out of all these children, over 800 have their materials directly funded by JustWorld International! In addition, attendance rates at both schools are better than 90 percent per day and the number of students enrolled remains steady. Retention rates are an important achievement, because many children leave school at a young age to work (often illegally) with their families. PIO has worked with families to make sure children stay in school through the 5th and 6th grades. High retention rates are proof of their success!
On behalf of our friends at PIO: “As always PIO is grateful to JWI for helping us build a brighter future for the children of Cambodia.” Thank you for all you’ve done in helping us help PIO!
Los Patojos: Jocotenango, Guatemala
The new school at Los Patojos, completed this winter, offers exciting opportunities to all parties involved with the project’s ongoing success. Los Patojos continues to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, the new medical clinic was completed on July 6th! Dr. Valle treats patients and supervises the clinic’s progress.
Two new developments following the completion of the new school have been teacher training and improving Los Patojos’ social projection to their surrounding community. In training, teachers attend an information session each week. They learn about topics such as student assessment, sexual education, and integration of children with disabilities. The teacher education program has strengthened the quality of instruction at Los Patojos, making students more prepared, motivated, and interested in learning. Los Patojo’s community involvement includes a school for parents and caregivers, cleaning the street and community spaces near the project, and beautifying the nearby Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Jocotenango. Through this work, the children at Los Patojos are setting an example of respect for themselves and respect for the community around them.
Finally, the IAC, the artistic development section of Los Patojos, has used the new space in the recently completed school to expand its outstanding work. The IAC continues with its goal of promoting personal growth by using art as a medium of self-expression. Many IAC groups that have benefitted from their new space, including a theater group called Mirror Company Theatre, a juggling group known as Orbita Code, two breakdancing teams (the B-boys and the Patojos Crew), and a Graphic Arts and Music Production team. A Journalistic Team and Woman’s Art Workshops have received new spaces as well!
We’re thrilled that our projects were able to accomplish so much this summer, and their achievements would not be possible without your help!
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