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Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG

by Mensajeros de la Paz Argentina
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Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG

The beginning of our 2020 program classes was simultaneous with the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in Argentina. We established with enthusiasm teams for each site in Barrio 31, formed by professionals from different disciplines, but we had to look for other strategies to face the school year.

First of all, we contacted the families involved in 2019 school program, who confirmed their participation in 95%. The great majority referred to WhatsApp as the most accessible application to use. At the same time, we noticed that there is a lack of accessibility to Wi-Fi and mobile data. Besides, most of the families share one Cellphone and they don´t have other devices. Regarding this, we made procedures in the context of the educational campaign that provides equipment for children.

In April formal classes began twice a week with a length of 3 hours, dividing the encounter/meeting in two periods. In the first one, we work as a group with specific objectives and recreational activities to create an environment that helps reducing stress due to isolation. In the other period, the approach is individual, following the students’ needs in the resolution of homework. The main inconvenience was to establish a bond with adults in charge. So we kept in contact releasing data of interest and managing resources that they might need.

Subsequently, we approach with different strategies the promotion and protection of rights, such as the right to play, to have a family, to equal treatment and the right to express their opinion. We also talk about care, preventive measures and information related to COVID-19. Furthermore, it was crucial to support and assist the families in this context, which may affect their emotional impact due to the confinement. For this reason, one of our objectives during the school year is to provide information about Sexual Education.

On the other hand, the Barrio 31 is being affected by the pandemic because it is frequent to see families sharing one room without a toilet or kitchen and they don´t have access to water. The results are chronic diseases related to their living conditions. Besides, these families have problems to reach a healthy diet or buying supplies such as sanitizers items. From Mensajeros de la Paz an important fundraising campaign was carried out, allowing to buy cleaning and sanitation supplies. Additionally, food from the basic basket was managed and distributed between 25 families.

After some months of hard work and measuring the impact of our program, we assess the results in Barrio 31 extremely positive. The functionality allows children to keep community bonds and union between them, which is vital in these times of socio-economic crisis.

That´s why we want to thank the support we received from you to help, in these crucial times, children and their families.

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In Argentina, school classes end in December and start again in the month of March. From Mensajeros de la Paz we look for ways to continue creating community spaces where children can meet. That is why in January we held an art workshop.

The workshop was coordinated by one of our teachers and 20 children attended. We started the afternoon with some games and songs to brighten the day and then we made painting altogether. Hands in action!

We ended the day by taking a snack and sharing laughter and hugs.

In our projects, we use art to promote social integration and the rights of children and adolescents. Artistic discipline helps improve communication, self-esteem and children's self-expression.

Thank you for helping this program to assist hundreds of children throughout the year!

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Last saturday (December 7th) one of the first activities planned for december took place and it was also thanks to our GlobalGiving donors. 
Children from one of our educational centers participated (together with another arts project that Mensajeros de la Paz has) of a special play for decens of people where they ehibited different dancing shows.
The event was in the "Soldi Foundation", an exhibitions place close to our center, in the city of Glew (Buenos Aires Province). 
This activity was important because we integrated diffferent projects from our organization, empowering children even more and connecting them with different teachers and students. 
This kind of exhibitions are fundamental for the project, because children usually feel very motivated about having a show for which they need to get ready and practice. Also, they fight their fears and they strenghen as individuals and as a group. 
This activities are only possible when we have individual donors because we need funds to pay transport, logistics and clothes for the exibitions.. So THANK YOU!
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We are proud to share with you the 2018 Annual Report of Mensajeros de la Paz, which reflects the work done over the past year, promoting the social integration of children, adolescents, and elderly people in an extreme social vulnerability condition in Argentina.
Reading this Report you will know more about our Programs and Projects, and their impact on the prevention of exclusion situations, the improvement of educational and artistic spaces, and our every day direct assistance in our Day Centers and Homes.
Also, I would like to thank you for the support that we have received from each donor that trusts us. Our Organization is fully committed to the social integration of those who need it the most, and this would not be possible without the help of so many people, institutions, companies and the community.
Mensajeros de la Paz will be there, where there is a right to promote or restore.
Thank you for being part of our mission, only together will we be able to build a more inclusive Argentina.


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In April our Education Program started. The kids are highly motivated: To begin, we made many games that allowed us to get to know each other! More and more kids are attending our classes, many of them from the last year, but also some new children.
The groups are growing, just like the number of our locations. In 2019 we were able to establish three new centers: one called "Vamos a Andar“ in Barrio 31 and another two in Longchamps and Ciudadela, both located in the Province of Buenos Aires. We always try to spread our programs in new neighborhoods!
Every year we start our work with exams. These exams are provided by one of our partner organizations. The kids have to do an exam in Maths and Spanish, depending on the grade they are in and their age. Based on how kids do in these exams, they are divided into one of our three groups.
It´s wonderful to see kids learning, growing and getting paid off for their efforts!
Like every year, we hope that many children can improve their quality of studies, and we are very grateful to donors like you who make this possible!

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Mensajeros de la Paz Argentina

Location: Buenos Aires C.F., Buenos Aires - Argentina
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Project Leader:
Candelaria Lopez
Buenos Aires C.F., Buenos Aires Argentina
$1,791 raised of $15,000 goal
 
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