After a 2022 with many activities carried out and dreams fulfilled, we start this 2023 with great energy and enthusiasm!
Since from mid-December until the last days of February the rural schools are on vacation, we used this time to plan our activities during the year and organize the tasks with our work team.
Therefore, we want to tell you that throughout this year we will continue to offer Primary Health Care (we will make 3 trips with our Health Team and visit more than 20 rural communities), we will take our ICT for rural education project to 7 new schools (providing technological solutions to 150 students) and we will return with our pedagogical project "Reading to believe", through which we will offer children's literature workshops with the aim of promoting the love for reading and writing. In addition, we will continue to bring donations to rural schools, children and families!
We will do all of this with the same happiness and hope as always. And we are very happy to know that we have your support and that you will join us in this wonderful adventure of solidarity.
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2022 continues to pass and our activities in Santiago del Estero (Argentina) have not stopped for a moment! We continue to support education and accompany students, teachers, and families from isolated rural communities, through different projects.
In mid-July, 22 teachers from 9 schools completed the courses on "Use of ICT in the classroom" and "Educational management" that we taught at our headquarters in Villa Ojo de Agua. Thus, between both courses, teachers received 48 hours of personalized training, working on issues related to digital education and educational management, with a focus on improving learning processes in rural schools.
In turn, in August we started the “ICT for rural education” project aimed exclusively at students. In addition to learning the different tools that technology provides in the classroom, we repair and condition the technological resources of each school. In this way, we plan to carry out 8 digital literacy workshops in each of the 3 schools that participate in the project, reaching almost 70 students.
On the other hand, we continue with our Primary Health Care project, aimed at children and adolescents from 0 to 18 years of age. During the week of August 22 to 26, our medical team was conducting medical consultations in 4 rural locations and attended to 130 children and 63 families. It should be noted that we plan a new trip for our health team at the end of November.
Finally, as part of our Corporate Volunteering project, in June and September, we invite volunteers from two companies to learn about the work we do in Santiago del Estero, visit four rural communities, carry out building renovation work in schools and share a day of games and fun with the children. About 25 volunteers participated in the activities!
And so, with great enthusiasm and joy, we continue with our program, always providing the best for our rural communities. Having your support is important to us! Do not forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to find out all our news!
We began this 2022 with a great desire to continue accompanying teachers and children with new activities, and -despite the difficulties brought by the pandemic- continue supporting rural education and renew our commitment.
Therefore, from the first days of March we started our activities in Santiago del Estero. In the first instance, thanks to the support of donors, we delivered educational kits to children and teachers, with the aim that they can have the necessary materials for a normal development of the school year.
Then, we continue with teaching training courses on "Use of ICT in the classroom" and "Educational management of the school". More than 20 teachers from 9 schools signed up for both courses!
The course "Use of ICT in the school" consists of 12 classes of 2 hours each, where different topics related to digital education and its pedagogical implementation are seen, with the aim of integrating the educational community in the digital culture, promoting students socio-educational inclusión.
In the case of the "Educational Management" course, it consists of 8 classes of 3 hours each, where we offer theoretical and practical resources to lead the improvement processes of rural schools. The objective of the course is to enable teachers to generate strategic plans that improve children's learning processes.
Finally, from April 25 to 29, our Health Team, made up of pediatricians, social workers, dentists, nutritionists and biochemists, carried out primary health care sessions for babies, children and adolescents from 5 rural areas located in the departments of Ojo de Agua and Quebrachos (Santiago del Estero). On this occasion, the rural towns of Ambargasta, Belgrano, La Totorilla, Navarro and Oratorio were visited, where a total of 220 children -between 1 month and 18 years-, from 103 family groups were treated. Sanitary agents from the surrounding clinics and teachers who collaborate as community leaders also participated in the sessions.
We have many more projects planned for this year, so we appreciate your support and invite you to spread our work! With everyone's support, we can continue to offer better opportunities to children in rural communities. The time to act is now!
An intense year of work continued throughout October, November, and December, working side by side with schools and rural communities in Santiago del Estero (Argentina).
During the last months of 2021, we continued to deliver food and hygiene kits to 440 families in more than 20 rural communities, to assist them as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. In total, from September to December, we made 4 deliveries to each family, which meant more than 3,500 bags of food and hygiene kits were delivered.
We also continue with the Comprehensive Sex Education and ICTs training cycle for 15 teachers from 5 rural schools. Over 4 months we taught 34 classes at our headquarters in Villa Ojo de Agua, allowing teachers to train and apply new knowledge in their classrooms. This is how we managed to promote rural education!
Finally, in November, our Health Team held a new day of Primary Health Care in 5 rural communities. The Team was made up of a pediatrician, a nutritionist, and two social workers. Some of the check-ups for children and adolescents that were carried out were: Nutritional assessment, Assessment of habits and routines, Physical examination, Neurodevelopment and bond assessment, Promotion of breastfeeding, healthy eating and hydration, Prevention of accidents, Promotion of physical activity, and reading, control of oral and ophthalmological health, supervision of immunizations according to the national mandatory calendar and vaccination campaign for SARS COV 2. In total, 107 children and 57 families were attended.
Despite the obstacles and complications that the pandemic posed for us, we are very happy with all the work we have carried out in 2021. For this reason, we ask you to continue accompanying us, renewing the enthusiasm and positive spirit to continue with our project in 2022!
After the activities carried out in the first months of this year, we continued with the work schedule of our project together with the schools and communities of Santiago del Estero (Argentina)
In june and july, we´ve made visits to rural schools to know about infrastructure needs. Thus, we were able to detail each of the requested reforms, establishing an order of priority in those most urgent cases, and organizing the development of interventions. To move forward with this, we meet with our local supplier to define the budget for materials and labor and define the work schedule. From August we began to carry out the works in two rural schools.
In turn, in August we began to deliver food and hygiene kits monthly to 440 families in more than 20 rural communities, with the aim of mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first weeks of that month, after more than a year and a half of absence, the face-to-face classes returned to the schools, which allowed us to reconnect with the students, and to start planning activities and workshops in the classrooms again.
One of our main concerns was the health issue of rural communities, for which we decided to urgently organize the days of primary health care in schools. After arduous logistics and organization tasks, during the last days of august we were able to take our team of doctors to visit 5 communities and offer care to 204 kids
Finally, throughout the month of september we were able to implement a series of courses for school teachers, focused on Sexual Education and ICTs.
For the last part of the year, we plan to continue with direct help to rural children and families through the delivery of food and hygiene kits, offer more training workshops for teachers, and add new activities for children in schools. Therefore, we hope to continue counting on your support!
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