During this last few months, the children have enjoyed additional playground equipment provided by GlobalGiving donations and supplements to the feeding program. For the families having the most difficulty providing food for their children, your donations helped to provide extra food boxes for feeding outside of school hours. Much of the food box contents consisted of locally grown and sourced fruits and vegetables as well as eggs and limited meats. Lessons on hygiene were supplemented with tooth brushes, toothpaste, and other hygiene supplies provided by your donations. Some funds were used to repair the homes of children that were damaged by a hurricane. The new medical clinic was opened to the entire village and all residents received free treatment and medication. The children and their families send you their thanks and appreciative love.
Hurricanes Fiona and Ian hit Cienfuegos in September, 2022 in a fury, destroying many of the children's homes. Thanks to your generous donations, repairs began immediately. To date, over 30 homes have been completely repaired, including replaces exterior walls and metal roofs. In the iterim, children and their families were housed at Abba's House Children's Center and in various neighbors' homes.
The children at AHCC just completed a lengthy Bible school over the summer of 2022. As a part of that ministry, children learned how to spread the gospel message in their community, engaged in many Bible study sessions, enjoyed refreshments and videos.
At AHCC, children attend from ages 3 to 16. This year, we celebrated the graduation of several students from our program, many of whom will go on to become leaders in the community of Cienfuegos.
The AHCC Medical Clinic has been completely constructed and is under limited operation until medical equipment can be obtained. Many thanks to Champs Missions for your amazingly hard work and incredible mission teams.
AHCC has partnered with the University of Louisiana Monroe, who will be bringing a large team of students and faculty to Cienfuegos in April, 2022 during Spring Break. Students participating will be from the following programs: pharmacy, social work, chemistry, education, and criminal justice. Each group of students will participate in activites related to their programs of study and will visit hospitals, clinics, court buildings, schools, etc. in the Santiago area.
In partnership with Brian Anderson, Abba's House Children's Center purchased several METL (poverty Mobile Educational Technology Lab) MINI Boxes. Each kit contains a server, battery, power switch, and large power cord in one case. The server is a Raspberry Pi based computer that hosts a captive WiFi router, an embedded web server, and over 60 GB of educational material and 20 iPads for the children to use during educational lessons. These boxes come loaded with all curricula in Spanish, and some of it very complex, such as trigonmetry. The children are using the boxes and iPads to learn so much more than they could have without them.
In addition, the chldren are in their summer vacation Bible school phase that happens each year. This year, they each had to invite two other children who do not attend the Center and agreed to talk to the other children about Jesus.
Finally, the Center completed a Medical Clinic located just behind the Center. To date, it is an empty building, but we are praying to have it furnished with medical equipment and supplies one day.
This is a very special time at Abba's House Children's Center in Cienfuegos, Dominican Republic. The children are enjoying their first ever swingset. Thanks to a very generous donation, we are able to expand some of our feeding initiatives and physical education projects. To augment the one swingset, we are building a full playground area, something the children have never seen or experienced before. It will include additional swingsets, slides, climbing options, and structures to explore. Further, two of our oldest students are leading the others in physical education and health activities to include calisthenics and more structured games.
Each Thursday, our children now get to participate in arts and crafts activities including drawing, painting, and jewelry-making,
We hope to soon have Internet access at the Center and access to curricula in Spanish across all subject areas. We have set the goal of obtaining a set of 50 iPads.
Children are enjoying the books in the library added in December, and are making book reports and giving presentations on those reports.
We are thankful for our partners in this work who love our children from afar. Thank you seems inadequate. The children send their love.
The children are continuing to enjoy spending time at their school. This month, many educational items were purchased and delivered to the school to include children's books, scissors, glue, crayons, and toys such as balls, jump ropes, and gloves. Math and science tools were also purchased and delivered. We are now serving 125 children from 76 families in the very poorest region of the Dominican Republic: Cienfuegos. Our children are learning personal hygiene, reading, writing, and mathematics. This week, they worked to make jewelry: bracelets, necklaces, and rings with pony beads. The children help to keep the school clean by sweeping and mopping the floors.
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