Thursday, March 16, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
I have now updated the organisation part of the website with photos and roles of all the staff in Carita Feliz. Its incredible that we have grown to have a staff of 41 people and that really makes me proud. - Andreas
We have a new sponsored class, with 32 students in both Primaria and Secundaria level. The class is being sponsored by the staff of IBS, a company based in Dallas, Texas.
They are Front Row (left to right): Tim McKenney, Cindy Lyons, Jennifer Jamen, Catherine Higginbotham. Back Row (left to right): Paul Fuller, Martin Bergstrand, James Rankin, Andreas Jensen.
The center is still popular on week nights, with 200+ kids visiting for dinner, show and fun. The dances are both modern (salsa, merengue, reggae, etc) as well as traditional (see photo). Students from the day-classes get to perform to an audience of 200+ of their peers - each night!
In addition, there is fun & games with competitions, singing together, prizes and other performances (theatre, special events, solo performances). In the photo above, we have a game of tug of war. It looks like the girls are winning! This is actually an excellent way of building individual confidence as well as developing team work. Oh, and fun.
Another update - well, it happened some months ago, but its still noteworthy - is that Carita Feliz has a new Director, Miss Evelyn Bermudez. She has been closely involved with the centers activities for several years, but now has the responsibility for the staff and children, as well as ensuring that the center develops in future. - Andreas
We're back online after a short break (almost a year!). However, now Carita Feliz has its own Communications Manager, Rene Berroteran, who will be managing the Carita Feliz website as well as ensuring that news from the center come online. One result of this is that we will have postings in both English and Spanish - I hope you still get the gist of the updates and that the pictures speak for themselves! - Andreas.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
On 8th March, the 21-year-old mother of these 3 small kids died. The children are aged 5, 1 and 6 (see photo). The father is long gone. The grandmother is the only remaining family member to take care of the children. She makes very little money by washing other peoples clothes.
Thanks to a donation from Sonja Christensen, the family now receives a weekly food pack in order to reduce the hardship.
Many of the children in Carita Feliz come from Barrio Solidaridad, a community of 220 very poor houses. Every rainy season the community is flooded, often four ft high. The resulting chaos - especially with latrines being flooded - makes the houses uninhabitable. Thanks to a donation from Ib Moller a drainage canal more than 100 m long will eliminate the problem.