Jun 18, 2021

Preparing to open our doors again!

Children's day presents
Children's day presents

It is a pleasure for us to let you know about what we have been working on during these past few months.
First of all, we have had the 7th and 8th season of Your Online Club. Our team has become expert in offering their workshops and services virtually, and children have been more participative, always asking when we will see and hug each other again.

The Program’s second generation began a few weeks ago, with a dozen participants. This project aims to strengthen not only the children's reading and writing skills, but it is also a useful tool for them to channel their emotions and feelings. We are very happy indeed to have a second generation.

As part of the Children's Day celebrations, and thanks to MixUp, the Club delivered gifts to our members. This event had all relevant security measures, and it was the first event that had children present again. Although their visit was brief, the kids were happy to return to the Club, to run around and play together.

Finally, we want to share with you that during these last weeks we have been preparing to reopen our Club. We have come up with security protocols and sought the guidelines requested by local authorities to ensure that members return as safely as possible.

During times like these, we would especially like to thank you for your continuing support. Please keep encouraging your friends and families to also join our great family. Help us open the door to an even greater future!

Children's day presents
Children's day presents
Your Online Club promo
Your Online Club promo
Feb 19, 2021

Second anniversary at the Club!

This week we celebrated our second anniversary. Even when 2020 turned out very differently than what we planned, we still are very proud and happy with our team at the Club for how they managed this challenging past year. And, of course, we thank you for your support throughout this year. 

Now, let us tell you all about our last months of work in the Club! 

November last year we launched a fantastic new project for our Boys and Girls. Together with the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC) and the US Embassy we have started an intensive 2-year English course with 30 of our teenager Club members. We are so grateful to FUMEC and the US Embassy for providing this amazing possibility of learning the English language and thereby opening so many more paths to a greater future for our Club Kids.

In December we organized our first online art auction called “Art for Kids”, with all proceeds going to Club operation. Seventeen talented Mexican artists generously donated their work in benefit of the Club. The highlight of the night was the sale of one of our Club Kids paintings. He was very emotional and ecstatic on receiving the news of having sold his first painting ever. This event showed us yet again how even in difficult times we are all capable of creating positive and life-changing experiences if we put our heart to it.  

At the end of the year, we were able to invite our Club Kids, with all the sanitary measures in place, to pick up a special food basket for Christmas including a gift hamper for each Kid. Many of the Kids do not receive anything for Christmas, especially this Christmas, due to the increased loss of jobs and income in our community. Our committed and caring team personally got to wish the Kids and their families Happy Holidays during the handout of the hampers. This meant the world to every single family and showed us yet again how a small effort can go such a long way. We are so grateful to all the help we have received in making this possible, especially from the GlobalGiving community. 

Finally, we are very happy to inform you that in these past few months we have been able to increase our Online Club participation. In January and February, we were able to reach up to 425 kids with our online afternoon activities. Especially the sports activities are very popular with our Kids and are a great way to get them moving despite being locked up at home due to the ongoing pandemic. Our objective is to increase the numbers of Kids that we can reach, not only with sport and academic activities but most importantly with emotional support capsules. 

Especially in times like these we would like to thank you for your ongoing support. Please encourage your friends and families to join our great family too and to help us open the door to more great futures!  

Looking forward to reporting back to you very soon.  

Stay safe and healthy! 

Oct 23, 2020

Club Online and food baskets for our families!

Our Club team hopes that you and your families are well and safe in these specially challenging times. 
We are so excited to inform you that our Club Online has become more professional each day. Since June, when we started the Online Club, the kids have doubled in numbers and the teachers have gotten better at planning and implementing activities online. We are not only trying to keep our kids busy, help them in their homeschooling process, but also keep them company and help them with any psychological needs they may have during these uncertain times. 
Additional to all the regular activities, on August 11th we started working on the pilot program of iWrite, a beautiful project that helps boys and girls build confidence and creativity through writing in English. It is designed for kids from 3 to 12 years. In this first stage we have fourteen highly motivated kids participating. 
Together with Cats With A Heart we have developed a promising alliance by producing t-shirts that will be sold and will benefit both organizations. We designed a drawing competition with three aged-based categories. So far, we have two winners, and in the following weeks the last winner will be chosen. These winning designs will be transferred on the t-shirts to be sold. Our Club Kids are so excited about this competition and so far we have had a great response from our Club and Donor community when it comes to the voting process online. 
Also, thanks to all of you, since August we have been able to provide our families with food baskets on a biweekly basis, with all necessary sanitary measures. This activity has given us the opportunity to keep in touch with more families each time, to get to know how they are dealing with the situation, and to know more about our Club kids who are mostly locked up at home.  
Finally, our operational team has been able to take advantage of these COVID times and have been participating in diverse webinars and workshops about emotional intelligence, human rights, self-care, and other important topics that are relevant now and that the kids will find useful once we are back.  
Especially in times like these we would like to thank you for your ongoing support! 
Looking forward to reporting back to you very soon. 
Stay safe and healthy! 
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