27/10/2017 by cc_admin
Aproximadamente a un año y 4 meses de habernos trasladados a buena vista, no podemos iniciar nuestras actividades con regularidad debido a la mudanza de moradores del antiguo albergue de Coco Solo al corregimiento de Buena Vista; las grandes dificultades que presenta la organización debido a la transición:
- No contamos con espacio físico para atender a los niños dentro de la comunidad
- No contamos con recursos económicos
- Poca atención por las autoridades locales
Debido a las diferentes necesidades decidí como Director Comunitario poner a disposición mi residencia para lograr implementar algunas actividades que desarrollaba la organización como las tutorías que en estos momentos se ofrecen de lunes a sábados, atendiendo una población de 85 niños/as de primaria y secundaria, a su vez se apoya en asignaciones escolares en el idioma inglés.
Es importante señalar que los niños y jóvenes que atendimos anteriormente en Coco Solo, hoy día el 50% ha bajado su rendimiento escolar. Nuestra preocupación es enorme, requerimos reiniciar los diferentes programas que ofrecía de forma integral la organización anteriormente. En estos momentos no se ofrecen de forma completa debido a las necesidades que citamos al inicio. Consideramos que la transición a provocado en nuestra juventud aptitudes no productivas, mucho tiempo para el ocio y actividades que no contribuyen al fortalecimiento social y cultural. Al no contar con espacios dentro de la comunidad en donde se ofrezcan oportunidades para esta población; tristemente no tendremos una juventud empoderada y capaz de construir un mejor panamá.
Como Director Comunitario he organizado reuniones y varios acercamientos con la policía nacional (sede Buena Vista), padres de familia y docentes de la zona escolar con el propósito de involucrar en los planes que desea implementar la organización en esta comunidad. Pana nuestra organización es importante que se pueda contar con la ayuda para dar respuesta a todas las necesidades que afectan a la juventud del sector; esto no lo podemos lograr sin el apoyo de la comunidad, gobierno, empresa privada y organismo internacionales que anteriormente prestaban su apoyo económico, cultural y profesional. Esperamos contar con toda su ayuda en este proceso de cambio.
Pastor Michael Brown
10/08/2015 by cc_admin
We recently established another partnership with the Panamá GO! (Global Opportunities) Project fellows, Emprendedores por el Desarrollo (ExD) and Isaac Villaverde, founder of the cultural and culinary movement La Tapa del Coco, to conduct a series of entrepreneurially-focused workshops. For the first session, the kids were split into two groups to start developing a project in preparation for the upcoming Entrepreneurs for Development event the kids and Cambio Creativo will be a part of on September 19. The youth focused on identifying and expressing their strengths and brainstorming project ideas, while the younger kids learned basic business calculations and about Isaac’s La Tapa del Coco project.
30/07/2015 by cc_admin
During the second workshop with Amanda Gabster from CDNA, she focused on individual rights when it comes to health and well-being. During this session we did several role plays and skits about consent and how to express that no means no.
25/06/2015 by cc_admin
Our friend Amanda Gabster from the Community Development Network of the Americas formalized an agreement with Cambio Creativo to conduct a series of workshops with Coco Solo youth focused on public health between June and October. This month Amanda talked to youth about their bodies and the changes that take place in the transition from child to adolescent. She also discussed on healthy intimate relationships and contraception options.
26/02/2015 by cc_admin
With the new school year around the corner, we dedicated the month of February to activities to help the kids prepare. The first workshop we did was arts and crafts with yarn. We taught the kids to use yarn to design mini-kites with the color combination of their choice. This workshop helped them focus and concentrate, as well as provide the satisfaction of creating something from nothing. Afterward, we had a literacy and book-making workshop to reinforce reading and writing skills, an area of difficulty for many of the school-age Coco Solo kids. – Elias Santos Dubón and Jesús Blanco
29/01/2015 by cc_admin
During January we focused on promoting creativity with art and the written word through a series of workshops. The first activity was a drawing contest during which the children learned different kinds of techniques and applied their creativity through colored pencils and paint. The second activity involved writing poetry. The objective was to let their creative juices flow, coming up with original verses. This activity reinforced literacy and writing skills. The last activity was a songwriting workshop. Children wrote out their favorite songs and had the chance to perform them at the end.
– Elias Santos Dubón and Jesús Blanco
19/12/2014 by cc_admin
On Wednesday, December 17 the organization hosted a holiday cookie workshop with Coco Solo youth and children. We used math to understand the cookie recipe, then the youth divided into three groups. Each group elected a leader to keep order and discipline as they made cookies. Seventeen youth participated in the workshop, preparing their own cookies and those for the younger children. Two mothers and 16 kids helped to decorate the cookies, utilizing their fine motor skills. The kids and youth tasted the cookies at the center and were able to take some home to share with their families. – Elias Santos Dubón
03/11/2014 by cc_admin
Participants in this workshop learned to work with canvas and raffia ribbon to create their own picture frames. The students actively participated and followed instructions. The students carefully cut the canvas guided by a pattern, and proceeded to sew designs on the front of the frame. They then sewed the front and back together, leaving an opening to insert a picture. Approximately 30 students participated in the workshop. – Yamilka de Savage
03/10/2014 by cc_admin
During the month of October, Cambio Creativo partner and friend, La Escuela del Ritmo, offered a series of music, art, and folkloric dance scholarships to students participating in the Jovenes Luchadores youth group. A little over 20 students were able to take advantage of these free classes, which offered some the chance to explore their interests and others the opportunity to improve their technique and skills. Since Portobelo— where La Escuela del Ritmo is located— is about an hour away from Coco Solo, Cambio Creativo provided the students with the opportunity to stay in Portobelo throughout their scholarship experience. Cambio Creativo is heartened by La Escuelita del Ritmo’s generosity in creating a unique and unforgettable experience for our Coco Solo youth. The students who participated already say they want to go back for more classes, and those who weren’t able to attend are asking to participate next year. We hope to turn this experience into a yearly event the students can look forward to and prepare for.
29/09/2014 by cc_admin
Music is a source of inspiration and community for the youth of Coco Solo. Andres Lombana-Bermudez visited Cambio Creativo from Bogota, Colombia to help facilitate student interest in musical rhythm and flow. Students from the group, Jovenes Luchadores, played word games and wrote short stories about Coco Solo to collectively make a song about their lives in the neighborhood. It was an opportunity to creatively express their feelings and thoughts with one another. Andres, a PhD Candidate in Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, focuses his research and teaching on the intersection of youth, digital technology, and learning. His experience and passion for the educational potential of music was inspiring for everyone who participated.