Our ProjectsOur donation to the Foundation Straatkinderen Medellin is used to buy chairs with attached writing surfaces. The chairs were manufactured by a local carpenter and were delivered during the English lessons, so the children could help to unpack them. The result is visible in the pictures. The children now don’t have to follow their English lessons sitting on the floor any longer and can use the writing surface to make their notes or to read book. Sabine Bouwmeester who is teaching English is going to buy new English textbooks for them with the remainder of our contribution.
In december 2018 the SFF donated learning materials for children of Patzalam Choacalam IV, a school in Guatemala, in collaboration with School the World.
The materials were books for the children and book shelves to store the books. We were happy to see the photos with a lot of smiling faces of children and teachers. We were told it was quite a gathering! Each book had a label attached with the text: ‘Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!’
At the end of 2017, the SFF made a donation to the ‘Niños de Guatemala’ (NDG), an organisation founded in 2006. The aim of NDG is to bring about a change to the underlying poverty of the country by increasing the educational opportunities for it’s underprivileged children, thereby driving a better future for the inhabitants of the country. Guatemala is a country with a large income disparity where there is considerable poverty as well as a history of armed conflict. NDG tries to offer an alternative to the violence that many children choose over education, with the aim of creating a pro-active and honest “new generation”. In 2008 NDG built it’s first primary school, ‘Nuestro Futuro’ (‘Our Future’) in ‘Ciudad Vieja’ (‘The Old City’). The school then opened in 2009 with 3 classes: Group 1, 2 and 3. Since then, the school has grown steadily. Our gift was specifically destined for the education of the children in the English language and was undertaken in co-operation with our partner ambassador Livia. NDG’s response was very enthusiastic and they will keep us posted on their work.