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Monday, May 14, 2012

Help make the May 26th Children´s Summit Happen!


Fundraised the amount for the Children´s Summit for Saturday!

thanks to Leslie Garrison, Ashley Armato, Mary Sullivan, Laura Hershberger, Ray and Lois Holdrige, SSPAS, St. Peters Parish, Matthew Mascioli, John Daniewicz and Karen Miller for helping to make this happen



Proposal – Children’s Summit “Agents of Change”
Description
Activity: Summit where the Children’s Emergency Committees of Joya Grande in the municipality of Santiago Texacuangos, and the Children’s Violence Prevencion Committees of the communities Chancala Baja and PrĂ³ceres Oriente, both in the municipality of Mejicanos can share their experiences and knowledge with one another
Participants: 60 children (30 from Joya Grande and 30 from Mejicanos); 12 adults and youth from the communities (8 from Mejicanos and 4 from Joya Grande); 4 facilitators from each organization (80 persons total)
Total Cost: $740
Tentative Date: May 19th, 2012
Time: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Participating Organizations
                The Passionist Social Service (SSPAS) has been working with children in the marginalized communities of Mejicanos since 2007.  Currently, it works in 8 different communities, teaching children to prevent violence and to be leaders in transforming their reality.  The Children’s Program at SSPAS has organized many diverse activities for the children, including forums, street festivals, and field trips, with the objective of empowering the participants and preventing violence in all of its forms.
                The organization CEIBA (Constructing Integrated Spaces for Environmental Well-being) was founded in 2009 after tropical storm Ida.  In 2012 it began a process of psychosocial intervention with the children who had suffered during the storm, culminating in the formation of the first children’s emergency committee.  In 2011 CEIBA formed a second committee with a second group of children from the community, teaching them about risk management, first aid, and how to act in different types of disasters.  
Justification
                In El Salvador there are very few spaces for children.  Most government and civil society programs focus on youth or adults.  At the same time, in many communities there is little interest in attending to children.  Many leaders prefer infrastructure projects to projects aiming to teach youth and children.  However, during their work, CEIBA and SSPAS have seen great potential among the children to be agents of transformation of their reality.  One of the important objectives of these two institutions is to empower children to be leaders within their groups of friends, their families, and their communities.
                During the children’s summit, we hope to reinforce this empowerment through exchanging their knowledge and experiences.  The children of the community Joya Grande will share their knowledge of risk management while the children of the communities of Mejicanos will share their knowledge of the rights of children and the new Law for the Integral Protection of Children and Adolescents (LEPINA).  Moreover, the participants will have the opportunity to meet new friends and to share their experiences living in a rural (Joya Grande), semi-rural (Chancala Baja), and urban (Proceres Oriente) area.  We hope that this activity will motivate the children who participate to continue organizing and working to improve their communities, even after SSPAS and CEIBA’s projects end.
                During the activity, we will use a recreational-educational approach, using ice-breakers, cooperative games, and educational corners to promote learning and the creation of friendships.  The morning will be dedicated to introductions and ice-breakers, followed by the participation of the children’s emergency committees.  After lunch, the children’s violence prevention committees will share, and at the end of the afternoon there will be a time for recreation, including a boat ride, for the children to have a chance to play and enjoy themselves.
Objectives
Objectives
1.       Children from Mejicanos learn about risk management and disasters
2.       Children from Joya Grande learn about human rights and the LEPINA (Children’s Protection Law)
3.       Children from the different communities reinforce their knowledge and strengthen their leadership abilities through teaching others
4.       Children from the different communities are encouraged to continue organizing and learning new things independent of the presence of NGOs
5.       Children and community members from different parts of the country share their experiences of urban and rural life and form new friendships
Agenda
Time
Activity
Responsible
7:30 AM
Leave Mejicanos
SSPAS
9:00 AM
Arrival, sign-in, distribution of name tags, and snack
SSPAS / CEIBA
9:30 AM
Welcome and presentation of facilitators
SSPAS / CEIBA
9:40 AM
Rules for the day
SSPAS
9:50 AM
Large group game – “The love of colors”
CEIBA
10:00 AM
Large group game – “Hand soccer”
CEIBA
10:10 AM
Presentation in small groups
SSPAS / CEIBA
10:20 AM
Small group game – “Name tag”
SSPAS
10:30 AM
Cooperative game – “Newspaper towers”
SSPAS
10:40 PM
CEIBA’s Presentation
CEIBA
12:30 PM
Lunch
CEIBA
1:30 PM
SSPAS’s Presentation
SSPAS
3:00 PM
Recreation time – Boat ride or soccer game
SSPAS / CEIBA
3:50 PM
Evaluation
SSPAS / CEIBA
4:00 PM
Closing and thank-yous
SSPAS / CEIBA
4:10 PM
Leave for Mejicanos
SSPAS
5:30 PM
Arrival in communities of Mejicanos
SSPAS

Budget
Item
Cost
Quantity
Total
PREPARATION FOR EVENT



Transportation to Joya Grande
$20
5
$100
Snacks for 6 workshops (2 per community)
$15
6
$90
Phone minutes for CEIBA facilitators
$15
-
$15




Total


$205




DAY OF EVENT



Transportation
$150
1
$150
Snack
$1.00
80
$80
Lunch
$2.00
80
$160
Boat rental
$30
4
$120
Community building rental
$25
1
$25




Total


$535




Total


$740


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