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2013 REPORT

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INTERVENTION


ACTIONS


PROGRESS


Nutritional Support


v In 2013, the Foundation opened a new program to serve adolescents between the ages of 14 through 17, which was called “Malala” in homage to the Pakistani adolescent Malala Yousafzai, a fighter for the girls right to education.


v With this new program, during 2013, 168 children were served, thus augmenting the figure from the previous year.


v Unlike previous years, this year very few desertions from boys and girls were presented, and the few open spots available, were quickly assigned again, once the withdrawal of the boy or girl was definitely confirmed. During this year, we timely followed up those children who were absent for several days by telephone monitoring, and this allowed us to take greater control of the children’s attendance and their family situation of each one, and eventually it became a tool for the retention of children.


v We continued managing the daily menus that guarantee a proper nutritional balance suitable for the children’s physical development. We continued with the same diet diagram: breakfast, 9:00 am snack, lunch, and 11:00 am snack.


v Throughout the year, the Foundation continued counting on the collaboration of some donors who support our work to provide animal protein (chicken, eggs, dairy products, beef, and tuna fish). We received non-perishable food from Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra, as a result from the “March for a Pound of Food.” During this year, we continued providing milk every day of the week, and eggs three times a week to all the children.


v Dr. Cecilia Helena Montoya, our nutritionist, continued making assessment visits once a month by helping and monitoring those chronic undernourishment cases of the new boys and girls who were admitted to the Foundation. This work, supported by the teachers, continued taking the quarterly control of their size and weight.


v We received an important nutritional supplement donation for babies until two years old, and this was used to alleviate two children of the “Semillitas Room,” (nursery) who arrived to the foundation with a high advanced degree of undernourishment.


v As in the previous years, all the boys and girls, as well as the adolescents, showed increasing curves in their development. In the same way, Dr. Cecilia Helena Montoya developed a nutritional table for each child of the Foundation, which allowed us evidencing their growth progress.


v We continued to have the sponsorship of Sabores Siboney as a monthly donor of 40 kilos of fruit pulp.


v We took special care about the food’s expiration date, its organization, and location in the pantry.


v Several visits from Hospital de Vista Hermosa took place to verify that the sanitary conditions were in good standing, to which we were approved.


v In July 2013, an updated children nutritional workshop was held for all the staff of the Foundation, presented by Dr. Cecilia Helena Montoya, where all the main concepts in nutrition were revised again, and the updated biometric data for the Colombian population was revealed.


v In 2013, further progress was made in the expansion of the kitchen and dining room, which were not veneered, because we began the construction of a second level that we expect to complete in 2014. 


v Most of all the baking products offered to the children were produced in our own bakery (bread, biscuits, ring-shaped cake, flaky pastries, shortbread, etc.), and were prepared with ingredients of the highest quality.


v This year, we hired a new bursar for the kitchen.


Comprehensive Assistance


HEALTH:


v Vaccination campaigns continued with Hospital de Vista Hermosa, and the work with the parents in the community increased to be on the alert for the vaccination schedule of their children, since the parents’ signature of informed consent was required in their registration card. As we have done it in previous years during the registration process, we required a current copy of their immunization ID card, so that the Foundation would be able to maintain control of this, and we co-worked with the hospital on this health issue.


v We continued to have the medical and psychosocial support of periodical visits from Hospital de Vista Hermosa.


v During 2013, we relied with the support of “Dentists without Borders,” who provided five brigades throughout the year and made the required oral treatments to the children who were in need. We continued to reinforce the toot brushing twice a day and the Foundation provided the toothbrushes and the dental paste.


v We continued to reinforce the hand wash habit to the children before eating and after using the bathroom.


v This year, Volver Foundation supported us with a visual health brigade where an ophthalmological check-up was performed to all the children of the Foundation, and free eyeglasses were provided to those who were in need of them.


v In February, a workshop on First Aid to assist the children was addressed to all the staff of the Foundation, led by a rescuer lady with related experience on this issue.



  EDUCATION:

 


v This year we hired four new teachers, one for the San Jorge’s Room, one for the Nursery Room, one for the Walking Babies Room, and one for the Adolescent Program, who are certified in Early Childhood. As we have done it in the previous years, we procured hiring professional teaching staff as much as possible in order to comply with the current Law requirements.


v We continued using the pedagogical focus of Meaningful Learning and the teaching of affection for a healthy child development, complemented with the Piaget, Vigotsky and Bandura pedagogical approach. In this sense, we continued with the teacher training processes by having educational workshops and activities with the Foundation employees on the last Friday of each month.


v During the year, we provided several workshops about Code of Law on Children and Adolescents, Child Nutrition, Importance of Reading in Childhood, Children’s Literature, Recycling and Classification of Materials, Development of Child Thinking, and one session on Rumba Fitness.


v Educational bimonthly meetings of Cigarra's working team were conducted with the purpose of assessing the children’s progress and to also do a corresponding follow-up of those difficult cases.


v On the other hand, the Foundation’s work was reinforced with Cultural, educational, and recreational field trips to places such as t Simon Bolivar Park, Mundo Aventura, Panaca, Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra, among others.


v This year we visited Colegio Jaime Quijano Caballero of the Universidad Incca of Colombia for “Language Day” where a Black Theater play was presented to the High School Students.


v The attaining of books and teaching materials for each room was increased.


v This year a computer course was taught to the children of San Jorge’s Room to reinforce their knowledge on this subject.


v In 2013, the collection and sale of recyclable materials became institutionalized in order to finance the Foundation activities. Last year, we programmed a trip to Cartagena by plane with the purpose for children between the ages of 7 through 14 to get to know the sea and to have the possibility of flying. This issue was considered as a classroom project with the children of San Jorge’s Room and it was through this, that everything related to the academic and the formation of values, such as responsibility and teamwork was dealt with.


v All the children, their parents and all the Foundation staff learned about the basic principles to recycle and the proper way to separate solid waste. This crosscutting activity throughout the year, allowed us to obtain important resources to partly finance the Cartagena trip. Avianca Airlines donated us twenty-five tickets as a result managed with its Department of Corporate Social Responsibility. Fifty children and fourteen teachers traveled to Cartagena.


v This year, we received the visit of several Psychology and Early Childhood Education student groups from the INCCA University of Colombia, who interacted with the children and had the possibility to directly experience the difficulties of life conditions in the children’s community.


v We also received the visit of several Environmental Engineering student groups from the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, who donated us the micro soccer fields, and who supported our recycling and vegetable garden project.


v This year, we inaugurated our own toy library, space that counts with all the necessary elements for working with the children, which enable us to strengthen the issues of moral values and positive principles through artistic work. The children created handicrafts with foam and other recyclable materials as a form of occupational therapy.


v We continued working with children, teachers and parents in promoting our main institutional values of preventing sexual abuse and child abuse.


v We held two workshops with the Adolescent group. One on Sexual Education and the other on Life Project. We established space for fifteen adolescents for both school shifts (morning and afternoon), but it was finally consolidated to seven boys and seven girls.


AFFECTIVITY:


v We continued promoting games as an important educational and formative tool for the children. The park and open field spaces were essential for the optimal physical and emotional development of our children, since they were able to run, jump, play, burn energy, and practice sports like soccer and basketball. Therefore, the recreational-sports space has been a very positive constructive component for the Foundation to have a “Healthy School.”


v This year we adopted a doe as a pet, which the children named “Lola.” The relationship with the little animal has enabled the children to develop their sense of responsibility and respect for other living beings. We counted with the services of a veterinarian doctor, who was in charge of frequently examining Lola, and to certify her health state.


v We conducted periodic Parents Meetings, not only to update them on their children's progress and difficulties, but also to inform them about other important issues such as balanced nutrition, assertive communication, self-esteem, prevention of sexual abuse and child abuse, considered as social intolerant behavior from the beginnings of the Foundation.


v We continued promoting amongst our teachers the importance of good interpersonal skills and the loving relationship with the children, the reinforcing of self-esteem and the importance of maintaining a good and open communication with the parents in order to work together.


v In April, we celebrated Childhood Day, and in October, Child’s Day with a special lunch, recreational activities and gifts.


v In May, we celebrated Mrs. Mary Allen’s birthday, who was one of our most important sponsors and the mother of our founder. The children performed alluding representations of the hen and the chickens.


v In September, we decorated the Foundation buildings, allusive to the “Month of Love and Friendship.” These values were fomented throughout the year and we worked on them. The Cultural Week also took place on this month, and it consisted of recreational, sportive, and artistic activities.


v In October, the Foundation buildings were decorated to celebrate Halloween. This year we received a large donation of costumes, which were used by some children, who did not own one.


v In December, we decorated the buildings and a Christmas tree, and created the Manger, so that the children could begin celebrating with us:


§  Our children participated in the Christmas Party organized by Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra and received gifts.


·      Stanton Shoes donated to the Foundation new shoes for each child.


v Likewise, we received important donations in money, clothing, games, books, teaching materials, and food throughout the year.


Quality of Life


v This year, a multimedia and computing systems course was taught to the Community, to which our adolescents participated, who were certified by San Felipe Neri Foundation as they complied with all the hours required for the completion of the course.


v During the year, we conducted ten successful Community Wardrobe and Furniture Sale, about one per month. We were very fortunate to receive many donations such as clothes, basic home furnishings, and furniture in excellent condition for our neighborhood community to acquire them at low cost.


v We continued offering the parents to pay their children’s low monthly fees with monthly work in our Foundation.


v Likewise, the Foundation continued working together with the Community Action Council in the legalization process of the neighborhood Puertas del Paraíso.


v In conjunction with the Community, a project was established before Fundación Techo “Fontecho” for the pavement of 71Q Street from the avenue to the beginning of the stairway in front of Cigarra. The project was approved and the only thing pending was to finish laying the pavement. 


v In June, we received the visit of a U.S.A youth group, whose parents have donated money to contribute with our work. During this visit, they interacted with our children and they directly experienced the poverty conditions of the neighborhood.


v Throughout the year, several activities for raising funds took place:


   §  In February, we participated, as every year, in the bazaar organized by Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra.


   §  In August, we carried out a raffle of a motorcycle.


   §  In September, we participated in a fund-raising party for Cigarra Foundation at Casa Babylon.


v In the beginning of the year, the Foundation served as intermediary between a construction company and a family from the neighborhood, who received a house as a donation, which undoubtedly improved their quality of life.


v This year, we continued working on training the children for evacuation in the event of an emergency. 


v In January, through approved Minutes, we established the Labor Harmony Committee for 2013.  


v As part of the Embellishment Program of the Foundation, we have planted new flowering plants and the garden has been maintained.


 

 

2012 REPORT

Posted by cigarra-eng on February 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

INTERVENTION


ACTIONS


PROGRESS


Nutritional Support


v During 2012, 151 boys and girls were served, thus keeping about the same number of children helped from the previous year.


v Throughout the year, several desertions from boys and girls were presented for diverse reasons, mainly due to the transfer of their families to other neighborhoods, nevertheless and despite this, the open spots were again quickly assigned, once the withdrawal of the boy or girl was definitely confirmed.


v In 2012 the WFP (World Food Program) cancelled the operations in Bogota. Since the Foundation did not receive the bimonthly remittances, this resulted in the inflation of the costs of the children’s nutritional assistance, without affecting, of course, the quality in the service. It only involved a different organization in the food attainment.


v We continued managing the daily menus that guarantee a proper nutritional balance suitable for the children’s physical development. We continued with the same diet diagram: breakfast, 9:00 am snack, lunch, and 11:00 am snack.


v Throughout the year, the Foundation continued counting on the collaboration of some donors who support our work to provide animal protein (chicken, eggs, dairy products, beef, and tuna fish). We received non-perishable food from Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra, as a result from the “March for a Pound of Food.” During 2012 we continued providing milk every week, and eggs three times a week to all the children.


v Dr. Cecilia Helena Montoya, our nutritionist, continued making assessment visits once a month by helping and monitoring those chronic undernourishment cases of boys and girls who were admitted to the Foundation. The teachers, who continued taking the quarterly control of their size and weight, support this work. The children this year show, as in the previous years, increasing curves in their development. In the same way, Dr. Montoya developed a nutritional table for each child of the Foundation, which allows evidencing their growth progress.


v Several visits from Hospital de Vista Hermosa took place to verify that the sanitary conditions were in good standing, to which we were approved.


v We continued to have the sponsorship of Sabores Siboney as a monthly donor of 40 kilos of fruit pulp.


v We took special care about the food’s expiration date, its organization, and location in the pantry.


v In 2012, we made progress in the expansion of the kitchen and dining room, pending only the placing of the interior tiles. During the midyear recess, we will continue with the repairs and the painting of the Foundation’s façade. 

                                                                              

Comprehensive Assistance


HEALTH:


v Vaccination campaigns continued with Hospital de Vista Hermosa, and the work with the parents in the community increased to be on the alert for the vaccination schedule of their children, since the parents’ signature of informed consent is required in their registration card. As we have done in previous years during the registration process, we require a current copy of their immunization ID card, so that the Foundation can maintain control, and we co-worked with the hospital on this health issue.


v We continued to have the medical and dental support visits from Hospital de Vista Hermosa, who this year did two working days of oral hygiene for the children. Cigarra provided toothbrushes and toothpaste to all the children and we continued to enforce tooth brushing twice a day.


v We continued to reinforce the hand wash habit to the children before eating and after using the bathroom.


v Kennedy Hospital became partners with Cigarra and requested us to collaborate in the development of a prenatal care project with pregnant teenagers.


v The Psycho-social Department of Hospital de Vista Hermosa also supported the Foundation with workshops directed to our Foundation employees with mental health issues.


v In September we hired a new psychologist with subsequent changes in our outreach methods.


EDUCATION:


v This year we hired five new teachers, two with a standard certificate for San Jorge’s Room; two for the Walking Babies Room, and one for the Pre-Kinder Garden Room, who are Pre-school certified. As we have done it in the previous years, we procure hiring professional teaching staff as much as possible in order to comply with the current Law requirements.


v Cigarra continued using the pedagogical focus of Meaningful Learning and the teaching of affection for a healthy child development, complemented with the Piaget and Vigotsky pedagogical approach. In this sense, we continued with the teacher training processes by having educational workshops and activities with the Foundation employees on the last Friday of each month.


v During the year, we also provided prevention workshops about psychoactive substances consumption in the school field, mental health, recycling, appropriate separation of solid waste, Jacques Lacan approach in education, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats), assertive communication, and conflict resolution among others.


v The Foundation’s work was reinforced with Cultural, educational, and recreational field trips to places such as the Simon Bolivar Park, Centro Mayor Cinemas, Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra, Tabacal Lagoon (La Vega) among others.


v Cigarra continued attaining books and teaching materials for each room.


v This year a computer course was taught to the children of San Jorge Room to reinforce their knowledge on this subject.


v Educational bimonthly meetings of Cigarra's working team were conducted with the purpose of assessing the children’s progress and to also do a corresponding follow-up of those difficult cases.


v Cigarra received the visit of several Psychology and Preschool Education student groups from the INCCA University of Colombia to have the possibility of interacting with the children and to directly experience the difficulties of life conditions in the children’s community.


v We continue working hard through the arts to reinforce the moral values and positive principles for our children. The children made handicrafts with foam and other materials.


v Cigarra continued working with children, parents and teachers in promoting its main institutional values of preventing sexual abuse and child abuse.


AFFECTIVITY:

 

v In order to maintain a “Healthy School,” Cigarra continued promoting games as an important educational and formative tool for the children. The park and the open field spaces are essential for the optimal physical and emotional development of our children, since they can run, jump, play, burn energy, and practice soccer and basketball.


v Cigarra conducted periodic Parents Meetings, not only to update them on their children's progress and difficulties, but also to inform them about balanced nutrition, assertive communication, self-esteem, prevention of sexual abuse and child abuse (considered as social intolerant behavior).


v Cigarra continued promoting amongst its teachers the importance of good interpersonal skills and the loving relationship with the children, the reinforcing of self-esteem and the good and open communication with the parents.


v In April, Cigarra celebrated Childhood Day, and in October, Child’s Day with a special lunch, recreational activities and gifts.


v A recycling project was executed with the children of San Jorge Room by having the children use the empty plastic bottles filled with edible products packages to create park seats.


v In December, the Foundation decorated its buildings and Christmas tree, and created the Manger.


·      Our children participated in the Christmas Party organized by Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra and received gifts. December was special, because there was an abundance of gifts and Christmas activities organized by several friends of Cigarra.


·      Luz Helena Velez y Gustavo Urrego organized a program named “Make an Angel happy this Christmas,” offered a special breakfast, and donated gifts to each child.


·      FEMPRO (Profamily Employees Fund) chose the Foundation to donate gifts to children ages 2 to 3.


·      The Colegio Jaime Quijano Caballero 9th grade students donated gifts to all the children of Cigarra.


·      Stanton Shoes donated new shoes to each child of Cigarra.


v Throughout the year, Cigarra received important donations in money, clothing, games, books, teaching materials, and food.


 

Quality of Life


v Cigarra hired a General Maintenance and Services person to be in charge of local repairs, take care of the premises, maintain and water the garden as well as planting trees and ornamental bushes.


v A course on Baking and Confectionery was taught to the community. Approximately 20 people participated and were certified by San Felipe Neri Foundation once they completed all the hours required.


v During the year, Cigarra conducted 10 Community Wardrobe and Furniture Sale (one per month) with donated clothes, basic home furnishings, and furniture in excellent condition for our neighborhood community to acquire them at low cost.


v We continued offering the parents to pay their children’s low monthly fees with monthly work in our Foundation.


v Cigarra continued working together with the Community Action Council in the legalization process of the neighborhood Puertas del Paraíso (Paradise Gates).


v The Foundation psychologist continued assisting children's cases as well as families and couples or whoever was in need. In addition, the psychologist worked also with the teachers and offered guidelines for the management of difficult cases in the classroom.


v As part of the healthy work environment, Cigarra took two field trips with all the working team to Piscilago in June, and to Tocaima in December. Also, at the end of the year a special Christmas lunch was offered.


v This year, Cigarra's Foundation Emergency Plan was submitted before the Defence, Prevention and Disaster Mitigation Fund of Bogota (FOPAE), and we worked training the children for emergency evacuation.


v In June, Cigarra officially published the Internal Company Policy, which was given to each employee, and which was established through an Agreement of the Coexistence Labor Committee.


v This year, Cigarra Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary with several special activities.


·      Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra inaugurated its program: “In Memory of a Loved One” which consisted in donating money to the Foundation when a close relative of the school dies.


·      Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra also organized a raffle on the occasion of Cigarra’s anniversary.


·      In September, Cigarra organized a bingo bazaar, which took place in the Foundation premises, to which many people from the community and friends attended. Most of the prizes given were donated.


v In June, an American youth group, whose parents donated the money for the children’s park, visited the Foundation. They interacted with the children and saw the neighborhood poverty conditions.


v In February, as every year, Cigarra participated in the bazaar organized by Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra.


v In June, Cigarra launched the “Façade Contest” whose objective was to motivate the Community to fix the front of their houses and to clean the public spaces. Ten houses registered and the prizes were awarded in December.


 

 

2011 REPORT

Posted by cigarra-eng on July 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 INTERVENTION



ACTIONS



PROGRESS


 Nutritional Support


ñ During 2011, 142 boys and girls were served, thus keeping about the same number of children helped from the previous year.


ñ Throughout the year, several desertions from boys and girls were presented for diverse reasons, mainly due to health problems associated with respiratory difficulties during the winter and their transfer to another neighborhood. Once the child's withdrawal from the program was confirmed, another child on the waiting list was accepted immediately.


ñ In January 2011, the World Food Program data was updated and the support from WFP was again negotiated and achieved to receive a quarterly delivery of large sacks of lentils, wheat flour, Bienestarina (nourishment containing cereals, vegetable protein and vitamins), sugar, oil and brown sugarloaf. Other times, Cigarra receives peas or beans, instead of lentils.


ñ During the year, Cigarra received from some faithful donors: chicken, eggs, dairy products, meat and tuna fish.


ñ Children were also nourished with milk and yogurt, which come in bags donated by Alpina.


ñ Dr. Cecilia Helena Montoya, our nutritionist, continued to give assessment throughout the year by helping and monitoring several cases of children who arrived undernourished. She also developed a nutritional table for each child of the Foundation, which allows us to see the progress in their development. The teachers supported this work by keeping a quarterly control of their weight and size.


ñ Sabores Siboney continued as a sponsor by monthly donating 40 kilos of fruit pulp.


ñ During the year, Cigarra received several donations of cookies and crackers, juice, candy, and lollipops.


ñ Several groups of Psychology students from the INCCA University of Colombia organized special breakfasts and lunches for the children several times, which included recreational activities.


ñ Two new bursars were hired for the kitchen's work.


ñ In May a nutritional workshop update with Dr. Cecilia Helena Montoya took place.


ñ In August, Cigarra received the Sanitary Food Manipulation certificate renovation for six months by attending the course, organized by the Hospital de Vista Hermosa.


ñ Cigarra Foundation received recognition for our work in the community in September at the WFP Meeting of Implementing Partners of the Eastern Central Region of Colombia, where the most successful experiences were presented.


ñ Through Red Pan Foundation, Pfizer requested Cigarra’s support for the Social Responsibility Management project called “Nourishing the Future” with children from 0 to 10 months of age, where mothers were trained about the importance of breastfeeding.


                                                                                 

Integrated Assistance


HEALTH:


ñ Vaccination campaigns continued with Hospital de Vista Hermosa, and the work with the parents in the community increased to be on the alert for the vaccination schedule of their children, as it is required for their registration, and for the Foundation to maintain control.


ñ Cigarra continued to have the medical support visits from Hospital de Vista Hermosa, who conducted several Dental Hygiene and Dental work to help our children.


ñ Cigarra provided toothpaste and toothbrushes to the children and continued with the cleaning campaign twice a day while children attended our Foundation.


ñ Hand washing campaign was reinforced to maintain good hygiene habits.


ñ Several outbreaks of gastroenteritis, chickenpox and respiratory infections were reported, and the local Health Department helped in the control.


 

EDUCATION:



ñ Three more teachers were hired: 2 for the “Pitufitos Room,” a Preschool Technician, and the other one with a license in Early Childhood Education; the third one for “San Jorge,” in her last semester for the Bachelor in Spanish.


ñ Cigarra procured to hire professionals in the education field to comply with the current Law requirements.


ñ Cigarra continued using the pedagogical focus of Meaningful Learning and the teaching of affection for a healthy child development. 


ñ Cultural and recreational field trips were reinforced in the children's learning, and such trips included: Museum of Gold in March; the Toy Library at the Biblioteca Virgilio Barco in April, Simon Bolivar Park in May, and Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra in December.


ñ Since we lacked insurance for children’s field trips the, in case of accidents, not many of these were taken.


ñ Cigarra continued attaining books and teaching materials for each room.


ñ We continued to fortify our library with donations of textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, short stories, etc.


ñ Educational monthly meetings of Cigarra's working team were conducted in order to review the Educational Program for each grade, children's progress and follow-up on the difficult cases.


ñ Cigarra received the visit of 18 Psychology student groups from the INCCA University of Colombia to interact with the children and directly experience the difficulties of life conditions in the community.


ñ In May, two women, officials from Bancolombia, who learned about the Foundation through “Responsible Colombia” came to personally learn about our work.


ñ Cigarra continued reinforcing the educational learning and values through music.


ñ Cigarra continued working with children, parents and teachers in promoting its main institutional values of preventing sexual abuse and child abuse.


ñ Cigarra began the process of obtaining the certificate of Registration of Early Childhood Education.


 

AFECTIVITY:


ñ We continued using games as an important educational and formative tool for the children.


ñ Thanks to a donation, Cigarra constructed a Children's Park next to the game field, inaugurated in 2010, for the recreation of our children in order to maintain a “Healthy School.”


ñ Cigarra conducted quarterly Parents Meetings to update them on their children's progress, difficulties, balanced nutrition, assertive communication, self-esteem, prevention of sexual abuse and child abuse.


ñ Cigarra continued promoting amongst its teachers the importance of good interpersonal skills and the loving relationship with the children, the reinforcing of self-esteem and the good and open communication with the parents.


ñ During January and August, Cigarra conducted talks with the teachers of Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra.


ñ In February the Foundation participated in the Annual Bazaar at Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra.


ñ In April, Cigarra celebrated Childhood Day, and in October, Child’s Day with a special lunch, recreational activities and gifts.


ñ On August, Bancolombia employees conducted a recreational activity for the children of the Foundation.


ñ In December, the Foundation decorated its buildings and Christmas tree, and created the Manger. Our children participated in the Christmas Party organized by Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra and other friends of Cigarra and received gifts.


ñ On April 6, 7 and 8, the Foundation participated in the third version of  “Responsible Colombia” in Corferias.


ñ In May, Cigarra celebrated Teacher's Day with a special lunch.


ñ In June, Cigarra took a Health Working field trip to the town of Mesitas with all its employees.


ñ In December, Cigarra had a special Christmas lunch with all its employees.


Quality of Life


ñ The Community Action Council invited Cigarra to attended three meetings last year to analyze the process of legalization of the neighborhood Puertas del Paraíso (Paradise Gates)


ñ This year Cigarra began the reconstruction of Casa Na, a space created for the running of the bakery and the commercialization of its products.


ñ During the year, Cigarra conducted 11 Community Wardrobe and Furniture Sale (one per month) with donated clothes and furniture in excellent condition for our neighborhood community to acquire them at low cost.


ñ Many mothers paid their children low monthly fees with monthly work in our Foundation.


ñ The Foundation psychologist continued assisting children's cases as well as families and couples or whoever was in need.


ñ This year a workshop was conducted to develop a matrix with the main risks we have in our Foundation, and as a result we now have the Cigarra's Foundation Emergency Plan.


2010 REPORT

Posted by cigarra-eng on July 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 INTERVENTION


ACTIONS


PROGRESS


 Nutritional Support


ñ During 2010, 151 boys and girls were served, thus keeping about the same number of children helped from the previous year.


ñ Throughout the year, several desertions from boys and girls were presented for diverse reasons, mainly due to their transfer to another neighborhood. Once the child's complete withdrawal from the program was confirmed, another child on the waiting list was accepted immediately.


ñ In January 2010, the World Food Program data was updated and their support was again negotiated and achieved to receive a quarterly delivery of large sacks of lentils, wheat flour, Bienestarina (nourishment containing cereals, vegetable protein and vitamins), sugar, oil and brown sugarloaf. Other times, Cigarra receives peas or beans, instead of lentils.


ñ During the year, Cigarra received from some faithful donors: chicken, eggs, dairy products, meat and tuna fish.


ñ Children were also nourished with milk daily.


ñ Dr. Cecilia Helena Montoya, our nutritionist, continued to give assessment throughout the year by helping and monitoring several cases of children who arrived undernourished. She also developed a nutritional table for each child of the Foundation, which allows us to see the progress in their development. The teachers support this work by keeping a quarterly control of their weight and size.


ñ Sabores Siboney continues as a sponsor by monthly donating 40 kilos of fruit pulp.


ñ Ponques ­Cascabel donated weekly cakes, pies and bakery products.


ñ During the year, Cigarra received several donations of cookies and crackers, juice, candy, and lollipops from different donors.


ñ Several groups of Psychology students from the INCCA University of Colombia organized special breakfasts and lunches for the children several times, which included recreational activities.


ñ A new bursar was hired for the kitchen's work.


ñ In March a nutritional workshop with Dr. Cecilia Helena Montoya took place.


ñ Cigarra participated in the certification process for Sanitary Regulations and the Food Manipulation Good Practices by attending the course organized by Jorge ­Tadeo Lozano University, and as a result we did several improvements in the kitchen and the pantry.


ñ The Basic Reorganization and Cleaning Plan ­of the Foundation was implemented and reinforced.


ñ  In September, Cigarra attended the Food Manipulation course with Hospital de Vista Hermosa

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Integrated Assistance


HEALTH:


ñ Vaccination campaigns continued with Hospital de Vista Hermosa, and the work with the parents in the community increased to be on the alert for the vaccination schedule of their children, as it is required for their registration, and for the Foundation to maintain control.


ñ Cigarra continued to have the medical support visits from Hospital de Vista Hermosa, who conducted several Dental Hygiene and Dental work to help our children.


ñ Several outbreaks of gastroenteritis, chickenpox and mumps were reported, and the local Health Department helped in the control.


ñ Cigarra provided toothpaste and toothbrushes to the children and continued with the cleaning campaign twice a day while children attended our Foundation.


 

EDUCATION:


ñ Two more teachers were hired: 1 for the “Salacuna Room,” a Preschool Technician; the other one license in Early Childhood Education for “Fruticas Room.”


ñ Cigarra procured to hire professionals in the education field to comply with the current Law requirements.


ñ This year two of our teachers graduated with a Bachelor in Spanish.


ñ In the middle of the year, Cigarra had to replace a teacher for the “Salacuna Room,” and hired a new Early Childhood Education Teacher.


ñ In September, Cigarra hired a new Psychologist.


ñ Cigarra continued using the pedagogical focus of Meaningful Learning and the teaching of affection for healthy child development. 


ñ Cultural and recreational field trips wee reinforced in the children's learning, and such trips included: Simon Bolivar Park, El Tunal Library, Plaza las Americas, Museo del Mar, and Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra.


ñ Cigarra continued attaining books and teaching materials for each room.


ñ With donations received from previous years, we began organizing our library, which has encyclopedias, textbooks, dictionaries, short stories, etc.


ñ We began organizing the Computer Program Room with 34 computers with a Linux system for the children to learn how to navigate the Internet.


ñ Educational monthly meetings of Cigarra's working team were conducted in order to review the Educational Program for each grade, the children's progress and follow-up on the difficult cases.


ñ Cigarra received the visit of 16 Psychology and Early Childhood Education student groups from the INCCA University of Colombia to interact with the children and directly experience the difficulties of life conditions in the community.


ñ Cigarra continued reinforcing the educational learning and values through music and theater with the older children.


ñ Cigarra continued working with children, parents and teachers in promoting its main institutional values of preventing sexual abuse and child abuse.


 

AFECTIVITY:


ñ We continued using games as an important educational and formative tool for the children.


ñ Cigarra completed the construction of a game field, thanks to a donation for the recreation of our children and to maintain a “Healthy School.”


ñ Cigarra conducted quarterly Parents Meetings to update them on their children's progress, difficulties, balanced nutrition, assertive communication, self-esteem, prevention of sexual abuse and child abuse.


ñ Cigarra continued promoting amongst its teachers the importance of good interpersonal skills and the loving relationship with the children, the reinforcing of self-esteem and the good and open communication with the parents.


ñ In April, Cigarra celebrated Childhood Day, and in October, Child's Day with a special lunch, recreational activities and gifts.


ñ In December, the Foundation decorated its buildings and Christmas tree, and created the Manger. Our children participated in the Christmas Party organized by Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra and other friends of Cigarra and received gifts. 


Quality of Life



ñ The Foundation remodeled the house called “Cigarrita,” where the Computing Room Program began functioning.


ñ The Community Action Council invited Cigarra to attended three meetings last year to analyze the process of legalization of the neighborhood Puertas del Paraíso (Paradise Gates)


ñ This year Cigarra began the Bakery Project with the economic contribution from a British Institution and with the technical and educational support from the San Felipe Neri Foundation. In this project 30 people participated and 20 of them received their certification in December.


ñ Cigarra organized a teaching project for Computing and Information Technology to the community, where 30 people participated and received their first level certification in December.


ñ During the year, Cigarra conducted 10 Community Wardrobe and Furniture Sale (one per month) with donated clothes and furniture in excellent condition for our neighborhood community to acquire them at low cost.


ñ Many mothers paid their children low monthly fees with monthly work in our Foundation.


ñ The Foundation psychologist continued assisting children's cases as well as families and couples or whoever was in need.


ñ Cigarra organized 2 Health Working field trips to Villavicencio and Choachí with all its employees.


ñ In December, Cigarra had a special Christmas lunch with all its employees.


ñ This year, Cigarra employees attended a conference on Emergency Prevention and Care, and began working on a Contingency Plan.


2009 Report

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General Overview:

 

 

 

We started the school year in January with a change in the administration and with the change came changes in the programs that we developed over the course of the year.  

 

 

 

We increased our outreach to the general population through workshops, and increased our work with the “ Junta de Acción Communal” -Community Leaders Junta (JAC).  We changed our food suppliers and had an increase in donations of animal protein such as eggs, chicken, beef and milk.  We are specially pleased to have been able to provide the children with milk daily.

 

Our nutritionist, Dra, Cecilia Helena Montoya, came several times during the course of the year and thanks to St George’s School we now have all our students nutritional records online with private access.  Our teachers weigh and measure the students monthly to monitor their nutritional status, and spot early signs of malnutrition.

 

 

 

We continue our vaccination campaigns and this year due to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, there were informational workshops as well as a targeted vaccination campaign by the local hospital for children between the ages of 0-2.  We have increased our sanitation measures with the use of liquid soap, disposable towels and bactericidal gel.

 

 

 

In association with another NGO, Fundación Oriéntame, we began several age appropriate sex education classes and a daylong workshop with the parents, which included preventive health and family planning consultations by Profamilia.

 

 

 

This year we had 150 students, an increase from previous years, due to the continued demand.  We felt that because the changes we undertook during the year, we were able to increase our student population.

 

 

 

We increased the number of our teachers and have made our curriculum more consistent from age group to age group, with emphasis in manual arts, dance, music and theatre as we are very aware of these as vehicles of self expression and healing.  One of our new teachers is a trained musician and with experience in the arts and has been very keen to work in this area with all age groups.

 

 

 

In order to improve the workplace communications and general atmosphere we have been running monthly workshops by an outside psychologist Alfonso Tejada.  The teachers have gone out on three Teacher’s only field trips to Piscilago, Villa de Leyva and Paipa.  Two of our teachers fell in love in Cigarra, married and are expecting their first born: we wish them all the best!

 

 

 

The psychologist has been running parenting workshops on Saturdays once a month, touching on areas of discipline, physical and sexual abuse, help in learning and in general opening channels of communication between the parents and Cigarra.

 

 

 

We began work of the playground together with the parents and with the JAC, have been working to legalize the neighborhood before the government. Cigarra is based  in an area not recognized by the authorities, therefore it has no legal services such as water, sewage, electricity and paving, the lack of which makes our work difficult at times!

 

 

 

In June we participated in the 2nd Social Responsibility Fair in Corferias opened by the President of Colombia, where we were again able to show some of the work we do. We are also part of the founding NGOs of RedPan, launched September this year by Doña Hena de Calderón as a networking and policy advocate for foundations working with disenfranchised groups.  

 

 

 

We have rented a classroom and began screening adults for skills training workshops that include bread-making and the making of cleaning products.  We hope to begin these early next year together with FUMDIR and with the sponsorship of the IRT (International Refugee Trust) based in the UK.

 

 

 

 Together with the Botanic Garden José Celestino Mutis, we started a series of workshops on Urban agriculture.  Eight mothers heads of household are now participating in these activities.

 

 

 

Finally, through the work of the psychologists and Sodexho we were able to find work for some youths and hopefully in the coming year we will be able to increase the number of employed population after their training either by self employment or with employers around town.

 

 

 

 

Work with our students:

 

 

 

- Celebration of “Children’s Day” in April by going to a movie and a special luncheon.

 

- Field Trip in August to Quiba to fly kites.

 

- Field Trip in September to Simon Bolivar Park to celebrate “Sports Day.”

 

- Celebration of the final day of our September “Cultural Week” with a Break Dance performance.

 

- Celebration of Halloween with costumes, sweets and small gifts.

 

- Christmas celebration in St George’s School.

 

- Other field trips included an outing to the Tunal Library and Park.

 

- Celebration of the “Day of the Candles” in December with lanterns and candles

 

- Final day of school with dances and songs and graduation of students from preschool.

 

 

 

Work with our Parents:

 

 

 

- Parenting workshops

 

- Urban agriculture workshops

 

- Workshops on sexual education and family planning

 

- Activities with the faculty:

 

- Recreational outing to Piscilago

 

- Recreational outing to Villa de Leyva

 

- Recreational outing to Paipa

 

- Workplace environment workshops

 

- Monthly teacher’s meetings

 

- RedPan launch

 

- Participation in the Social Responsibility Fair

 

- Celebration of all birthdays, weddings and  births

 

 

Thanks to all for your support, we look forward to a New Year with great possibiliteis!


Carolyn Acosta

President and Founder,

Cigarra

2006 Report

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December 2006

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

 

 

I’d like to take advantageof this opportunity to express my hope that you all had a great holiday seasonand to wish you a very happy New Year filled with prosperity and blessings foryourselves and your families.

 

 

 

This has been a very goodyear for us in Cigarra!  Lookingback on our accomplishments for the year, I’m pleased to report that we havebeen able to grow and improve our existing programs, and have expanded intoother new areas as well.

 

 

 

Among our ongoing programs:

 

 

 

Ø  We have continued our relationship with the UBA ofParaíso (Unidad Básica de Atención) the Primary Health Unit of The ParaísoHospital. Two nurses from the local “Vista Hermosa” Hospital come monthly tovaccinate the children and keep their records current.  Among the many benefits of this programis that it reinforces among the parents the importance of proper record keepingfor their children’s heath.

 

 

 

Ø  We have established a new relationship with theDental Service of this hospital, which includes six monthly visits of dentiststo the school.

 

 

 

Ø  We continue to monitor nutritional health by havinga nutritionist review our menu on a quarterly basis, and by spottingmalnourished children through monthly charting of their height and weight.

 

 

 

Ø  Doctors without Borders continues to assist familiesin the area, though at this time, not in our facilities.  Once we have our new consulting spacewe will be able to provide them with better facilities.

 

 

 

Ø  Profamilia, the State-run family planning entity,consulted on our premises three times and attended 108 people.

 

 

 

Ø  We organized eight sales of second-hand clothing atvery low prices, open to the neighborhood. The proceeds were used to purchasesupplies for the daycare facility.

 

 

 

Ø  We continue our association with the Archdiocese’sFood Bank and their support programs. We buy our weekly groceries from them at reduced prices and participateactively in supporting the work of the many foundations that network throughthe bank in our area.

 

 

 

Ø  We continue receiving deliveries of food and schoolsupplies from The World Food Program of the UN.

 

 

 

Ø  St. George’s School has chosen us as one of theirsocial outreach programs, and provides us with food, entertainment, visits bystudents and Christmas presents for the children of the daycare andneighborhood.  Because of thisrelationship, we now have a revenue stream of monthly contributions from theparents of St. George students.

 

 

 

We are especially excitedabout several new initiatives in 2006:

 

 

 

Ø  We have created associations with severalinstitutions of higher learning, including the INCCA University, the JesuitJaveriana University and the San Buenaventura University.  In this program, final year students,studying to become Preschool Teachers, come once weekly to work with our teachersand the parents of the community. In October they established an eight-week reading club called“Lecto-loquitos” with the older students. This work formed the basis for their graduation thesis.  Reading, analyzing, discussing anddramatizing books was greatly enjoyed by the kids, and we will continuedeveloping this concept.

 

 

 

There have been some especially wonderful successesfrom this program. Diego Barrera, a psychology student from the ICCA, came tothe daycare to work with children and families at risk three times a week.  He wrote his thesis about resiliency inchildren, in the face of great poverty and violence, based on his experiencewith Cigarra children.  He willcontinue working with us this year, now as a fully-fledged psychologist.  Another student helped us withadministrative suggestions after analyzing our business model for her thesis.

 

 

 

Ø  We have expanded this year a program to encouragecontinuing education opportunities for our staff. This program includestime-off grants and tuition assistance, as well as bringing noted speakers toour facilities.

 

 

 

This year one of our teachers took a four-sessionworkshop in psycho pedagogy given by the San Buenaventura University.  We ran a 20-day workshop on childdevelopment and schooling with students of the ICCA that was taken by all ourteachers.  Our cook also receivedextra training in the correct handling of food.

 

 

 

Ø  As part of our educational outreach to the community,we held five community workshops where we taught handicrafts, home treatment ofdiarrheal disease, cooking and recycling.

 

 

 

Ø  Last—but not in any way the least—thanks to yourdonations, we will be able to begin our remodeling the first quarter of2007.  We now have thearchitectural plans ready and all the land required to expand our facilities.This will add more room for medical and psychological consultation and socialwork.  We will also have an indoorrecreational area as well as an expanded kitchen and dinning area.

 

 

 

This year will be anotheryear to further this great dream of us all at Cigarra, and because of your aidand backing we will continue to expand our programs to help this sector of ourcountry in a more integrated way.

 

 

 

Thanks again for all yoursupport.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Carolyn Acosta

President and Founder

Cigarra

 

 


2005 Report

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December 2005.

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

 

 

In this dreadful year of natural disasters and human caused calamities, I hope your life has bee free of misadventure!  I wish you all, Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with joy.

 

 

 

As I look back on what we have accomplished this year, I realize that we have done most of what we set out to do.

 

 

 

We have had no change in our staff of 15: we continue with our six teachers, two cooks, laundress, two watchmen, an accountant and a fiscal auditor, an administrator and a part time procurement officer.  With the new programs that we plan for the coming year, Andrea Garcés will come and work full time as their coordinator, as well as retaining her previous responsibilities.  We continue to sponsor 6 of our staff in their higher education studies as we encourage them all to aspire to higher accomplishments.

 

 

 

We planned to build a children’s play park this year, but as the year progressed we found that some of our neighbors were willing to sell their land and/or dwelling; this was very fortunate as one of them had intended to set up a pig farm!  This unexpected event has allowed us to purchase a sufficient area around our facilities that will help us expand our cramped quarters, ass other rooms for medical and psychological consultation and social work.  We hope to break ground this coming year, when we can secure sufficient resources.

 

 

 

This year I am especially pleased to tell you that we have had a total of 23 health brigades.   Maintaining and contributing to the proper health of the children and the community is an important aspect of the work of Cigarra.  These brigades were distributed as follows:

 

 

 

n  In March we began as association with Doctors without Borders.  They came a total of 7 times and attended 150 people.  They attend the children in our daycare that need medical attention, as well as the recently displaced families with no health coverage.  They will certainly be more comfortable in our consulting rooms!

 

n  Profamilia, the State run family planning entity, came twice and attended 80 people.

 

n  Two nurses from the local “Vista Hermosa” Hospital come monthly to vaccinate the children and keep their records current.  They visited a total of 10 times and vaccinated a total of 7 children each time.  We are very happy with this, as it requires a lot of parental education in the importance of the program and the proper keeping of their records.  We maintain a chart for every child as well.

 

n  We have established a good working partnership with the UBA of Paraíso (Unidad Básica de Atención) or the Primary Health Unit of Paraíso.  They come every 3 months and check the children’s height and weight I order to spot nutritional problems.  We also carry out these checks, as it allows us to zoom in on the children and families that are going through economic hardship, and we help them out with extra groceries and nutritional supplements.

 

n  Twice yearly we send the children to the Dental College San Martin for dental check ups and treatment.  This year 60 children were attended.

 

 

 

We continue our association with the Archdiocese’s Food Bank and their support programs.  We buy our weekly groceries from them at a reduced price and participate actively in supporting the work of the many NGOs that work in the area. Through this bank, General Motors selected us to receive their Christmas outreach program.  They arrived with presents, refreshments and entertainment and in turn, our very own choir or “Tuna” performed for them.

 

 

 

The World Food Program delivers rice, dried peas, lentils, panela, oil and Bienestarina-- a food supplement—every 45 days.  Twice this year we also received a student’s kit (consisting of copy books, pencils, colors, pens, ruler, pencil sharpener, block of paper and utility bag) for 120 children in the daycare.

 

 

 

We have established a partnership with the INCCA University in several areas:

 

 

 

n  The final year students studying to become Preschool Teachers come once weekly to work with our teachers and the parents of the community.

 

n  We have access to a psychologist of the University and several people are already using this service.

 

n  The Faculty of Jurisprudence has also offered its services.  The University has been a source for donations, puppet shows and promotion of our NGO, and we are very grateful to them and Andrea Garcés for establishing the connection.

 

 

 

This year we helped four families with housing.  We helped the community with materials to channel the sewage and make 2 step ways down the hillside.  Puertas de Paraíso is the “barrio” or neighborhood built on a steep slope and several flights of steps have been planned to act as byways.

 

 

 

Finally, we have increased the didactic material in the classrooms and succeeded in organizing a little “Tuna” or choir who sing and play maracas and tambourines.  They wear little blue capes with ribbons and performed for the first time this Holiday Season in St. George’s School, one of our biggest supporters.  We hope to encourage music in our children and this is our first step.

 

 

 

Dear donors, we know that your charitable dollars can be given to many worthy causes, we are therefore very careful in utilizing them in the best way possible.  Our board members both in the US and Colombia receive no salary, we spend no money on advertising or fundraising, as such activities have been done to date either by word of mouth or on a voluntary basis.   We are proud to inform you that 100% of the monies received go to the running of our programs.

 

 

 

Thanks again for all your support,

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Carolyn Acosta

President and Founder

Cigarra

 

 


2004 Report

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December 2004

 

 

Dear Donors,

 

 

 

I take the opportunity to wish you and your families all the best for the coming year.  May it be filled with joys, challenges and the fulfillment of hopes and dreams cherished and long desired.

 

 

 

All told, Cigarra has had a good year, despite some ups and downs.

 

 

 

With your generous help we were able to increase the numbers of children attending our daycare from 110-120.  This is the maximum we can help without compromising the quality of care.

 

 

 

We have five student groups:

 

 

 

n  The first group of infants, “Semillitas,” little seeds in Spanish, range in ages form 3 months to 2 years; there are 15 in total.  When they become toilet trained they move to the next group.  We have two teachers in this room, María and Daniela, mothers both.

 

n  The next group, “Angelitos,” little angels, are 2 and 3 years old; we have 25 in total.  Amparo, just this year completed her studies for a degree in Portland, thanks to the support of one of our biggest donors, St George’s School.

 

n  The 3 and 4 year olds, also 25 in number, are our “Tigrillos,” little tigers.  They are taught by Jaqueline who has a degree in Preschool.   She is a gifted music teachers and member of a group that performs typical Colombian music.  She rotates to the other clasees to teach music and dance.  In time we hope to form a little”Tuna,” or choral ensemble with the two older groups.

 

n  Marcela teaches the twenty-five, 4 to 5 year olds, “Fruticas,” our little fruits.  She received her degree in Preschool this past month, having been sponsored by Cigarra.  When these children graduate from our preschool, we endeavor to place them all in the local schools in the surrounding area.

 

n  Our fifth group is made of children ages 6 to 12 who attend school either in the morning or the afternoon.  Cigarra cares for 15 children in the morning by providing breakfast and lunch, and then leave for school.  In the afternoon we receive another 15 children who have already attended school in the morning.  They receive lunch and a snack and leave at 4pm.  All are given help with their homework and are taught music, dance and art.   This class the, “San Jorge,” are taught by Patricia, who has just finished her degree as a Preschool teacher.

 

 

 

In Cigarra, self-improvement is our credo.  Just as we stress its virtues to our children, so too we encourage staff to seek better opportunities, emphasizing the value of pursuing a higher education.  Toward this end we offer them direct sponsoring or assistance finding sponsors outside of Cigarra.

 

 

 

Gladys and Jaimey, mother and daughter attend our kitchen.  They prepare breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks for 120 children plus staff!  It’s a remarkable endeavor and we are fortunate to have them, always too in good spirits.

 

 

 

Staff also includes Esther Julia, in charge of the laundry, and two watchmen, Misael and Servio Julio for night, weekend and holiday watch.

 

 

 

Claudia Mejía, our new administrator since September, ahs found her life’s calling and is very happy with us.  Andrea Garcés works part time, scouting out donations, organizing sponsorship programs and other aid such as the WFP for the United Nations.

 

 

 

We are indeed lucky to be included in the United Nations World Food Program.  Starting August we have been receiving monthly such food items as cooking oil, panela (brown sugar blocks), dried peas and Bienestarina (a food supplement), which as required we distribute to needy families.  Of course, since our inception, Cigarra has been distributing food to our families.

 

 

 

Thanks to the ABCC group (Association of British Colombian Charities) we were able to acquire a plot of land.  With the help of an anonymous donor, earlier this year we bought the adjacent lo and now own most of the land needed to build a playground where the children can play.  With the assistance of yet another donor, two more plots will be purchased shortly.  We can’t wait to see this dream fulfilled!

 

 

 

On May of this year we bought a small house close to the day care center.  We plan to use it as a multipurpose room.  After we remodel the place, we will have an indoor play area for the children on rainy days and will also have some office room for a social worker to provide individual and community support services.  This program will be developed in partnership with Servivienda.

 

 

 

This year Cigarra, in association with Servivienda, a non-for-profit organization that builds low-income housing, has been able to help 10 families to buy their home.  Although it is not Cigarra’s policy to aid in the construction of unstable houses, due to the appalling living conditions of 2 families, we helped them with materials for their shanty dwellings.  Recently there has been an increase in families arriving to the neighborhood from the countryside.  The Government has been removing armed groups from areas they previously controlled; consequently, insurgents are displacing families in the wake of the evacuation and we are now in the active process of helping 5 new families with building and buying a home.

 

 

 

Our primary medical program has fallen short of expectation due to problems with the previous administrator.  We now have a new person and guidelines.  We trust this will bring the program in line with the goals we have set for the coming year: dental checkups every 6 months; vaccination brigades every 3 months and primary health and family planning every 2-3 months.

 

 

 

Cigarra also participates in some other projects.  It belongs to a network of non-profits that work in Ciudad Bolivar, and has outreach programs with this network and other NGOs citywide.  We have been able to cut our food purchasing costs subsequently by buying our food from the Catholic Food Bank, and we also participate in some of their programs.

 

 

 

In summary, our projects for 2005 are: purchasing of the remaining land necessary for building the playground for Cigarra’s children and community; remodeling the new house to be used as a multipurpose room; continuing to provide aid for housing and community improvement, and finally, continuing and expanding our primary health services.

 

 

 

Our heartfelt thanks again to all who have helped and believed in our work.  Yu validate what we do and encourage us to continue.

 

 

 

Carolyn Acosta

President and Founder

Cigarra

 



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