the resurgence of hope



Posted by cigarra-eng on July 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM




 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


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.



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.



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.

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