We are having fun at one of our recent beach cleanings..
Our main goal at CasaMilagro is to give children access to education and a proper nutrition, and a playful, safe environment. In addition, we want them to develop strong social skills in order to become resilient, self-confident children.
Below are some of our recent activities:
We ran a photo project in which the kids learned how to use a camera and prepared a small public exhibition. We provide a wide range of creative activities for the children: painting T-shirts, singing, playing recorders and other musical instruments, sewing clothes for dolls, making necklaces, and performing a short theatre play for the parents in January – just to name a few
With all these creative activities, and with our support, the children experience what they are already capable of – strength and self-confidence. The activities are a great way to develop social skills because they share knowledge, materials, work space, and interact in a group environment.
Although the children come from strenuous living situations, we can see their positive improvements everyday. We play very important roles in their lives especially for those who don`t have the opportunity to go to the Caracol (Waldorf school)!
We are so happy that we can already provide all of this to our children and thank YOU for your support!
New volounteers arrived at Casa Milagro! We are Angi (22) from Switzerland and Hanna (19) and Dani (22) from Germany. Angi and I are studying Social Work, and we do an internship here. Hanna was interested in doing some volunteer work after finishing school. We all are staying for a few months at the Lake and really enjoy to be involved at Casa Milagro.
For example we give some English classes to the children. Also we offer handicrafts and playing music. With the women of Casa Milagro we’re making handicrafts too – lovely little bead work they call mostacillas. We really would like to learn how to do it as terrific as the women. We are trying to help them with writing and maths as well.
We’re looking forward to what comes next because there is always something new to experience here at Casa Milagro!
Casa Milagro is looking for a practical volunteer who can help with contruction, gardening, soil work and building. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Thilda by email at email@example.com or call us at (+502)4571-0053 .
DEAR FRIENDS OF CASA MILAGRO!
BEST WISHES FOR THE YEAR 2015! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 22nd YEAR FULL OF NEW ADVENTURES, FRUITFUL AND RICH! THE MOST EXCITING NEWS WAS AND IS THE NEW CONTACT TO ESCUELA CARACOL, A RUDOLPH STEINER-WALDORF SCHOOL IN S.MARCOS LA LAGUNA, HERE AT LAKE ATITLAN.
ESCUELA CARACOL IS A WONDERFUL APPROACH TO REACH LOCAL FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN AS WELL AS FOREIGNERS. THEY EXIST ALREADY FOR 7 YEARS, STARTED WITH JUST 5 CHILDREN, NOW IT IS ABOUT 60. OUR IMPRESSION IS THAT OF A GARDEN IN WHICH LEARNING AND TEACHING AND COMMUNITY TAKES PLACE. IT IS AN ENVIRONMENT OF JOY AND WARMTH AND SUPPORT FOR ALL.
WE STARTET TO SEND JUST FOUR CHILDREN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, IT IS A LOT OF WORK, THEY HAVE TO BE BROUGHT OVER BY ONE ADULT EACH MORNING (THILDA DOES THE FRIDAYS AND STAYS FOR LEARNING) AND TO BE PICKED UP AGAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. SURPRISINGLY WELL IT ALL WENT, BUT EXPENSIVE FOR US AS A TINY PROJECT. THE CHILDREN HAVE SCHOLARSHIP, FAMILIES JUST PAY A SHARE FOR THE GREAT TWO MEALS A DAY. WE ALREADY SEE WONDROUS CHANGES HAPPENING AND ARE VERY GRATEFUL AND WANT TO CONTINUE WITH MORE CHILDREN. HOPING FOR YOUR HELP FOR THE EXPENSIVE BOAT RIDES, ABOUT 200 Q (25$) A MONTH PER CHILD.
ANOTHER SURPRISE AND BLESSING IS THAT WE WILL BE THE ONE-YEAR-PROJECT- 2015 OF THE GERMAN LUTHERAN CHURCH IN GUATEMALA-CITY.
Pastor Markus Boettcher of German Lutheran Church
WE ARE ALREADY MAKING PLANS FOR RENOVATIONS, IMPROVEMENTS, ETC. AN ANEXO BUILDING AND FOR SURE A PLAYGROUND UNIT AND GARDEN FOR THE CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHERS. AND WE HOPE TO TRAIN A YOUNG WOMEN TO BECOME A WALDORF-KINDERGARDEN-TEACHER FOR THE VERY YOUNG ONES WE CAN’T SEND TO S.MARCOS BUT PREPARE FOR THEIR 1st GRADE AT CARACOL.
PLEASE! IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER WITH IDEAS OR EVEN WITH THEIR HANDS TO BUILD THE PLAYGROUND, WE WILL BE SUPER GRATEFUL! ALSO, IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCES WITH GOOD STORES FOR CHILDREN’S LEARNING MATERIAL AND ALL AROUND THAT, LET US KNOW!
AS USUAL WE HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVENT, HERE ARE SOME IMPRESSIONS. OUR WISH-LIST FOR 2015…..MORE VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORSHIPS FOR SENIORS (WE CONTINUE THE PROGRAM FOR SENIOR WIDOWS AND VERY OLD COUPLES) AND CHILDREN, HELP WITH OUR BUILDING AND GARDENING, USED BOOKS, MATERIAL, CLOTH FOR CHILDREN AND WHATEVER YOU COULD IMAGINE WOULD BE GOOD FOR US! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!
WITH ALL OUR GRATITUDE – THILDA ZORN AND MOTHERS, CHILDREN AND SENIORS OF CASA MILAGRO
Dear Friends of ¨Casa Milagro¨!!!