Years working with communities, teachers, children families and neighborhoods have strengthened the Alda Commitment and have encouraged us to introduce an initiative with the support of the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), assisting about 1.100 families of children sponsored by the Limpio Sur Program with food and cleaning kits.
The solidary look towards the reality of our communities, has been the fuel of three days of intense work of the Fundación Alda’s team to make the deliveries to the families from the schools Juan de Salazar and Divino Niño Jesús of Colonia Juan de Salazar, schools San Vicente de Paul de Mbayue, Inmaculada Concepción de María, of Aguapey y San Isidro Labrador of Montaña Alta.
The support from local referents, representatives of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare , as well as of the National Police Department and the Volunteer Fire Brigade , has been fundamental to reach all the families in this active and uninterrupted work which had the assistance of Dr. Belén Ramírez on biosecurity matters.
Teachers from Elementary School No. 7591 “Pabla Ferreira” in Limpio, led by their director, Carlos Ramon Lopez Alfonzo, established the modality of student accompaniment from the San Miguel FM community radio. The radio station gave space to give classes to the students of this institution, which belongs to the Alda School Network. Based on the need to regain the contact that teachers must have with their students and at the same time develop content, proposals and activities that allow students to remain active, radio broadcasts have been programmed from Monday to Friday at pre-established times. The accompaniment of students in radio mode focuses not only on the content available on the platform Tu escuela en casa (Your School at Home) by the Ministry of Education and Science ; but also on the planning of each teacher’s activities for the school year. The spaces within the community radio facilitate the close contact between children and their teachers, clarifying tasks, prompts and doubts through calls and Whatsapp messages answered during the daily program, which children and teachers of the Pabla Ferreira School recognize today as “Your school at home through the radio”
The work and debate around childhood, adolescence and the protection of rights has found its virtual space to move forward from the various civil organizations and the official sector. In the search for solutions, the exchange of ideas and the presentation of proposals seek to nourish and expand contingency plans. The main objective is to guarantee the protection of children’s rights during the quarantine period that will prevent their return as wells as adolescents and young people to educational institutions this year. The virtual meetings are held periodically among citizens, as well as with education specialists from our country, analyzing the challenges of education in times of emergency by COVID-19 and the activation of the system of protection of children and adolescents, in coordination with the health, education and justice systems.
The interview held with social workers Dolly Vázquez and Juan Duarte, collaborators of projects by Fundación Alda; got space in Radio la R800 of Modulated Amplitude during the month of April. In it, an interesting analysis was given around the culture of solidarity and community leadership, instilled as part of the work in the communities, which today is reflected in examples of solidarity towards the citizens, through initiatives such as ollas populares (cooking in big pans and others). “Alda proposes the strengthening of the communities, to achieve that they recognize themselves as a community, in the first place, and then to begin to identify those fundamental needs and to work on them, in pursuit of the well-being of their members”, indicates one of the interviewees during the note, describing how these new ideas allow communities affected by the scarce labor activity and the hard economic moment that this implies; to confront the situation of quarantine from another perspective.
These popular initiatives are sign of community empowerment and constitute the most visible product of the systematic team work in vulnerable communities and social territories. The awareness of rights, organizational capacity and leadership around basic needs, in this case covered by means of self-sustainable activities, are today emblems of an effort of years to reach these communities with the Alda Commitment.
Teacher’s Day, during the situation of social distancing and quarantine, has found children and adolescents far from their teachers. For this reason, several children and young people from different schools and communities linked to Alda’s projects, have sent messages, hugs and greetings through home-made videos, which together made up an emotional audiovisual material loaded with affection and gentleness, entertaining the teachers on their day. The words of nostalgia and encouragement from children and teenagers, certainly strengthen their beloved “teach” in this great challenge they face, working in new modalities, in search of meaningful learning from distance.