Sofia Alejandra is enjoying her first year at the Center in 2 year old pre-school. She will turn 3 next year in January! Sofia lives with her mom and is an only child. She loves to dance and paint. One thing she is learning how to do this year is share her toys. Sofia is observant and helpful in the classroom.
For the last two and a half years, we have had the privilege of learning from and working with Glendy Chacón Montalvo. Glendy has many attributes that inspire others around her – she is a warm and friendly person who always offers, very generously, to go above and beyond to assist someone in need of help or take care of an issue. She is extremely dedicated to the needs of her son, husband, and extended family.
Our #WomenWednesdays feature article is on Karen Chacón Montalvo. Karen joined the Women’s Empowerment Project in 2016 after her sister Glendy, a second year participant, encouraged her to become involved. Karen and Glendy work together selling fruits and vegetables in the San Ramón community. Their mom and other sister, Gladys, work a different route. It’s truly a family affair! They purchase their inventory at the central market, divide up the items, and walk door to door.
#MeetMeMonday this week has the pleasure of introducing you to Janis Hallie, a very smart 6-year-old who will be graduating from the Center this year! Janis recently had the starring role in the “Playing with the Animals” Festival as she narrated– from memory!– the under water story performed as a puppet show.
This #MeetMeMonday we are introducing you to Sara Elizabeth, who has been enjoying her first year at the Center in 4 year old Pre-K. She is currently living with her mom and dad, and has two siblings. Her younger brother, Saul (2), is also at the Center in the youngest classroom of kids.
Music. Story time. Dancing. Naps. It’s that time to learn letters and sounds, colors and shapes, numbers and counting, and of course, how to socialize, share, and make new friends. From an adult’s perspective, it sounds like an idyllic return to all the good and simple things in life.
We’d like to introduce you today to Elsa Solís. Elsa is a second year participant in Programa Velasco’s Women’s Empowerment Project (WEP). She lives in a rented room with her teenage daughter, and from there she operates a business selling fresh fruit chopped up as snacks and producing typical Salvadoran foods such as empanadas and frozen jello-treats, which are very refreshing for El Salvador’s hot weather. After preparing for the day, Elsa sets out in the morning to sell her delicacies door-to-door in her neighborhood. Some of her best clients are the mechanics that work in auto-body shops throughout San Ramón.
There is often a lot of confusion between microcredit and savings and lending groups. The terms seem as if they offer the same approach to providing very low-income individuals with access to credit. Yet there are some key differences about leadership and savings expectations. We are in the process of helping facilitate a savings and lending group with some of our Women’s Empowerment Project graduates. They have named their group the New Dawn Women’s Collective (logo pictured to the left).
We have referenced how influential and foundational early childhood development is in a person’s life. Childhood is a time when our brains are most apt to learn and develop. If a child’s environment is nurturing and supportive, a child can achieve great strides in language acquisition, social-emotional skills and problem-solving abilities. This period in life is also when adverse or traumatic experiences severely impact physical health later in life. For these reasons and others, childhood is a crucial time for society to ensure children and families have access to high quality development and education programs. Another value-added is that financially speaking, such programs and interventions are one of the best investments society can make.
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