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Taking the bus in El Salvador

 

For the last two weeks we’ve talked about some of the broad basics regarding our scholarship families’ social and economic situation. This week we’d like to discuss one particular aspect of life in El Salvador that affects nearly all Salvadorans: public transportation.

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Living on $273.91 a month

Last week we talked about some of the basic demographics of the families we support through Programa Velasco. In this post, we’ll focus on a few of the statistics we mentioned about families’ incomes and what a typical month of expenses looks like. Can you imagine living your life on $273.91 a month?

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30 million words

By the time a child living in poverty turns 4 years old, she/he will have heard 30 million fewer words than more affluent peers. This was the finding from research conducted over 20 years ago, yet is getting more attention through Dr. Dana Suskind, a University of Chicago pediatric surgeon who is trying to close the ‘word gap’ through her work with the Thirty Million Words project.

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Getting OUT of the City to Take a Look INside

At the end of June, the participants in the WEP went up into one of the hills surrounding San Salvador for a retreat.   We turned off our cell phones to tune into the peace and tranquility of the natural world. This retreat offered the women the opportunity to reflect individually and collectively on their inner-selves and their inter-personal relationships.

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Welcome Allison and Monet!

Allison Ramirez joins us as Programa Velasco’s new In-Country Director in El Salvador. She previously worked with another non-profit in El Salvador where she served as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for a violence prevention program. 

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Thank You Erica!

We are so grateful for Erica, her companionship, committment, and joy that she has shared with Programa Velasco and ANADES over the last two years. Programa Velasco is a more professional and sustainable organization due to Erica’s project implementation and management skills, innovative ideas, and generous spirit.

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Parent Meeting with a Twist

Parents build a retaining wall in a forested area near the center to prevent a landslide.Each month, the child development center hosts a parent meeting or Escuela Familiar to discuss a variety of topics related to early childhood education, family development, and social-emotional learning. During this month’s particular meeting, the purpose was related but with a twist – a cleaning session of a forested area adjacent to the playground and the center.

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Thank You Page

On Behalf of the  Programa Velasco Community, Thank You, for Your Generous Donation!  If you do not receive an email receipt in the next few

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RSVP

Please join us for a fundraiser benefiting the Betty Jane Boyd Scholarship Fund Downtown Downers Grove businesses will host GIRLS NIGHT OUT and will donate a portion of

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Field Trip to the Zoo

On July 16th, the children came to school with sneakers and name tags on and with a water bottle and snack placed in their backpacks, ready for the field trip to the zoo. They had been spending the last several weeks learning about a variety of wild animals, and now they were going to have a chance to see those animals in person!

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