Setting up a Little Library… On Books and Treasures

Do you remember the saying that we so often like to quote? “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” Our Foundation’s Literacy Mascots take it quite literally, and for the last few years they try to bring books to as many children as they can, personally. They bring books to families they meet, to orphans they visit, they speak about reading and excitement…

Bringing Literacy, Education and Encouragement to Baja California

It has been always our desire to help local literacy and educational projects in California. Technically Baja California is part of California region, and being a part of Mexico, there are many needy families and children we were able to reach there. One of the places EEECF visited regularly is an Orphanage and Foster Care center, where we assisted with setting up a literacy and educational facilities. Over the last few years we worked  with the number of caregivers and volunteers there,  and assisted children…

Collaboration with GVI Mexico at * Save the Children * Center in Playa Del Carmen

Save The Children figures indicate that 95% of children suffer from some type of aggression, 70% in Quintana Roo suffer abandonment, 43% of children between 6 and 17 know a gang member, and 25% have seen drugs or know another child that sells them. Save the Children presence ensures that children who have been affected by abuse, abandonment or the drugs trade will have the support that they need to stay safe should they come into contact with these threats in the future.This project is…

Bringing English Instructions to Vulnerable Children in Quintana Roo, collaboration with Global Vision International

Global Vision International (GVI) and LLI-Mexico (EEECF Chapter in Mexico) collaborated together to provide an English education for Save The Children *Ludoteca* Center(s) in Playa del Carmen. GVI Mexico  signed an  MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with LLI-Mexico  to help grow our literacy initiative in providing our most vulnerable  children in the state of Quintana Roo, a chance to an English education. GVI Mexico has already started an English program at the*Ludoteca* center, offering children handmade teacher created materials and lessons. In January 2015, GVI’s volunteers began…

Vocabulary Bingo at the DIF School. An excellent way to review Little Reader vocabulary!

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project in Mexico The students at the DIF school where KKIS volunteers are now working spent a day playing Bingo with their vocabulary words this week. It is an excllent way to review vocabulary! We printed Bingo cards with 25 words they have learned from daily use of the English language Curriculum  by Brillkids called Little Reader, which is a part of a Scholarship by EEECF through LLI-Mexico. The volunteers held larger images representing the words and called them out one at a…

Rainy Day class at DIF School – KKIS Project

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project in Mexico Rain has been falling heavily for days now in Playa del Carmen but the KKIS volunteers are still coming to help with our literacy and English programs. We arrived at school on Tuesday only to discover that the government had cancelled all school classes for the day. About 15 students had showed up anyway so we spent time in very small groups which was much less noisy and the kids got more of our attention. We started with conversation: Hello,…

Learning Parts of the Face at DIF School

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project in Mexico This week the volunteers reviewed the parts of the face vocabulary which the kids had learned with their English language Curriculum and computer program called Little Reader, which is a part of a Scholarship by EEECF through LLI-Mexico . Most of the students were on a field trip so the class was much smaller and quieter than usual. We gave each child a white board and marker and had them write and rewrite the…

Volunteers in DIF school classroom

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project of Little Learner Initiative – Mexico After two weeks of attending the DIF school everyday to teach the children how to use the English language Curriculum and computer program  by Brillkids called Little Reader, which is a part of a Scholarship by EEECF through LLI-Mexico, a larger group of volunteers began speaking with the kids in small groups two days a week. Each volunteer had between 6 and 10 students grouped around one end of a…

Learning Body Parts with Puzzle and Little Reader: a Hit at DIF School!

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project, coordinated by LLI-Mexico We received several bags of school supplies last month. Among the treasures was a puzzle of Body Parts, just two pieces for each part – one with a picture and the other with the word – that fit together. The students have been studying facial features in the English and Literacy program donated by Brillkids called Little Reader, so I decided to give this a try yesterday. The photos show that it was…

Students independently learning English with KKIS computers

Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project in Mexico, coordinated by LLI-Mexico Today was the first day that KKIS volunteers did not work with the children at the DIF School with the computer-based BrillKids English language curriculum Little Reader, donated by EEECF through LLI-Mexico. We have gone every morning, set up the computers and sat with two kids at time teaching them to use the system. Yesterday we explained to Lupita, the supervising teacher, that we would not come again until Tuesday when…