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  • Writer's picturetimothy martiny

Transforming Lives of Vulnerable Children: A Month of Growth and Learning

This month at the Fundaninos orphanage, our cooking classes, independence program, and vocational training shape young lives. Sharie's cooking classes are fun and educational, from making Oreo Truffle Pops for a surprise to competing in a pasta cook-off. The new Independence Program guides older kids towards self-sufficiency, teaching them essential life skills like budgeting and meal planning. Meanwhile, woodworking and engineering classes showcase the children's craftsmanship, and our after-school programs in Colonia Santa Fe are making significant progress with the nearly 80 students enrolled. Here's a glimpse into the transformative activities we did.

Cooking Classes

Sharie made Oreo Truffle Pops with some of the older kids at Fundaninos during a cooking class. They prepared them for a surprise wedding shower/celebration for Paola and Luis, two of the Fundaninos staff we work with. Each student came up with their own design and completed the implementation independently.

We also had a little cook-off for pasta night one week. I divided the class into three teams, and each one had to choose a pasta and sauce to make. Every student also had to prepare their own focaccia bread. They did an amazing job, and the children loved being able to choose their dish as they came through the food line at dinner that night.

Independence Program at Fundaninos

A short while ago, we were able to help launch the "Independence program" at the orphanage Fundaninos. The objective is to assist the children as they age out of the orphanage and work with them as they learn how to transition out of the home and live productive, independent lives.

This year, we have two students in the third phase of the program. I, Sharie, have had the blessing and honor of being personally involved with them, making meal plans and recipes, shopping lists, and then taking them out to make price comparisons in the different grocery stores and markets to help them stay within a budget. It was fun! I love these girls!

Woodworking and Engineering

In our woodworking and Engineering classes at the orphanage Fundaninos, the kids continue to amaze with the quality, beauty, and craftsmanship of the pens, bracelets, cutting boards, and crafts they make.

Vocational Educational Training Center

Classes and tutoring have continued to progress for the almost 80 students who attend our classes at our vocational training center. We are continually impressed with the dedication, studiousness, and hunger for learning these children demonstrate. Thank you to all those who helped make this program possible.

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