Star of the Reading Program

Lindsay Santivañez Reyes just completed Level 10 of our reading program. The structure of our reading program is that children complete reading cards, where they receive stickers for reading books. Each card has a level from 1-10, level 1 having the easiest books and level 10 having the hardest. No kid had completed level 10 until now. Lindsay is the first kid to do so on April 12th this year!  Lindsay is a star LLI student in all of our classes, and she has been in our program since March 2014. We are so proud of her for working so hard to achieve level 10 in reading class!

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Recycled Paper Art Project

The participants in our Women’s program spent an evening learning to make recycled paper projects. This must be one of the most engaging classes ever :) Looking for an interesting Earth Day project? Try making little notepads, notebooks or journals, from recycled paper, with your kids, friends or class. Instructions at the bottom!

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If you wish to make recycled paper art, here’s What You’ll Need:

Waste paper (almost anything will work – just avoid glossy paper like magazines)
A blender or food processor
An old picture frame
Mesh or screen (can be found at a craft store)
Felt, cloth or sponge
A rectangular bin to hold water (a 13” x 9” pan would also work)
Decorations like dried flowers, confetti or seeds (optional)

Main Steps:

1. Tear the paper into small pieces and put into a blender with warm water. Blend until the mixture becomes a fairly smooth pulp.

2. Assemble your “mold”; attach your screen to your frame using duck tape, staples or any other method that will keep the screen affixed to the frame’s edges.

3. Pour the pulp into your bin or pan, then sink the mold into the water mixture. Pull the mold up, and pulp should cover the screen. At this point, you can add decorations. You can even add seeds to make plantable paper. Be sure to add a little more pulp to cover the decorations so they adhere to the paper.

4. Use a cloth or sponge to press out excess water. Now you need to let the paper dry. You can let it dry on the screen, you can flip the mold over and let your paper dry on another surface, or you can press a cloth into the mold so the paper adheres to it and can dry on the cloth. Any of these options should work. Just be sure to let your paper dry for a day or so.

Instructions courtesy:

Professional Development Workshop for Volunteers

At LLI, we invest time in the training and development of our team members and help provide our volunteers with key transferable skills that they could utilize professionally and personally post their LLI experience.     

Our pilot workshop was around the art of giving and receiving feedback where our volunteers discussed and challenged themselves on how to give effective feedback. By realizing and practicing the different approaches and mechanisms to giving and receiving feedback, whether positive or constructive, vertically or laterally, we are working towards creating a more cohesive team environment that ultimately improves the way we deliver learning in our classrooms and the impact we have on the performance of the children we work with.




Dreamcatcher Art Project

In the recent art class in Zone S the kids learned about the significance of dreamcatcher to the Native American people and crafted their own dream catchers with foam plates, threads, beads and feathers.

The Dream catchers are traditionally hung by the window or the head of the bed. Good dreams know the way through the hole in the center of the dreamcatcher whereas the bad dreams get tangled in the web. The prayer beads trap all the bad dreams that are left on the web and perish with the first light of day.

Did you know that the hoop is a symbol of strength and unity? Now all the the kids in Zone S know about it :)

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New Math Program!!

Yesterday we started our new math program. It’s homework help sessions we hold Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and the teachers are Carlos Cruz (our own volunteer) and two local Peruvian professionals, Jose Saenz and Carlos Huarcaya. At parent events there was a lot of interest in the math program, and a lot of parents signed up. The first class went really well and kids got some of their homework done while building on previously learned math concepts!

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Ten Thousand Classes Offered!!

Today we are feeling humble and grateful to announce that LLI has become 10,000 classes‬ old. Yes! we’ve offered that many classes and it wasn’t possible without you all!! A grandiose thanks to all our volunteers‬ and‪ donors‬.

Wish to join us in our stride to the next milestone? We have 3 positions available! Opportunities to teach English, Reading*, Chess, Math* and Sports are all available.
*Intermediate Spanish required.

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Artisan of the month: Nelida

Nelida is our dedicated program participant and one of our long time artisans. In a barren city like Huaycan the sources of income are feeble. But fighting all odds she’s been a source of humble earnings, motivation and confidence for her family. Her children Maria Cristina, Enderson, Jefferson are all LLI participants. While Maria Christina is one of the most active students in our English class, her brothers are the masters of the soccer on the field. Grandmother is Alejandra, also a program participant always willing to help to keep the family tight and floating, whatever the circumstances.

artisancloseup artisancloseup2 artisancloseup3artisancloseup4Our Women’s Program helps the women artisan like Nelida and Alejandra to earn a respectable living by providing them with education on finance, computer, and resources to learn new crafts and sell their handicrafts outside of Huaycan and in the US at handicraft fairs.

We have a humble request to anyone with a used iPad in good shape that they are no longer using and are willing to donate. Our artisan program will benefit tremendously with this device. It’s essential to our success with the P.O.S. (Point of Sale) system. We need something that is easy to use, easy to transport from the store to Huaycan or the U.S., and Vend, the P.O.S. system we will be using, works great with the iPad. Thank you for your offering!

LLI Gala Sponsor: Unearth The World

We are sending a great big hug to Unearth The World for sponsoring LLI GALA on April 18th!!
In case you don’t know, Unearth the World is a social enterprise that promotes service-learning by pairing volunteers with international‬‪ nonprofits‬. It was created in 2012 when Mike and Kathryn, a married couple from Chicago‬ decided to give up our corporate jobs for a year of travel and ‪‎volunteer‬ work. Check the out, seriously. They are every bit inspirational‬!
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