Over the last two weeks, LLI ran two special workshops that generated lots of interest and excitement throughout our community. We had a Science Workshop for the kids run by our energetic volunteers, Caislin and Avan. While our Women’s Program Manager, Naomi has been busy organizing the Nutrition Workshops for the women. Both workshops were great successes!

Caislin and Avan are now back in Maryland for another semester of college, and we already miss their enthusiastic and cheery faces! They organized and conducted four workshops in Zone D, Zone Z 232, Zone Z Los Alamos, and Zone S. Although they had a general plan for the workshop, Caislin and Avan did a great job of improvising and adapting the workshop to the specific interests and individual group dynamics.

Avan and Caislin leading their Ecology Workshop in Zone D
Avan and Caislin leading their Ecology Workshop in Zone D

Caislin and Avan began each workshop by getting students excited to talk about animals! The girls came up with an engaging worksheet that they used to walk the students through the different habitats, predator-prey relationships, food chains, and types of animals. The students were then able to demonstrate how much they had learned in the different games played during the second half of the workshops. Jeopardy was a big hit, but the kids also loved organizing animal flashcards into correct food chains and guessing the eating habits of different animals. Caislin and Avan added the perfect dose of healthy competition to really get the kids’ minds whirling while having a great time.

Nutrition Workshop needed the classroom and the Biblioteca students were more than happy to take the opportunity to read outside. Women wait (top left) for their individual assessments.
Nutrition Workshop needed the classroom and the Biblioteca students were more than happy to take the opportunity to read outside. Women wait (top left) for their individual assessments.

Superwoman Naomi also had her hands full organizing the Nutrition Workshops for the women of Zone Z 232! LLI connected with Nutrition Studies students from the Universidad Peruana Union who have volunteered to conduct the Nutrition Workshops. The first workshop was attended by more than 15 women who all came with tons of questions on how they could better care for their family’s health. The students were happy to answer their questions, and also provided the women with a thorough introduction to good nutrition. Even more women, many of whom were new to LLI programs, attended the second workshop. For this workshop, the students brought equipment to measure and weigh the women and their children. When we all meet again for the third workshop coming up next week, the nutrition students will have processed the data in order to consult individually with each woman. Overall, the workshop generated lots of interest among the women in Zone Z 232, and ended up being extremely successful.

More women wait outside while individual health assessments are conducted inside
More women wait outside while individual health assessments are conducted inside

The organization and successful execution of a workshop is hard work, but our volunteers have done an incredible job these last two weeks. Now we are gearing up for the three-week long Sculpture Art Workshop headed by our talented volunteer, Lindsey Lam.

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