Reading Children’s Books to Poor Kids at Barrio 14 de Octubre, El Peñón (Cumaná).
Greetings, dear Uloggers and Steemians
Yesterday, we materialized an activity that has been in the making for some time now. We were going to do this last weekend, but due to the looting of what used to be my office, I had to postpone it. I have to thank my student, now colleague, Yeny Gonzalez (right) for giving me the inspiration to plan this activity. She just got her Bachelor's Degree diploma on Thursday, but she has been working on poor communities for a while. It was after seeing some images of her recreational and educational projects that I decided to propose a joint experiment to take children's books to one of the thousands of enpoverished communities of our town.
As we anticipated, not only did these children lack books at home, they were eager to have some. Ironically, this community is one of the many neighborhoods whose inhabitants gave all their hopes and support to a revolution that ended up confining them to poverty and ostracism.
"Here are the ones who love this free, chavista, and bolivarian mother land. Carrying on with the legacy of commander Chavez"
This is a considerably big barrio, all the houses look like these ones. No pavement. No basic public utilities.
Yeny, who has already worked in this community, arranged a meeting at one of the houses and she, along with her friend, Rosangela, who is only 15 and was our official photographer, took care of all the logistics and snacks.
Karismar Noriega, another student of mine, now colleague, also graduated on Thursday, a great collaborator who has been working on projects of her own. She deserves a separate post to show the world how big her heart is.
These are some of the kids that we found in this community.
Looking at these faces it is easy to forget about your problems and think about how you can contribute to feeding these kids' dreams and aspirations.
I let the experts in recreation do their tricks and have the kids activated.
They were sports. The little one stole our hearts.
It was my time to present some children's books. I asked them whether they liked books or not. They all said yes, but they also told us they do not have any books at home. They were surely ready for some stories.
I started with a puppet book about a naughty monkey who threw banana peels to all animals that crossed his path.
Then I read some fun poems from Chamario by Eugenio Montejo (a.k.a Eduardo Polo)
I was gladly surprised at these children's sagacity with language. They got the puns, the word play, all the fun Montejo offers in his hillarious children poetry.
Time for them to read.
This kid surprised us all with his fluent and fun reading of El conejo mentiroso.
This was Maruja Casanova's adaptation of a Warao trickster tale.
We were so pleased with their involvement, their anticipation to the plot's twists and turns. It was a blast!
We asked them to draw and color whatever they wanted from any of the stories read thus far. We gave them paper and color pencils.
Even the boys were excited
And the big girls
The tiny ones worked the hardest
The beautiful results
We read some more
And at the end I gave all those books away. I did not anticipate such a wonderful turnout, so I ended up owing books to some of the attendees. I will take some more books next week and plan a followup with the books they took home.
Yeny took care of the snacks. She and her parents have been developing a bakery business at home and are generous enough to share with those in need.
They were enjoying every second of this.
We wrapped up the reading session and promissed to come back for more
My wife and daughter gave up some of their beloved books and even dolls and other toys to give these children an extra smile!
These children truly deserve a better future. They belong to a generation that was promised a lot and little was delivered to them. They deserve to dream and their dreams deserve to come true. The social and moral debt the Venezuelan government has with these kids is high, but it can still be paid. Change cannot and should not wait any longer.
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