Mi Mañana´s third task was to build a “Friendship House” for the children and their relatives.

The “Friendship House” was opened with great success in June 2001. It is situated above the harbour next to the church.

ImageThe “Friendship House” is a meeting place for the children and their relatives. The children are also able to do their homework there. A consulting room and an examination room for doctors from Posorja, who help us for free, are also located in the house. The women of Posorja are able to use sewing machines there and there are also showers and laundry rooms as well as sufficient toilets.

The “Friendship House” contains a large room for the kindergarten. Attending kindergarten for at least a few hours a day gives the children´s lives a certain amount of structure and is good preparation for school. In future we would like to provide the kindergarten children with a healthy midday meal.
The Kindergarten

The Kindergarten in the Friendship House

 

In June 2002 a kindergarten was opened in the Friendship House. The large room in the Friendship House is used in the mornings as a day care centre. For 5 hours each morning 25 children aged from 3 to 5 attend this kindergarten.

The children of poor families are often left to their own devices in Posorja. Broadly speaking you could call them street children as they play and live in the vicinity of their “dwellings” in the street dirt. They have a very poor diet.

Attending Kindergarten gives the children´s lives a certain amount of structure. The children are instructed and supported according to their level of development. Kindergarten prepares the children for school.

The children are able to wash and play. They are given clean water to drink and are also provided with juice, fruit or milk. At the moment we are unable to provide a midday meal for the children as we have no sponsors for this.

Two women from Posorja look after the children. These women have been trained in child care and finished their studies last year. Mi Mañana helped financed their studies.

Doctor´s Surgery

In the Friendship House there is a doctor´s examination room.

A doctor from Guayaquil comes to the Friendship House regularly to examine people in need.

Once a month the adults and sponsored children are examined by the doctor. The doctor does this for free.

The Kindergarten in the Friendship House

In June 2002 a kindergarten was opened in the Friendship House. The large room in the Friendship House is used in the mornings as a day care centre. For 5 hours each morning 25 children aged from 3 to 5 attend this kindergarten.

The children of poor families are often left to their own devices in Posorja. Broadly speaking you could call them street children as they play and live in the vicinity of their “dwellings” in the street dirt. They have a very poor diet.

Attending Kindergarten gives the children´s lives a certain amount of structure. The children are instructed and supported according to their level of development. Kindergarten prepares the children for school.

The children are able to wash and play. They are given clean water to drink and are also provided with juice, fruit or milk. At the moment we are unable to provide a midday meal for the children as we have no sponsors for this.

Two women from Posorja look after the children. These women have been trained in child care and finished their studies last year. Mi Mañana helped financed their studies.

The Library

We are particularly pleased that a children´s library is being set up in the Friendship House. A donation has enabled us to buy two glass cabinets.

Children´s books, non-fiction books and reference books have already been donated or bought (in Spanish, of course). We hope to get the children interested in reading. The library books will give the children the opportunity to learn things that are not in their school books.

We plan to loan books out to the children. Perhaps in the future we will be able to stock the library with books for adults.

Further Education

Further Education in the Friendship House

Learning to sew

The large room in the Friendship House is used for various purposes. In May 2002 we started our first sewing course.
Since then the women of Posorja have been able to come to the Friendship House to use the two sewing machines there. They use the sewing machines to make things for themselves and their families as well as to sell in and around Posorja. They make cushions, clothes, laundry bags etc.

Some of their pieces, for example bookmarks and bags, were sold at the Christmas Bazaar in Goslar in autumn 2002.

In April 2003, 25 women took part in a second sewing course. They learnt how to do patchwork, as well as how to embroider and knit.