PLEASE NOTE THAT "CLUB UNION DE LOS PIBES" OPERATES INDEPENDENTLY
WE ARE NO LONGER AFFILIATED WITH 'ACORN ARGENTINA' OR 'ACORN INTERNATIONAL'
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Hello to all the Club Acorn family, friends and supporters! I'm John Reece, the new Director of Club Acorn. First and foremost, I would like to introduce myself and express my happiness of being part of not only a fantastic club but also an amazing international community.
I have been working with the previous director, Lenore Matthew, since July and although sorry to see her go...I'm looking forward to this experience and hope to follow in the footsteps of Ali, Sara and Lenore. If I have achieved half of what they have, I will be happy.
Back to the latest developments of Club Acorn...we are approaching the summer months, which means a turnover in volunteers. Although we are going through a transitional period in terms of staff, the good part of this is we are getting fresh ideas!
Last week, the children of the centre worked together on producing a huge flag, representing various different countries. Each child was given a black and white copy of a flag from a different country - The first task was to find out which colours to use, with the aid of a book (which helped the staff as well as we did not know all of them either!) then once painted...they produced a huge banner, with all the flags together. The idea was to get the kids to think about equality. We didn't tell them at first what our aim was...which made it more pleasing for all of us when one of the boys who was not particularly keen on the painting, decided to write a title to our display...NO A LA RACISMO! No to racism.
The banner along with title now hangs proudly in our centre and everyday they see their work on the wall. We are planning an anti drug campaign once we have the materials to produce placards and an exciting photography workshop where the children talk about their community using visuals (this you will hear about in more detail two weeks from now, as one of our volunteers will tell you all about it!). We have some great ideas for our club and we strive for the funds to be able to give the children the materials to showcase their work and give them something to be proud of, while they are learning in a safe environment.
Any contributions and we are entirely grateful!!! Monetary, paint, paper, dictionaries...you name it!! Ok, that's all for now folks!!!
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is an international NGO dedicated to the mobilization of low income neighborhoods. ACORN works to help organize families and community members to participate and improve the conditions of their respective neighborhoods.
OUR NEW PROJECT: CLUB ACORN COMMUNITY CENTER
The objective of our project is to teach children the importance of community, instilling in them values and self confidence that will allow them to succeed. The kids who come to the community center will learn how to work together, regardless of their background, in a healthy way to help sustain and improve their community. They will learn that they have a voice and that they can be heard.
How To Donate with a Check:
Tax-deductible checks can be made out to ACORN International Argentina, with Club ACORN specified at the bottom of the check. Be SURE to specify Club ACORN on the check! Mail checks to: Attn: Judith Agrawal-Grafe, Sr. International Accountant 2609 Canal St. 4th Floor New Orleans, LA 70119
Thank you for your support!
WHY ARE ALI AND SARA INVOLVED?
Like so many Americans, we came to Buenos Aires with no specific plans, but wanted to become involved in our new surroundings. We came across ACORN Argentina, and spent a couple days walking around La Boca with an ACORN director—talking with community members, and through this, realized the potential of what we could do if we paired with ACORN to create a community center with a educational program for kids. We drafted project plans and wrote proposals to U.S. educational non-profits, and before we knew it, we had the support of Global Education Fund in Boulder, Colorado. Through this organization and ACORN, we have the starting books and materials that we need. We then held a fundriaser here in Buenos Aires and secured the down payment for our first three months rent for the community center in La Boca: Club Acorn. We created this blog to keep people updated on the project and let potential volunteers know how they can help. Please check back frequently!
We always welcome volunteers- whether you want to work in the community center, help us with fundraising, or donate materials or ideas, please feel free to contact us at:
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Club Acorn Scheduled Hours:
Mondays: 14:00- 17:00 (English Class 14-15) Tuesdays: 16:00-21:00 (Adult Ed from 19:00-21:00) Wednesdays: 14:00- 17:00 (English Class from 14-15) Thursdays: 16:00- 19:00 (Art Class from 17:30-18:30) Fridays: 16:00- 19:00 (Theater Class from 17:30-18:30)
Location: Aristobulo de Valle 1851, Barracas.
How to find us: From Plaza Italia take the number 12 bus and get off on Av. Manuel de Oca 500. Walk towards the autopista, we're just underneath it.