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SCI LAC Newsletter - Q1 2013

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Adriana Piñeiro Coen

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What's happening in Regional Office Save the Children International Latin America and the Caribbean El Salvador Profile Childhood Protection, Education, Health, Emergencies, Risk and Disaster Reduction, Food Security and Livelihood. Important News Haiti Profile Emergency response, education, health and nutrition, childhood participation, gobernability and children rights, WASH (water, hygiene and sanitation), disaster reduction, food security and livelihood. Important News Did you know...? Coming Soon... ... SCI in Latin America Colombia Profile 21 Important News Did you know? Coming Soon... Nicaragua Profile Important News Did you know..? Did you know...? Children from Nicaragua selected 10 projects in 2012 that are currently been executed, addressing their rights to education and recreation and in benefit of 18,340 children and adolescents from 58 schools and 2 neighborhoods. Peru Profile Education, Protection, Gobernability and Children Rights, Health and Emergencies. Important News Did you know...? Coming Soon... On May 6, 7 and 8 Save the Children's partner organizations in Peru will participate in a workshop focused on genre, with the objective of providing tools to guarantee the creation, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects with genre equality for girls and boys. The workshop will be held under the "Childhood without Violence Project" in 8 regions of the country; and its financed by the International Cooperation Spanish Agency (AECID). Bolivia Profile Gobernability and Children Rights, Childhood protection, Health, Nutrition, Emergencies and Livelihood. Important News Did you know...? ¡Bolivia transitioned to SCI
on April 1st! Lo que viene... (Próximo proyecto, evento o acontecimiento del que formarán parte) Coming Soon...
Save the Children Norway approved 4 million 720 thousand coronas to finance with funds of Foreign Relations Ministry (NORAD) a Save the Children education project which will be implemented in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN). SCI in the Caribbean... Important News at Regional Level SCI LAC Newsletter Q1. 2013 Message from our Regional Director Coming Soon... Panama SCI LAC Communications Team
Angélica Montes (El Salvador)
Ramón Meneses (Nicaragua)
Soraya Volcy (Haití)
Marcela Forero (Colombia)
Fernando M. Sinchiguano (Ecuador)
Mónica Kuljich (Perú)
Fabiola Calderón (Bolivia)
Adriana Piñeiro (Regional Office) Contacts: Ecuador Profile Education, emergencies, childhood protection, gobernability and children rights. Important News Did you know...? Coming Soon... Under the10-CO1-061 framework, financed by AECID and titled “Protection of Children and Adolescents Rights and Strengthening of the National Protection systems with prevention, attention and rehabilitation components for abuse, violence and neglicence cases in Ecuador and Peru”, a new research named "Childhood without borders" has been created in conjunction with the ODNA (Social Observatory of Ecuador).

The study, about to be published, is an etnography taking place in the south and north borders of Ecuador. This anthropological method combined the use of different research techniques providing data that will allow to make aproximations that facilitate the understanding of human behaviour and modus operandi social wise, in relationship with the Kottak method, 2000:20-24; Hammersley and Atkinson, (1994). Until our next Newsletter! Dear Collegues,
This is the first edition of our Regional SCI LAC Newsletter, product of the effort between Communications focal points in each Country Office and the Regional Office. We hope this communications tool will help us to promote a learning and sharing culture and proactively promote linking up all of Save the Children in the Region. We will make an effort to assure that the newsletter is both, useful to all of our staff by sharing our work and also participatory with input from all levels and locations of the organization.

Your news are important, your participation necessary and your feedback essential. If you have any announcements or news you would like to share, please contact your Communications focal point in your country: Angelica Montes (El Salvador), Ramon Meneses (Nicaragua), Soraya Volcy (Haiti), Marcela Forero (Colombia), Fernando M. Sinchiguano (Ecuador), Monica Kuljich (Peru), Fabiola Calderon (Bolivia) o Adriana Piñeiro (RO).

We aspire to produce this newsletter every 2-3 months but will reply much on your feedback in adjusting frequency, format and content to your needs. It will be produced in Spanish and English and we will make an effort produce a French version also.

Strengthening links between staff and offices is important to us as it has great potential for learning, vibrant discussions and the generation of ONE Save the Children in spite of geographical realities.

The newsletter is not just to share but also to shine (promote your great work with your colleagues), to be self critical (tell us what is not working) and learn. We will be in touch with you and actively promote that your work, your experiences and your success can be shared across the Region.

Greetings from Panama,
Beat Send us your news... On February 27, representatives of humanitarian agencies working in the Latin America region, participated in a revision conducted at a global level about the three international standards for human reponse.

Save the Children collaborated with JSI (Joint Standard Initiative) fostering the event in Panama, which allowed the Latin America region to have the opportunity of participating in this consultation. The standards evaluated were: Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), People In Aid and the Sphere Project (used by most of the attendants).

The meeting was led by the consultant Patricia Goldschmid and involved representatives of organizations such as: CARE, RET, OCHA, Humanitarian Logistics, FIRC, UNICEF and NRC. Save the Children was represented by Elisa Barbado, Darren Hedley and Roberto Martinez from the humanitarian and programs areas. Joint Standard Initiative Agencies Meeting From March 12 to 15, the Regional Childhood Investment Workshop was held in Panama. This workshop was organized by the Panamanian National Secretariat of Adolescents and Family, with the support of Save the Children, the Interamerican Institute of the Child and Adolescent, OAS, Equity and PLAN.

In the workshop the following matters were discussed: current situation of Children and Childhood Investment in Latin America (with information from budget execution rankings); how public budgets are assigned for children and adolescents, and how public expenses can be monitored in favor of children and adolescents through budget analysis; among others.

Jorge Oroza, presented the research from Save the Children Sweden "Sistematization of the Promotion Experience of Public Expenses in favor of Children and Adolescents, from 2007 to 2012”, with the objective of showing what has been done during the last six years to promote more childhood investment in the Region. Regional Childhood Investment Workshop The SCI LAC Regional office has, as one of its Strategic Plan objectives, the responsibility of establishing and cultivating learning communities in different thematic and programmatic areas. The first learning communities created were the ones for Human Respose, Human Resources and Finance. Recently in February, the Programs and the M&E Learning Communities started functioning. The incidence Learning Community started working in April aswell. These communities are open for anyone who would like to join them. We encourage participation from members appointed and approved by their country supervisor. Learning Communities for Programs and M&E begin! Did you know....? Our International Mission status request in Panama was finally approved by the Foreign Relations Ministry on February 22nd. This status will allow us to lower legal and administrative costs, as well as to waive certain taxes. We are officially an International Mission in Panama! The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the ALAS Foundation are teaming up for the second annual ALAS-IDB Awards to recognize innovations and excellence in programs and research that benefit children under 6 years of age in Latin America and the Caribbean. Deadline for submissions is May 31st. second annual ALAS-IDB Awards Profile - With SCI Office:
El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

- Save the Children Members:
Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Brazil.

-With Regional Programming Agreements: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua. At the RO we are getting ready for the next LAC Education Conference happening in Bogota, Colombia, from May 6-10.

From May 9-10 the Country Directors Meeting will take place in Panama.

The Theory of Change Report will be delivered to the Semantic Group managing thematics for the Members.

RO LAC staff will be trainned in Budget Management to replicate and train Budget Holders at COs.

Since April, we will start creating webpages for COs who currently do not have their own (from the seven SCI LAC COs). The existing websites will transition their format to a new global format used by our official site: savethechildren.net This month we want to give a... Special Aknowledgement! ”I will like to recognize the professional work Fabiola Calderon does in Bolivia to show the efforts of Save the Children in guaranteeing Bolivian children to practice their rights. Her creativity, availability, energy and leadership, has allowed us to show the accomplishments of many projects. Her technical support has been vital for ensuring the information about our programs, education and training of youth, gets to many people in Bolivia and in the whole wide world. This opportunity for collaborating with all the offices of Save the Children in Latin America through a newsletter, will allow Fabiola and other communications teams to promote the work we do in our region." This month we want to give a... Special Aknowledgement! “I would like to recognize Marcela, Laura, Fernando and Katherine, for the outstanding work they have done as a Communications team. No matter where or who we are working with - children or local authorities, in an urban center or in the middle of mangroves of the Pacific coast- our Communications team will be there, filming, interviewing, taking notes and pictures. They are like humming birds moving quickly in search of the nectar of what's going on. But they don't stop there, they create, process, organize and transfer their communication products, sometimes even before the activities have finished. They are our miracle makers with red tshirts and I can't wait to see the outcome of their participation in this newsletter! With the objective of promoting a peace culture through non violent resolution of conflicts, youth from different sectors of Nicaragua (from Leon, Chinandega, Somoto, Siuna, Rosita and Managua) orgnized themselves to execute activities to encourage respect, equaility, tolerance and solidarity among children, youth and adults.

At the retreat held from March 4th-5th in Jinotega, the Coordinator of the National Youth and Adolescents Movement, Carmen Talavera Gutierrez, exclaimed: “To promote a culture of peace, children and youth need to understand and apply negotiation, conciliation, communication and arbitration techniques in order to solve a conflict peacefully. This is what will allow people to become more tolerant and peaceful, contribuiting in the creation of a healthier society.”

Georgina Lopez, Coordinador of Chilhood Participation in Save the Children Nicaragua, stated the importance of children and youth participation in the creation of a peace culture. She added that since 2010 “we have contribuited so that organizations like the National Youth and Adolescents Movement address this issue applying the different types of methodologies”.

The National Youth and Adolescents Movement is a Save the Children‘s partner. National Youth Retreat Beat Rohr, Regional Director for SCI LAC, visited Save the Children Nicaragua from March18- 22. During this visit he was able to see first hand the work done in Matagalpa, Jinotega and Managua.

Rohr met with partners and counterparts, among them Unicef, the Support Center for Programs and Projects (Capri), the National Army, Los Pipitos and the Communication and Education Association “La Cuculmeca”. He also met with children and youth from La Dalia.

The Regional Director emphasized on the importance of the implementation of projects in Nicaragua, in the process of achieving the Millenium Development Goals alligned with Save the Children‘s mission and vision statements. Regional Director‘s Visit Regional Seminar of Childhood and Youth Investment From June 24-26 SC Nicaragua will be hosting in Granada, Nicaragua, a Regional Youth and Childhood Investment Seminar promoted by the Global Gobernability and Children Rights initiative, in coordination with the Regional SCI LAC Office.

The objective of the seminar is to strengthen the capabilities of the SCI LAC staff regarding the Childhood Investment topic, while at the same time promote good practices around the matter. Gobernability and Children Rights focal points members of Save the Children from the Region will be participating. Education Project in RAAN: Save the Children in El Salvador received from March 17 to the 23rd, a group of volunteers from TOMS -a company dedicated to the manufacturing of shoes- with the objective of distribuiting a shoes donation to children from rural communities of the La Paz sector.

The delivery will allow to reduce the level of school dessertion due to the lack of shoes needed for walking to school, avoiding at the same time, the proliferation of diseases such as paratism. Save the Children-s technical team reinforced different topics related to Scholar Nutrintion and Health, during the donation delivery. The topics presented included: hygiene in schools, hands washing and use of latrines. In total, 50 thousand pairs of shoes where distribuited in the whole country. Save the Children El Salvador, together with UNICEF and other non government organizations presented in March, the First Study of Early Childhood in the country. The document utilizes different statistics and official data to portrait the conditions children younger then seven years old, face during their birth, growth and development. The report pretends to identify the main obstacles children at these ages encounter, in order to promote the elaboration of public politics that will allow children to enjoy their rights in an integrated way.

The study collects information related to: protection, economic-genre-ethnic and geographic equity, disabilities, access to health and education, family, the importance of recreation, participation, environmental conditions and violence. First Study of early Childhood in El Salvador is presented Children in El Salvador benefited with donation of TOMS shoes The simplified scale of development of children younger than five years old, used by the Ministry of Health in El Salvador, was updated using the indicators promoted by Save the Children to ensure the quality of the application. This tool allows a more complete evaluation of the child and is a reference to detect any potential risks in their development.

The most important accomplishment was the addition of the five specific areas of development: Physical Well-Being and (Gross and Fine) Motor Development, Social and Emotional Development, Approaches Toward Learning, Language Development, Cognition and General Knowledge. Save the Children El Salvador leaves its footprint on the Early Childhood Development topic SC Colombia, First place in votes for the “Friends for the World“” Disney Campaign Quality and Access to Education in Colombia Since 2008, Save the Children and the Norweigan Consulate for Refugees, with the support of the Canadian Agency for International Development, have been implementing the project “By learning we grow”. This project promotes the right to Education and Participation of Children and Youth from Nariño, Pasto, Samaniego, Barbacoas, Ricaurte, Policarpa and Tumaco.

On March 2013, this project ended its activities in Nariño, achieving proposals for new strategies in education of indigenous, afro-columbian and mixed race communities. Through the strengthening of life projects and development of municipal and department plans we guarantee an education in high quality conditions for children and youth of this community. Strategic alliances with schools, governments, NGOs, universities, indigenous and afrocolumbian communities were also established, resulting in more education opportunities for children in vulnerable conditions.

Now, the new challenge will be to transfer all the lessons learned to schools in the Cauca sector. Starting from April of this year, the Canadian Agency for International Development has approved a new project for five more years. In this way, we will be able to replicate Access and Quality to Education strategies such as: Positive Child Raising , Peace in Classrooms, Diverse Languages in Classrooms, Math Skills, Inclusive Education, and Participation and Communication PACO. Currently, children from Tumaco count with 4 friendly educational-recreational spots located in the most vulnerable neighborhoods. Activities in these centers teach children about their rights. The friendly spaces for childhood are part of a Save the Children strategy, which has been successfully carried out in vulnerable communities pertaining armed conflicts, urban violence, illegal armed groups recruitment, among others.

“Tumaco Childhood Protector”, in an initiative product of the collaboration between private and public funds, which aims to reduce vulnerabilities in children and youth more exposed to violence in sectors 1 and 5 of Tumaco. Tumaco Childhood Protector With Success ends the National Sphere Workshop in Bogota, Colombia, trainning 27 professionals in the humanitarian area With the purpose of exchanging experiences about jewelry handicraftship and new alternatives to develop life projects, five young Colombians representants of the Barbacoas Nariño Afrodescendant community, participated in an International Jewelry Young Artisans Retreat in La Paz, Bolivia. This is one of the activities done in the framework of the project supported by Save the Children in partnership with Bulgari. Five adolescents from Nariño, represent Colombia in Bolivia The Youth Save project launched a
“Savings Video Contest for Children” That‘s right! Our project were children learn how to save, invited all children in Colombia to submit their videos explaining the importance of saving. The tropipop music band Wamba will offer a concert to the school that more videos sends. And as a grand price an IPAD will be given to each team member of the winning video. This year Colombia will be hosting from May 6-10 the Regional Education Meeting in Bogota. The meeting will bring together representatives from the different LAC countries as well as Education experts from Member countries. With an agenda focused in revealing the progress and experience of the countries in the region, it will also be an opportunity to get to know the perspectives and global challenges for Education in the context of the Millenium Goals. Country Consulting Group Meeting – Andean Region From April 22-25, the Country Consulting Group – Andean Region Meeting will be held in Tumaco, Colombia, border region between Colombia and Ecuador. This event will have the participation of Country Directors from Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, who will present and attempt to exchange knowledge about the programs, interests and opportunities for children of the region.

In addition to bilateral meetings and experiences' exchange, participants will also be able to visit the Protection Program in Tumaco, meet with local authorities, visit the PACO Centers and cultural presentations from the Nariño sector. Regional Global Initiative Education Meeting
is happening in Colombia! - John Sullivan, CD Colombia Luis Ramirez, CD Bolivia The “Construction of Peace Territories in the Cuenca educational centers of Ecuador" project implemented by Save the Children and the Aribtration and Mediation Center (CAM) part of the "Cámaras de la Producción del Azuay" and financed by Madrid's town hall, finalized after 2 years of execution.

The proposal has been highly successful and counted with the support of the Ministry of Education and the academic approval of the Philosophy and Psychology Faculties of the University of Cuenca. The main objective of this project is to prevent violence between students and other members of the 15 institutions of the sector, by teaching about social skills and citizen compentences allowing the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

The Peace Territories Strategy started with the trainning of academic/scholar mediators in each institution, following a workshop for students of the Cuenca University and the team project. In total 140 persons (70 adults and 70 children and youth) were trainned in mediation and conflict resolution. The project also included areas such as: education about values, cultural exchange, strengthening of the social aspects, democratic participation, genre and environment.

The project benefit 8790 children, 639 teachers, 65 university students and 15 of parents committees from 15 education centers of Cuenca. The achievements include: 148 "peace spots" created, where more than 120 cases of children in crisis were treated and given psychosocial attention. At the end 70 children and 70 adults were trainned to act as academic mediators. National Peace Strategy is
consolidated in Ecuador After 2 years of successfull execution, Save the Children Ecuador in partnership with the Yupana Foundation and the Descentralized Autonomous Government of San Lorenzo Gobierno in Esmeraldas, finalized the project “Promotion of a Peace Culture in San Lorenzo through the empowerment of children and women" executed with financial support from the European Union.

The project benefit 1700 children, 1400 families, 120 teachers and 110 community leaders who shared the following results of the project:
- High levels of community empowerment through the establishment of 7 RED that promote the permanent dialogue about human rights, peace culture, women and family.
- Strengthening of the local entity in charge of child protection and rights.
-Reinforcement of the capacity of children and youth to inform, and promote a peace culture by defending their rights through music, paintings and theater.
- Identification and strengthening of 2 children and youth groups as part of the process “Casa de la Juventud” (Youth House) and “Los Ángeles del Teatro” (The Theater Angels).
- Implementation of 2 handicrafts microenterprises with women entrepreneurs of the Rural Calderon Church and the Esmeraldas neighborhood, which promoted the communitarian integration of their art and afrodescendant culture. Children Rights project ends successfully Save the Children, and its partners in Peru, have been revising the Children and Youth Code content, who's objective is to guarantee the rights of Children and Youth. This code is now at the National Congress waiting to be modified and approved. For this reason we are doing incidence work by requesting to:

1.Reassure the use of inclusive language to visualize the problematic of children and youth.

2.Prohibit explicitly physical and humilliating punishment in compliance of the Children Rights Convention and the different recommendations done by the of Children Rights Committee.

3.Recognize the right to reproductive and sexual health from youth as well as the State responsibility for providing access to education and health services.

4.Recognize fully participation of children and youth in every space and matter affecting them, without necessarilly having it be controlled or supervised by their parents. Promoting reforms in the Children and Youth Code The Peace and Hope Association, in partnership with Save the Children under the execution of the project "Childhood without Violece" and in coordination with the Huanuco University, Huanuco's Supreme Court, and the sponsorship of the Public Ministry in Huanuco, presented the Course: “New Processal and Penal Code against children and youth sexual abuse".

The course has as an objective to develop the technical skills of the service operators and providers for childhood and youth protection in Huanuco; particularly to prevent, treat and assist sexual abuse situations of children and youth.

Huanuco is one of the most affected regions for sexual violence, specially within children and youth. Save the Children, aside of supporting initiatives like the course, has denounced cases of sexual abuse, in aims of bringing justice to the victims and obliging the culprints to be sanctioned. “New Processal and Penal Code against children and youth sexual abuse" Course is presented This space will foster mothers waiting to give birth, and will serve at the same time to promote practices and healthy behaviours for the mother and the newborn child, with a focus in genre and culture. The model will be replicated within the region until 20 other expecting mother's houses are created.

The construction and equipment of the house was accomplished as part of the activities of the project "Guaranteeing mother and child supervivence in Ccasapata”, implemented by Save the Children and Tierra de Niños, with the financial aid from the Latin American Children Trust (LACT). Inauguration of House for Expecting Mothers in Huancavelica With the presence of local and regional authorities the "House for Expecting Mothers" was inauguratd at the Ccasapata community, located in the Huancavelica region. Regardless of its improving economy, Peru is one of the countries with the biggest gap between rich and poor children world wide. In the last 20 years the countries with the biggest gap growth have been: Peru (179%), Bolivia (170%), Colombia (87%), Cameroon (84%) and Ghana (78%).

In Peru the income of families with children in poverty are 66 times lower than the ones of rich families. This reality affects the complete enjoyment of children's rights. Besids the rent and wealth, the inequailities associated with race, ethnicity, genre or religion, have dramatic effects in children's lives. In Peru, the proportion of indigenous people finishing highschool education is just a fifth part of the white population.

"Peru has registered in the last 10 years, an annual GDP growth of 6.4%, regardless poverty in the urban areas is 20% and even more shocking, 61% in rural areas”, mentioned Lennart Reinius, Save the Children's Country Director for Peru. Peru is in the list of countries with the biggest gap between rich and poor children In a resent study, "Superfood for Babies" Save the Children assures that if babies are breastfed during the first hour of birth, the babies inmune system will be reactived giving triple of possibilities to survive. And if the mother continues breastfeeding during the next six months, children have 15 times less probabilities of dying due to diarrhea and pulmonary infections.

Regardless of the benefits, the breastfeeding indicators haven't varied in the world, and in some regions its even decreasing. In Latin America, Mexico is one of the countries with less breastfeeding activity, according to global rankings.

In Peru's case, there has been progress, as it is located in the seventh place of countries with best results for breastfeeding during the first six months of the baby. According to a Family Health and Demographic Survey (ENDES) from 2011, the number of children with less than six months being breastfed is 70.6%, while the amount of children less than four months being breastfed is 99.3%. ENDES also that 50.2% of Peruvian children are breastfed in the first hour after their birth. Peru is one of the first ten countries promoting breast feeding Workshop with "genre" focus This month we want to give a... Special Aknowledgement! "I feel very grateful for counting with collegues who do an impressive job at communicating Save the Children's work in Peru, and particularly everything involving children rights. With a lot of success, they have been able to communicate in a complete way, all the information, lessons learned and incidence inititatives to our partners, public, and other important stakeholders. Because of this reason Save the Children in Peru is an organization often mentioned in the media and recognized as a main reference for the childhood topic in the country. It is through our communication specialists, Monica Kuljich and Maria Villalobos (Magaby) that we can be sure to have competent, professional and valuable results of the work done in communications. I will like to express my appreciation for your service and support with every activity. I have no doubt, once more, your input in this newsletter will be outstanding. " - Lennart Reinius, CD Peru Save the Children participates in Thematic Hearing about Violence in Schools presented by the Interamerican Human Rights Court From left to right: Fernando Pereira (from Redlamyc), Marisol Blanchard (laywer from Relatoría de los Derechos Humanos), Oscar Misle (NGO CECODAP, Venezuela), Rosa María Ortíz (Children Rights Commissioned officer), Giovanna Brazzini (Save the Children), Johanna Walder (NGO Global Infancia, Paraguay), Angels Simon (lawyer from Relatoría de los Derechos Humanos) and Carlos Trapani (ONG CECODAP, Venezuela). Federico Arnillas, President of the Table of Concertation for Fighting against Poverty Joint Meeting participants Save the Children Ecuador is part of the Observatory for Children and Adolescents Rights, together with Plan International Ecuador, FOSE Fundación Observatorio Social del Ecuador and UNICEF. In 2012 they were able to publish a document tittled: “CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS RIGHTS IN ECUADOR 1990 – 2011”, this document analysed 21 years of the Children Convention.

This publication has also served as source of information for different studies that have determined politics in favor of children and adolescents of Ecuador. Spanish version in PDF:
http://www.unicef.org/ecuador/Edna2011_web_Parte1.pdf "SC Ecuador supports Children Rights
through a publication" "Childhood without borders" will be published This month we want to give a... Special Aknowledgement! "Dear collegues: Every day I am more aware that team work generates gratifying outcomes, our organzation, which I am very proud of, makes me realize how far we can go when our team works together. I would like to take advantage of this space to congratulate the team that has been created by all the members of our office, and everyone who has been involved in the preparation and scope of the "Rights Project" in Quito and San Lorenzo. Particularly I will like to congratulate and recognize Alexandra, Michelle and Vero por for their inputs and hard work during this process.

I will like to invite all now to be part of this community, and excell ourselves in every challenge. Now we have a space to recognize our work, publish our achievements, and moreover, consolidate a network with other collegues in different countries. Visit this newsletter often and find out what our efforts in pro of Children of Ecuador are. - Eduardo Silva, CD Ecuador On March 8, in Potosi, Bolivia, the Economic Opportunities Program of Save the Children presented a project to introduce youth in the elaboration of artisanal jewelry. The launch of this project involved the participation of local authorities from the Economic and Tourism Development Municipal office of Potosí, local media and interested youth. This training will last 9 months and will have no cost.

At the same time, 21 adolescents were transfered to La Paz, in order for them to experience up front, the process of extracting and treating silver, the raw material used to elaborate their jewels. The other objective of the visit was so that they could exchange best practices with their counterparts of Potosi.

During the three days the visit lasted, adolescents presented an exposition of artisanal jewels, walked the silver circuit, got in touch with local artisans, and received two workshops.

Carla, one of the participants said "Even though it was a basic training workshop, we were able to notice how good of a level we have at elaborating jewelry, and how capable we are of competing with experts”. This project counts with the financial support of Bulgari. Contact: amparo.camacho@savethechildren.org Workshop to introduce Youth to jewelry elaboration Youth from La Paz in a silver school at Ingenio Ichuni La Paz delegation arriving to Potosi More than one thousand of adolescents mobilized for their sexual and reproductive rights Youth participants in the project "Is my present and my future, the decission is mine" decided to organize mobilizations in their cities to promote their right to participate on the decision making process related with their sexual and reproductive health. They invited local Health and Education authorities, as well as presented artistic shows referring to problematics youth faces nowadays: early pregnancy, diseases transmission, difficulties of communicating with their parents about sexuality and the few opportunities for obtaining economical incomes that will enable them to achieve their personal and familiar goals.

The mobilizations were held in the cities of Santa Cruz, Potosi and Sucre the last week of March. Because of the success of the activity, it is expected to be replicated in the cities of Oruro and El Alto in La Paz.

In Bolivia the population of adolescents from 10 to 19 years old, represents aproximately a 23% of the total population of the country, from which 49% are women and 55,3 % is younger than 25 years old. In relation to the identification of a strategy allowing adolescents to practice their Sexual and Reproductive Health, 55% recognizes at least one strategy (to get informed and take care of themselves), while only 20% know more than one strategy that will allow them to practice their sexual and reproductive right.

One out of five adolescents doesn't acknowledges any anticonceptive methods. With the objective of bettering the health and nutrition levels of more than 50.000 children in school age, and to contribute to their performance so that they can do their best at school, during the month of March, the program "Health and Nutrition in Schools" began its activities in 4 communities of Bolivia.

The interventions have been done in schools, using the hygiene, nutrition, and education focus, creating as a result, healthier habits while preventing nutritional deficiencies. The actions also seek to strengthen the capacity of municipal partner in the delivery of childhood health, nutrition and hygene services in schools. Aproximately 10.000 parents or child protectors, will be trainned aswell as 2000 teachers from the schools were the project will be implemented.

Children will receive vitamine A twice a year, every six months and ferrous sulfate in school for 12 consecutive months. In case it is necessary, anti parasites treatment will be given to children.

Save the Children coordinates with Health Service Departments to provide children with supplements in schools and health centers. This project counts with the financial aid of UNILEVER and the foundation of the Family KARLSSON; it will have a duration of 3 years. "Health and Nutrition in Schools" Program begins! We are proud to announce that the Haiti country office finally went live March 1st, 2013! The staff is motivated and ready to take on new challenges. We also would like to welcome our new country director, Mr. Steve Gwynne-Vaughan who will accompany us in this new adventure and thank our current director Lisa Laumann for her hard work and dedication. Lisa came to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and with her support and guidance she has kept us grounded and motivated to fulfill our mission here in Haiti. We wish her well in her new endeavors! Haiti transitions to SCI! The Haiti Country Office is now gearing down from the emergency phase and heading towards a development mode and with that comes reorganization.

The Haiti Country Office will now consist of the main “Country Office” (our central management office), the West Department Field Programs (Port-au-Prince and Léogane—Port-au-Prince child protection and education staff are now co-located with the central management functions at the “Country Office” and the Léogane education staff works from a downsized Léogane office), the Jacmel Field Office, and the Dessalines Field Office; our Maissade Field Office, after 25 years of activity will be closing July 31st, 2013. Re-structure of SC Haití Lisa Laumann, out going Country Director for Haiti SC in Haiti- 3 years after the earthquake During the national Children’s Week June 4-10, 2012, the children participating in our children clubs conducted a simulation during a Parliament Session to pressure the senate on ratifying the “Convention de la Haye sur l’Adoption Internationale et la Protection de l’Enfant – The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation on Intercountry Adoption.” As promised by the President of the Senate, four days later the convention was ratified. The Government of Haiti launched the National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti 2013-2022 in March. Iniciative against Cholera SC Children Clubs make the difference! One of the SC clubs at the parliament We have just launched a 3 year urban sanitation project in Jacmel that is financed by the European Commission. The purpose of this project is to reduce by half the percentage of the population that does not have access to drinking water and basic sanitation. We are eager to see the results! The Jacmel Field Office will join our Lekti se Lavni/Lire c’est L’avenir program, an innovative Creole and French literacy program that is founded on the principle that children are able to develop reading skills more easily and quickly in their native language. Our West Department and Dessalines teams are already supporting schools to use this approach. Lekti se Lavni in schools Impact of Urban sanitation project in Jacmel Creole and French literacy program This month we want to give a... Special Aknowledgement! “Communications is a shared responsibility in the Haiti Country Office. I want to thank Soraya Volcy-Joseph for her tremendous coordination and leadership on communications since she joined us last July: coordinating Member and media communications for two tropical storms, facilitating press visits to programs, supporting the development of case studies, coordinating videography for our post-earthquake three-year report, coordinating our inputs to a traveling exhibition on NGOs in Haiti and other events (such as the recent launch of an urban sanitation project), and more. I am sure her participation on this newsletter will be very valuable for everyone and particularly for Save the Children Haiti.

I also want to thank the many staff members who have developed case studies, represented Save the Children to the media, and helped coordinate visits and events so that we can share our work, especially Nora Chefchaouni, Ian Zaur, Edelyne Jules, David Marcelin, Cristian Popotre, Lucka Beavil, Orana Jeanlys, Ossemer Valcin, David Trofort, Francoise Lapin, Charles Muganda, Hugues Augustin, Daniel Desir, Claubert Corvil, Valeus Erestin, Marc Charles, Margarett Lubin, Jose St. Jean, and many others.” - Lisa Laumann, CD Haiti in our Region? ... Did you like it? https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nONuLSMetHABNRVutmbXrNDb6tdsmXs_f7KQdWCZwcs/edit If you have any suggestions or comments add it to this list: "Inspirational Corner" TED TALKS / Interesting videos about development and humanitarian work related subjects Before you leave, amaze yourself... Hans Rosling revels new ideas about poverty Years operating: # of team members: # of projects for 2013: Thematic areas: 33 62 41 Education, health, protection against violence, gobernability and children rights, childhood participation, humanitarian response, risk management and food security. Years operating: # of team members: 34 45 # of projects for 2013: 6 Thematic areas: Function: Years operating: 1 SCI Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean Amount of team members: 13 Countries supported from Regional Office: Nicaragua El Salvador RO LAC Years operating: 35 # of team members: 211 # of projects for 2013: 14 Thematic areas: Haití Children Rights, Education, Emergencies, Livelihood, Protection and Health. Thematic areas: # of projects: 15 # of team members: 28 Years Operating: Colombia Years Operating: +8 # of team members: 23 # of projects for 2013: 11 Thematic areas: Years Operating: 30+ # of team members: 39 # of projects for 2013: 19 Thematic areas: Peru Ecuador Years operating: 26 # of team members: 140 # of projects for 2013: 19 Thematic areas: Bolivia http://www.iadb.org/en/news/announcements/2013-03-04/alas-idb-awards-for-early-childhood-development,10351.html Children of Nicaragua make the difference! or email us at the LAC RO: adriana.pineiro@savethechildren.org
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