1) The Yahoska library was constructed, thanks to the many donors (you know who you are!). The girls now have access to books at their home. With the $2000 raised, I was able to buy several hundred books for the library.
To the right is Doña Ivania (the Los Quinchos librarian/my homestay mother) at Ispamer, the main book store in Managua. In the middle is a photo of Chris (a carpenter from the United States, was generous enough to make the bookshelf for free) and a few workers from Los Quinchos helping to set up the bookshelves needed for the project.
Below are photos of the girls helping me to organize the books into categories, labeling of the categories on the bookshelf, and the final product!
2) Together, the girls and I did a good bit of both individual and group reading. I was pleased to see their interest and enthusiasm for reading increase over the course of my stay.
2) With the Yahoska psychologist present, I organized and lead a two-part sexual education workshop with the oldest Yahoska girls. Each one lasted about two hours and the girls had the chance to discuss any topics they chose. For thirty minutes, the girls wrote down questions they had and passed them in anonymously. We then formed a circle and placed all the questions in the middle. The girls read them aloud and we had discussions about each question. The intention was to only do one session, but the girls requested a second.
3) Using the poetry of Ruben Dario, Garcia Lorca, and Pablo Neruda, I put together poetry
books for each of the girls. Using these compositions, we engaged in poetry workshops in which we learned about similes, metaphors, personification, and the use of vivid imagery. After various sessions, I passed out notebooks for the girls to write their own poetry and prose. After engaging in many writing workshops, the girls produced some fantastic work!
4) Using the poetry and prose the girls wrote over the duration of my stay in San Marcos, they performed their favorite pieces at the Quinchos first Open Mic Night. Italian volunteers, the directors of Los Quinchos, as well as many boys from the boys program attended the two-hour performance. The girls performed beautifully after our long dress-rehersal, in which we learned how to project our voices, speak with distinction, and stand proudly as we share.