This first week of July we managed to meet again with our students and teaching staff of the La Coromoto School. After a significant effort of planning and logistics, we brought the teachers, the homework and also food for the students and their families.
Distance education for schools located in rural and border areas like ours posed particular challenges for Asopica. What if students and teachers do not have computers, smartphones, internet and in some cases, not even electric light? How to travel to the indigenous communities we help, without gasoline? Well the answer was always obvious to us, we had to take the school to their homes, consequently we had to create, imagine possible solutions and scenarios, be flexible and commit ourselves to the effort, so we did it, and as always, we did it together, with the support and accompaniment of our allies.
Bringing education to children, as well as providing assistance and protection actions is what gives a sense of purpose to our daily work, so their smiles and joy at seeing us have been our best reward. We have learned by doing it, more and more, so today we have sustainable solutions to guarantee their teaching-learning process, and balanced and nutritional quality food through our donors. Today we can say proudly that we have achieved our goal, and we will continue to do so whenever is necessary in order to ensure a better quality of life for them and their families.
Together we continue to make a difference!
On the occasion of the suspension of face-to-face school activities, at Asopica we have designed the project: “La Coromoto goes to the communities” in this sense we have considered moving the school to the homes of each of the students, bringing them food and academic activities with the in order to guarantee their care.
In this regard, in June we received two food donations from our allies Cargill (120 kilograms of pasta) and General de Alimentos Nisa GÉNICA (120 kilograms of milk drink), these donations will contribute significantly to the balanced nutrition of our children. These initiatives allow us to continue fulfilling our mission of providing Yaruro/Pumé children and their families with quality of life.
Together we make a difference and we always go far.
We recently met in San Fernando with various personalities from the area, where there was extensive discussion about the problems and deficits in the area, who are the key informants and relevant people, etc. Useful information to align individual strategies and initiatives with the aim of having greater scope and coverage and therefore greater impact in the communities in which we are working.
Likewise, they were informed of the project led by Asopica approved by the Lutheran World Federation to map and diagnose the social organizations of San Fernando and Bajo Apure, to which they showed great interest and desire to support and collaborate in the uprising of information.
We recently carried out an eye inspection of the facilities of our Santo Cristo del Capanaparo Church in La Macanilla. Additionally, the seminarists Juan Bautista Infante and Jeusmar Castillo have started their work with us, under the supervision and guidance of Father Meneses. They currently occupy the priestly house of the Church and will resume pastoral work in the school, as well as care for the community sphere of the families of our students together with the teachers and director of our educational center, in order to start a process of gradual evangelization with them. In addition to the masses and pastoral accompaniment of our educational community, it is also worth noting that they celebrate mass on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and on Saturdays they are preparing the youth of La Macanilla for Confirmation in the mornings and for First Communion in the afternoons.
On one of our recent trips to Apure, we visited the facilities of the Diocesan School, and talked to Fr. Álvaro Meneses, who is principal of the school, and also responsible for the missionary work in our of Santo Cristo del Capanaparo Church located in La Macanilla.
Father Meneses also informed us that starting this school year our students will be able to continue their secondary studies at the Diocesan School. We welcome this news, it is important for our students to have a new educational institution to continue studying, this comes in addition to the initiative of our habitual allies for 16 years, that is, the Casa-Hogar San Fernando de las Hermanas Franciscanas and the Gumilla Father Farm School.
We visited Apure from January 30 to February 1, 2020. While being there, we went to the Padre Gumilla Farm School, in La Guanota to meet the new school authorities, teachers, Luis Carreño the principal and Rosa Jiménez the assistant director. Additionally, we introduce our new Executive Director, Maitane Azpitxaga. The authorities ratified their willingness to accept our students in their facilities to continue their high school studies, in this regard they were satisfied with the good performance of them in the educational and personal sphere, because they are accustomed to living according to the rules of a similar system.
La Coromoto works as a home with a boarding school system where our students spend 15 continuous days in our facilities and then return a week to their communities. During their stay at the educational center, children receive a balanced diet, 3 main meals and two snacks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This is possible thanks to all our strategic allies, Alimentos Polar, Biscuits Puig, Génica, Cargill, among others. During the quarantine we have brought the school to each of our students’ homes, bringing food to all their family groups and school activities for each one of them with the loving and committed support of their teachers. At Asopica we never leave anyone behind.