After School Program

After School Program

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As the upcoming academic year approaches, both the children and Aldea staff are busy preparing schedules, locating missing uniforms, and collecting back-to-school supplies. And we, working in the Clase de Apoyo, the after school help program in the Aldea, are no exception. Clase De Apoyo runs during the afternoon every...
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Assignment: Amend one life (for free)

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In addition to providing agricultural products for the Aldea, El Campo is occasionally used to carry out a form of what they call “castigo”- or the English equivalent of punishment. Young offenders are occasionally sent to accompany youths from the boys’ residence for a day’s worth of light labor in the fields; typically in exchange...
Meet Maggie, International Intern

Meet Maggie, International Intern

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Leaving the Cages

Leaving the Cages

by: Anna Heudorfer, current volunteer – April 3, 2012 As a child, did you ever crave a hot summer ice cream cone? Or a walk around the neighborhood or the park? Maybe you took a trip with some friends or your family? Not if you grew up here. They live in a very well-protected compound, [well...
Planting for the Future Phase 2: Santa Cruz

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Planting for the Future Phase 1: Villa Alba

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