2011 Calendar 12/16/2010
The Muskoka Foundation is now accepting orders for the Buen Pastor photography program calendars! 100% of the proceeds after costs will go back to Buen Pastor and to the girls that participated in the recent Photo Program taught by Eric V. Ibarra.
To purchase a 2011 calendar filled with vibrant photos of Guanajuato, go to http://www.themuskokafoundation.org/2011-calendar
Wombats, pacifiers, and ducks 12/10/2010
Some of the new books and one of the educational games made possible by the Ashland Rotary grant have arrived. The girls loved the educational puzzle and immediately started working on it. Each puzzle consists of a single word spelled out and an image of the word. The little ones will be spelling “pato” or duck in no time.
Each book was carefully chosen for this set of girls. The one in the photograph is of a jealous older brother who steals his younger brother’s pacifier or chupon. Then there is a story of an adorable wombat who sleeps a lot and loves carrots. Not only are the books great for the girls in terms of learning how to read, practicing patience and developing listening skills, and developing fortitude, they’re a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to practice their Spanish, learn tenses, and develop a relationship with the girls using books as vehicles. Everyone wins.
A year of art class with eStudio473 11/16/2010
It’s been nearly a year since Katie Clancy started teaching art classes at Buen Pastor. When a friend introduced her to the work at Buen Pastor, she started dreaming, and dreaming big. She began creating an art curriculum for girls and then sold her own photographs to use as start-up funds for the initial art class at Buen Pastor last January 2010.
Since then, she’s taught visual storytelling. She’s explored identity and relationships with the girls using self portraits & portraits. Now, she’s teaching surrealism and storytelling. Katie wants the girls to know that anything is possible when delving into play. Surrealism removes limitations of reality, where one can form their own reality. Starting from here: anything is possible. Katie’s goal is to bring a network of artists under the umbrella of storytelling, to help the girls create their own empowering tools of play and limitless possibilities.
You can follow Katie’s progress at her delightful and educational blog, eStudio473.
Photography class 11/15/2010
The Muskoka Foundation utilizes modern day explorers to do good as they travel around the world visiting developing communities. One of these explorers, Eric V. Ibarra of Las Fotos Project, spent last week with five girls from Buen Pastor teaching them photography basics.
Each day after school, Eric provided a lesson in photography. After the instruction, the girls and Eric explored Guanajuato with a keen eye and a camera lens. Every girl took over 100 photographs each day. After the shoot, the group would meet back at Buen Pastor to evaluate the images and select favorites. It was fantastic seeing their enthusiasm and their talent grow throughout the week.
On Saturday evening, November 13th, the girls showed their top five photographs at Antik in Plazuela Baratillo. The group sold 6 prints, totaling $300 pesos.
The following day, friends and family of Buen Pastor's new
photographers were invited for a showing. The girl's images were hung along the main entrance of the internado and received
countless compliments from their families and fellow classmates. It was an emotional show, full of happiness, pride and joy.
Buen Pastor thanks Eric V. Ibarra for reaching out to us and helping
these five girls develop their eye to what is beautiful and widen
their horizons in the empowering world of photography.
Thank you Muskoka Foundation for six new gorgeous cameras and a printer. We'll put all of it to good use!
You can see the girls photographs at Las Fotos Project Facebook.
Service Above Self 11/06/2010
The Rotary Club of Ashland Oregon stopped by Buen Pastor earlier this week to deliver some great news: they've awarded Buen Pastor $6000 USD! We'll be using the money for educational purposes. $300 has been specified to build the library collection.
Ashland, Oregon, is Guanajuato's Sister City. Buen Pastor has been very fortunate to have developed a relationship with our Rotarian friends there.
Las Fotos 11/06/2010
Eric V. Ibarra, the instructor of the Muskoka Foundation
photography program, arrived this Wednesday. Five girls have been selected to participate, and Madre Lourdes will be joining them as she’s always
wanted to know more about photography. Madre Elvira asked Eric if she could take part as well. How can he refuse Madre Elvira?
StoryPlay with eStudio473 10/04/2010
Katie is back and in a new studio with a 10 week workshop for the girls. This time, she's working with the smaller set. On Tuesdays, she is busy creating with the 2nd and 3rd graders. On Wednesdays, it's time for the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to get inventive.
The goal of the workshop is to use existing pieces of Surrealist art to construct personal stories based on those paintings. To read more of this fabulous endeavor and follow the progress, please go to Katie's website, eStudio473.
Video: Ali's Dream 09/12/2010
Little Ali realizes what is most important to her and the girls living at Buen Pastor.
Click here to see the video.
Little Allie can’t pronounce her Rs yet. Madre Berta is trying to teach her how to say Tere.
No, says Madre Berta: Tere.
Tere did not get funded for her social work position this year at Buen Pastor. She is truly the girls' bridge between school, family, and Buen Pastor. Since Tere is indispensable and so perfectly suited to what she does, we are all confident that somehow, she will be provided for.
Harmony Project 08/04/2010
Interested in putting your name in the hat for $4000 USD or hanging out at a beautiful beachfront penthouse with friends? Head over to the Harmony Project and donate to Buen Pastor!
The Harmony Project benefits six non-profits. To support us and possibly win some great prizes, add your raffle tickets to Buen Pastor's cart.
Hi, my name is Juanita and I'm excited about the wonderful things going on at Buen Pastor. I update this blog to share snippets of everyday life here with you. Thanks for stopping by.
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