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4,834 teachers have been trained with the “Aula 20” program

Warao indigenous children are benefited with our “Alternative Classrooms”

...growing up is an act of love Aseinc executes a new program in vulnerable communities in Zulia, Táchira, Miranda, Capital District, Bolívar, and Delta Amacuro.

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The purpose of this digital publication is to communicate the work we carry out in vulnerable communities in Venezuela, promoting the well-being of children and adolescents, through the implementation of our programs, which we make possible thanks to the determined support of each of the sponsors and volunteers that support our work.

Board of Directors María Carolina Orsini President. Foundress María E. Rodríguez First Vice President. Foundress Diana Acosta Executive Secretary. Foundress

Issue No 1 Caracas, Venezuela 2021


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CONTENT 5.......

Editorial When you decide to grow By María Carolina Orsini

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Making history 12 years training and transforming

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We advance

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Aula20

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Transformed lives Interview with Sister Elia Rodríguez

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Moments Favorites of the month

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Present Day

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The Fact

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Aseinc in HundrEd

Nos Vemos en la Escuela NVELE (See You Back In School)

Program Instalación y Desarrollo de Capacidades en las Comunidades (IDCC), (Installation and Capacity Building in the Communities)

Latin American WASH Regional Group Event and R4V


A few words from...

MARÍA CAROLINA ORSINI PRESIDENT / FOUNDRESS

“One of the most beautiful things that has happened to us in the last 12 years of our journey has been growth”

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When you decide to grow ASEINC started as an idea, then it was registered legally. We dreamed, dared and grew into tangible projects, all thanks to strength and determination, perseverance and the faith of those of us who have led it during these years; and more importantly, to those who have placed their gifts and hearts. When you grow up, you begin to demonstrate what you have learned, you start to marvel at what you are capable of, and what you dare to do. When you grow up, you learn to ask for help and learn to value teamwork because you can no longer do everything on your own. You need support, and that implies maturity and detachment, although sometimes it frightens or makes you feel insecure since not everything depends on you. You must start trusting and letting go. You must believe in those people you have trained and for whom you were a role model. Those whom you have inspired and for whom you are a reference. Above all, you must trust that what you believe is what you attract. That’s why the best always arrives! Nowadays we went from being nine to being hundreds. From working from home to having our headquarters in Caracas, and we are already thinking that this is not enough. We started with a project and we currently have eight. We were in three states of the country and now our programs are carried out in ten. We have coordinations, departments, management. We even had to divide the country into sectors, because we are going for more! And why do we dare to do that? As I said, growing up is an act of love. God is behind all growth since everything that grows is because it was cultivated in good soil. The soil of each heart of the people who are part, were part, and are yet to become part of this team. We have planted the seed of knowledge, creativity, humanity, and the commitment for honest and necessary work. Love for a country that, although it is in intensive care, we know is alive and has hope. This is the reason why we continue growing. Because we love every kid, adolescent, family, and teacher from this country. We grow because of them and for them. Because a country without education, without training, without hope is destined for destruction. This is why we educate, train, and protect. Every growth step is a path towards the light, and towards the country that our boys and girls deserve. Thank you for continuing to believe in this proposal. Thank you for continuing to grow with us. Thank you because wherever you go…

You are ASEINC!

Marolíaina Car

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MAKING HISTORY Aseinc

Twelve years - Training and Transforming Our work is focused on a comprehensive approach to vulnerable schools and communities, with emphasis on the areas of training of human talent, face-to-face and distance education; child protection, food security, water, and sanitation.

The Sustainable Development Goal number 4 (SDG 4) of the 2030 Agenda, decreed by the United Nations in 2015 and entering into force in 2016, means a commitment that involves governments, civil society, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. In Venezuela, the Association for the Development of Comprehensive Education and Communities - Aseinc, was aligned with this commitment long before the United Nations set out this roadmap. The educational gap that affects our educational system was the key that prompted eight Venezuelan educators, with extensive trajectory, to take the reins to contribute to the design of quality education.

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zález joined a Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership’s (DCGEP) extensive teacher training initiative that fostered the use of didactic videos to complement curricular objectives in the classroom.

Currently, it is deployed in ten states that cover western, central and eastern Venezuela.

For these three professionals, it turned out to be an unforgettable and shocking experience to meet first-hand the harsh reality of public schools and communities in slums and urban areas of Venezuela. When DCGEP completed the three year program in Venezuela and left to other Latin American latitudes, they had the unpleasant experience of being disconnected from the work they were passionate about. However, the three ladies were able to take advantage of the moment to design their own teacher training project.

In 2005, María Carolina Orsini, Diana Acosta, and Grace Gon-

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Gathering experiences From this experience, María Carolina Orsini, Diana Acosta, and Grace González gathered their best practices and capacities and invited other colleagues with great experience to join: Isabel Diez, Elizabeth Campos, María Elvira Rodríguez, María Teresa Sciacca, Mireyana Puchi, and María Eugenia Muñoz. They put all their efforts to carry out a new project to continue their work in less benefited communities. On March 19, 2009, they formally created what is now known as the Aseinc (Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Educación Integral y Comunitaria - Association for the Development of Comprehensive

Education and Communities), to train and transform lives through education.

children and young people about the importance of environment preservation.

In the beginning, Aseinc reached remote and low-income communities, training teachers with didactic tools and accompanied their progress to ensure quality education in schools.

The educators were so assertive with the integration of IT tools into their teaching practices that soon after the program was implemented, it was recognized with the Venezuelan Henry Ford Foundation’s 4th Ecological Merit Award during the 2009 Ideas Contest. This was a great boost to position the Ecot program and to attract its first sponsor, Chevron.

Later on, with the new Venezuelan Organic Law of Education that promoted the usage and development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Aseinc created the Ecot program, that aimed to train primary and early education teachers in public schools in the usage of technological tools combined with the development of environmental content, to raise awareness among

Expanding knowledge

As of today, Aseinc has created five programs. UNICEF has recognized Aseinc as one of their implementer partners in child protection programs for Venezuela.

Aseinc was founded 12 years ago and is implementing programs in 10 states, covering western, central, and eastern Venezuela. Aseinc’s programs are focused on improving living conditions of children and adolescents. This objective is addressed by strengthening teachers’ skills in the areas of face-to-face and distance education, and training parents and caregivers in developmental and emergency contexts. Our association provides a comprehensive approach to schools and communities, with emphasis on the areas of child protection, human talent training, and school nutrition. It also promotes hygiene, water and sanitation practices, and the training of community promoters. Aseinc defends the right to education, works to protect the psychological and physical integrity of children and adolescents, and strives to provide quality, equitable and inclusive education, as established in SDG 4:

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

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Through the program NOS VEMOS EN LA ESCUELANVELE (See You Back in School)

Aseinc has Alternative Classrooms for students left out of the school system. The challenges of schooling are currently affecting a significant number of children and adolescents in Venezuela. Uncertain times due to the difficult socio-economic situation, have caused the premature abandonment of school. The child population is the most affected by the crisis. Aseinc understands the need and urgency to attend this population that has been unable to remain in the formal education system. In 2019, Aseinc joined the Venezuelan Education Cluster with other international organizations and national authorities, aiming to address, improve and guarantee the rights to education through different projects. From this initiative the NVELE program was born with the sponsorship of Unicef and Education Cannot Wait (ECW). NVELE started in February 2020, creating alternative classrooms to provide school reinforcement for out-of-school children in urban and rural vulnerable

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and high-risk communities. The main objective, to return these children back into the formal education system through the guidance of a Community Facilitator. After the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, NVELE is also reaching students enrolled in the formal education system that are currently suffering the impact of school closures. NVELE integrates parents and caregivers considering the importance of their support for schoolwork at home and has become one of the programs with the greatest impact and reach. Aseinc is currently seeking sponsors to reactivate the program and continue with the educational support and reintegration of children and adolescents into the school system.

Psychosocial and Food Support Nos Vemos en la EscuelaNVELE, in addition to offering school reinforcement, provides psychosocial care and food kits to each of the beneficiary families It also includes the implementation of sanitation and hygiene standards with the delivery of hand disinfection kits and educational talks to promote personal hygiene

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It was implemented from February to December 2020. States:

Zulia, Miranda, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro, Tachira, and Capital District.

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facilitators trained Classrooms 86 Alternative created.

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12,287 children and adolescents.

24,191 people assisted with psychosocial support.

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Access to ICT is also present Aula20 is Aseinc´s integral teacher training program that has had the greatest impact in vulnerable schools located in rural and urban slums. Thanks to the sponsorship of Chevron Venezuela, it has been deployed uninterruptedly in less benefited communities for the past 11 years. Since 2012 to date, 171 schools have been reached, 4,834 teachers trained, impacting more than 166,687 students and 684,926 indirect beneficiaries from different communities. Aula20 offers quality and updated training for public school preschool and K-6 teachers working in low-income and rural areas, using innovative teaching and learning strategies. Aula20 facilitates innovative pedagogical and didactic approaches to teach reading, writing and mathematics, using information technologies (IT) as a learning enhancer tool. In addition, integrates training activities to design, implement, and evaluate community plans and projects. Aula20 includes constant training, activities and follow-up

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Aula20 was created by Aseinc to improve preschool and K-6 teacher’s preparation using learning strategies for language and mathematics during a 3 year period, strengthens school managers’ capacities, develops youth leadership, fosters ecological awareness. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aula20 was readapted to train teachers in planning and evaluation under the dis-

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tance education modality. This process is supported by the implementation of didactic strategies that can be carried out in both, presence education or developed at home. A total of 390 Aula20 workbooks and more than a thousand electronic flyers were delivered. In partnership with the Traki Foundation, Aula20 included the endowment of a technological incentive, which consists of a pendrive and mobile recharge cards to break the communication gap between teachers, students, and parents/caregivers.

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Currently, Aula20 is being deployed in

the Capital District, Anzoátegui and Zulia states.

For the past 11 years it has been uninterruptedly sponsored by Chevron Venezuela

Achievements from 2012 to date:

have participa171 schools ted in the program

4,834

teachers trained

166,687 students from public school benefited

684,926

indirect beneficiaries from the communities participating

In 2015, Chevron was recognized by the Global Petroleum Show for its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by sponsoring Aula20 and allowing it to continue training teachers.

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We remain committed to the indigenous people

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Elia del Valle Rodríguez Pérez

belongs to the Tucupita congregation of the Hermanas Terciarias Capuchinas de la Sagrada Familia. She feels a great love for the Warao indigenous children and cares about their well-being.

The indigenous children and adolescents are part of the Aseinc’s priorities. Our NGO promotes and defends the rights of indigenous peoples to receive a quality education with an inclusive and equitable approach. An education which provides them with the general knowledge and necessary skills to fully participate with equal conditions in their surroundings. It is well known that schooling opportunities for the child population of Venezuelan indigenous families remain scarce. Due to the high rates of poverty faced, indigenous peoples are constantly subjected to exclusion and hopelessness to enjoy a full life. Our program Nos Vemos en la Escuela (NVELE- See You Back in School), bases its actions on inclusive pedagogy to favor indigenous communities.Du-

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ring 2020, its execution in Delta Amacuro (where part of this indigenous community is located), threw very satisfactory results. The benefit reached more than 33 children and young people of the Warao ethnic group, between 5 and 14 years old, who belong to the Janokosebe community. This community is located on the national highway between the Agua Negra and Carapal of Tucupita sectors. Sister Elia del Valle Rodríguez Pérez, was born in the region 36 years ago and now belongs to the congregation of Hermanas Terciarias Capuchinas de la Sangrada Familia.

During seven months, Elia Rodríguez acted as a Community Facilitator for the NVELE program. With the onset of the pandemic, she sought a better way for the process of teaching: to continue teaching from the streets and through parents. She left behind behind all kinds of formalities. She decided to stand in the middle of the Yakerawitu Avenue with a poster in her hands, to communicate the activities that children had to develop at home.

Rodríguez is the deputy director of the Yakariyene school and has set her heart and her abilities to serve and bring hope to indigenous families.

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“Understanding the conditions of our indigenous children, I quickly thought about a way of helping them. I standed up in the streets. If God had blessed me with the ability and gifts to teach, it was on me to give these gifts and help those in most need” - said Rodríguez How has been your experience with Aseinc? -When I started as a Community Facilitator, I had the opportunity to get to know the communities I was going to work with. I visited their homes, met the children, and saw their living conditions. There, I could see the great desire that they had to learn. For me, it was a great challenge to teach them.

What was the most rewarding thing that you experienced at that time? - With great rejoice, I was able to contemplate the transformation of the lives of the Warao children with whom I worked. Witnessing a change in their lives fills me with encouragement to continue. I want to deeply thank God for allowing me to be an Aseinc facilitator. My prayer is that more organizations emerge in order to provide support to these types of projects, since educating is the key to achieving the country that we all want.

Which was the response from the community? -The community provided support throughout the process. Before the pandemic, one of the benefited families from the program facilitated a roof in front of their house to set a classroom for the children. Each child had a chair, and the one who did not have it, he or she would receive one from another family. This way, we were able to advance.

On behalf of the Warao family, Rodríguez expressed her appreciation for this program that she appreciates and wishes to continue in the Janokosebe community.

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Delivery of vests and cell phones to community promoters.

Characterization of communities.

Training of community promoters to the program Instalación y Desarrollo de Capacidades en las Comunidades.

MMOOM S MEENNTTS Delivery of Workbooks to Aula20 schools.

Facilitator Aula20 with teacher and parents or representatives of the indigenous school.

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Children in a corner in Aula20 and doing their homework. / Children in Aula20 doing their homework.

Beneficiaries of the programs.

First virtual monitoring Aula20.

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P R E S E N T D A Y

With the program Instalación y Desarrollo de Capacidades (Set and Development of Capacities)

Aseinc educates communities instilling new values In this first phase, the program is carried out in the Capital District, Zulia, Táchira, Miranda, Bolívar, and Delta Amacuro states.

With the technical support of Unicef, Aseinc, has placed 200 community promoters in areas of Venezuela known for their high levels of vulnerability, to carry out the program Instalación y Desarrollo de Capacidades. It aims to positively impact on situations that affect the psychological, emotional, and physical life, not only of children and adolescents but also of their families and surrounding environments. The program establishes direct dialogues with the communities, while spreading massive messages, sharing ideas, values, and knowledge to eradicate certain negative norms and behaviors such as physical abuse, school dropout, among others.

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Aseinc’s Director of Operations, Diana Acosta, explained that the focus of the new program is to raise awareness and create capacity building, for which two hundred promoters -who live in the same communities reached- were trained to teach various topics, through small workshops and using digital tools. The modules are oriented to health and hygiene, breastfeeding and nutrition, protection, and the importance of education. Each module is subdivided into topics related to prevention, including COVID-19, the importance of childhood vaccination, best practices of handwashing, water purification, correct food handling, deworming, exclusive breastfeeding, violence based on gender, prevention of child abuse, positive parenting, and the importance of education.

The contents presented through practical exercises, promote community participation and lead to individual and collective transformation. For the first phase, which began in early June 2021, the program is being implemented in the Capital District, Zulia, Táchira, Miranda, Bolívar, and Delta Amacuro states. This is the first time that Aseinc executes a program in the area of communication for development. We wish the whole team great success ahead!

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Estrategias Didácticas para la Enseñanza de la Matemática (Didactic Strategies to Teach Mathematics) is aimed at teachers, parents, and caregivers. In the book, they will find a large number of activities to allow them to approach mathematics in a didactic, simple and fun way. This publication was created by Aseinc’s pedagogical team and specialists. It contains a game log and didactic material adapted to the age and academic level.


Latin American WASH Regional Group Event and R4V

Latin American WASH Regional Group Event and R4V To join efforts to strengthen plans and policies that involve the WASH’s needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the region, the event called Nexo HumanitarioDesarrollo para la Migración Venezolana (Humanitarian Nexus-Development for the Venezuelan Migration) took place in May 2021. This meeting, which virtually brought together 258 participants, was organized by the Latin American WASH Regional Group, together with the WASH Sector of the InterAgency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.

Concerned about the lack of access to clean water, the general approach of the event was focused on the search for an immediate solution for the countries of Latin America, for which an investment of 42.4 million dollars is required, in order to satisfy the need for a source of safe drinking water for Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

To expand this information, we invite you to visit the following link: https://mailchi.mp/a201b677331f/wash-lac-thank-you

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Our programs Nos Vemos en la Escuela (NVELE - See you Back in School), Aula20, and Aulas de Paz (Peace Classroom) can be found in @hundred_org The HundrEd platform allows us to position ourselves into the international panorama. It also increases our scope to continue addressing children and adolescents in an integral way, incorporating parents and caregivers, providing support through education, nutrition, hygiene and psychological support.

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