Residencial Libertad Bilingual Program
In 2015 SAHF acquired a grant from the Moneygram Foundation to initiate a pilot program to teach English to Kindergarten and Elementary School children at Residencial Libertad’s school complex. This allowed us to test in a private-public school, the acceptance of English as a new subject and the progress achieved by children with the methodology of communicative approach. This methodology provides results in the short term and is more effective as it allows to acquire the language gradually and in the context in which they develop in their daily life.
In 2017, SAHF assumed the investment of the English program for approximately 1,200 students, as well as the rest of the intervention at Residencial Libertad, convinced that maintaining this program provides a qualitative leap in the development of children and young people from a stigmatized community.
With this program, students receive five hours a week of language through a methodology that incorporates the use of audiovisual and dynamic resources in which students develop the ability to speak and write in the English language. At the end of the school year, the students develop an “Achievement Fair” in which they demonstrate the acquired skills and advances through exhibitions on topics of daily life such as: their family, their community, their life plans, among others.
The focus of the English program is functional communicative and seeks the active participation of the student, according to their grade level.
• Kindergarten: in this first stage contact and
familiarization with the language occurs
through the development of understanding
and identification of vocabulary and the
production of simple sentences.
• Elementary and Junior High School:
strengthening of vocabulary and basic
development of the grammatical skills
students need to construct simple sentences.
• High School: Strengthening the grammatical
competence for the construction of messages
that allows students to ask simple questions.
Proyecto País is the newest human development program being implemented by our in-country sister organization FUSAL and being supported by SAHF in the United States. Its main objective is to build together with the community, an environment of harmony and peaceful coexistence in the context of primary social violence prevention.
This is achieved through recreational activities or sports in public spaces, as a stimulus, for children 6-18 years of age from various communities. Currently active in six communities with over 18,110 kids in participation.
On site are expert teams of psychologists that guide them and help them to start transforming their personal reality, strengthen their self-esteem and other areas of positive development such as autonomy, tolerance, capacity for decision-making, among others. In a community level, they work with assertiveness skills for conflict resolution and social commitment, to name a few.