Dear Parents, we would like to share with you the most recent mail we recieved from the Headmistress at Jardín 915 del Delta after our last visit there on October 8th:
HI SILVINA, WE ARE CLOSING A LOT OF PROJECTS AND WE HAVE A LOT OF PAPERWORK TO HAND IN, THAT IS WHY I WASN´T ABLE TO WRITE TO YOU SOONER TO THANK YOU, THE CHILDREN AND THE TEACHERS FOR THE DAY WE SHARED. THE CHILDREN HERE KEEP ASKING WHEN YOUR NEXT VISIT IS, THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S A LONG TIME AWAY.
THANK YOU SILVINA FOR YOUR INTERVENTION PAIRED WITH VÍNCULOS, THE SCHOOLS' FAMILIES AND ALL THE TEACHERS WHO STOOD ALONG WITH US THIS YEAR. WHAT YOU GAVE US IS A LOT AND THERE AREN'T ENOUGH WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE, YOU HELP US GO THROUGH A PATH IN WHICH WE SOMETIMES FEEL VERY ALONE, BUT YOUR CONSTANT SUPPORT AND COMPANY GIVE US THE ENERY TO KEEP GOING, FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR CHILDREN.
LIKE EVERY YEAR, I MUST ASK IF YOU COULD ORGANIZE THE SOLIDARITY TOY DONATION SO THAT WE CAN HAVE SANTA'S VISIT IN DECEMBER.
THANK YOU FOR SO MUCH LOVE...
Dear parents, we would like to share with you this thank you letter we received from the Parooquia SAn Martin de Porres regarding our schools' solidarity gesture in Easter.
Dear families: We want to share with you this email that we recieved from the Headmaster in Jardín 915 del Delta.
Her words give us an idea of the dimension that the donations that we receive from you for easter have on them.
DEAR EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY, I HAVE NO WORDS TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR COLLABORATION. THE LIBRARY MATERIALS WILL ALLOW US TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON OUR PLANNED PROJECTS AND WHAT CAN I SAY REGARDING THE FOOD, IT WILL LET US ADJUST OUR VERY TIGHT MENU. YOU HAVE NO IDEA THE FACES OF THE KIDS WHEN THEY SAW ALL OF THE BOXES. AND WE WERE VERY HAPPY AS WELL, IT WAS A GREAT DAY IN OUR SCHOOL.
I ASK THAT YOU THANK ALL OF YOUR KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION, WHICH IN THIS VERY UNBALANCED STRUGGLE WHICH WE FACE EVERY DAY, IS A HUGE WHIRLWIND OF HOPE FOR US. ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
I AM AT YOUR COMPLETE DISPOSAL IN ORDER TO PLAN YOUR STUDENTS VISIT TO OUR SCHOOL.
WITH LOVE, ADRIANA MONTERO.
We share with you the letter we recieved from the Headmaster of the Jardín 915 del Delta:
I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU AND MAKE SURE OUR GRATITUDE REACHES ALL OF YOUR COMMUNITY IN ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS SCHOOL, FOR THE DONATIONS WE RECIEVED OF FOOD, BOOKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES.
ONCE AGAIN, I CAN'T EXPRESS ENOUGH WHAT ALL OF YOUR COLLABORATION MEANS TO US. IT ALLOWS US TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN A BETTER NUTRITION. IT ALSO HELPS US MAKE SHORTER THE DISTANCE AND DISADVANTAGES THAT WE SEE AND LIVE THROUGH EVERY DAY. IT HELPS US HAVE A LITTLE TRANQUILITY AND NOT HAVE TO DO "MAGIC" IN ORDER FOR OUR STUDENTS TO BE OKAY AND THAT THAT EQUALITY OF CONDITIONS THAT WE HAER OF SO FREQUENTLY CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN.
THANK YOU ETERNALLY!! FROM AL OF THE COMMUNITY AT JARDIN 915.
This letter was written by one of our Secondary students, Azul, who participated in the Community Service Trip to Delta al Jardín 915 Chaná Miní.
My experience in the Jardín de infantes del Delta:
Wednesday morning, I got up very early to go to school. From there we departed with some classmates, parents, and Miss Agus to the boat terminal that would take us to Tigre. The trip on the communal boat was quite long but it was worth making the sacrifice of getting up so early.
Our arrival was very gratifying for all of us who travelled there. The day we arrived we painted all of the schools' walls and part of the playground, as well as the front stairs. It was incredible seeing the difference made with the walls in just a few hours. The second day we used it to finish the playground, the back part of the stairs and retouch the walls and doors.
All of the people in the school were very welcoming and kind. On the last day, at noon, we prepared a barbecue to which we all gathered around with all of the kids. They were so sweet and polite that when their teachers gave them their food, they would sit down quietly to start eating. I was marvelled with how well educated they are.
All set to part in the communal boats, I had a feeling of inner joy and wellness for having been able to help them paint their school. Watching the kids' faces as they saw their improved school and the teachers' joy and happines, delighted with our work, was unique. Once I was on the boat I found myself seated unexpecteadly beside one of the schools¡ students (Nelly) and her brother, who were going back to their home. We started talking and she asked why we had gone to the school. She saw us as we downloaded some of the toys earlier and I explained we went there to paint them. I was surprised when she wanted to invite me over to her house and said that she had a present for me. The present was a kiss. This moved me so much! Finally, Nelly got off the boat with her brother. Their mother was waiting for them at the dock. In that moment I had the urge to meet all of her family and to keep collaborating and donating with my time. I hope I can go back to Delta or to another school to be able to keep helping others. I want to thank my school and Vínculos for the opportunity of proving to myself that I can be solidary.
Leticia Salvetti, Headmistress of the Delta Community wrote:
Hello Monica and please say hello to the VÍNCULOS group.
Let me tell you that we were talking with the kids and with all the staff about your visit. The feedback was very positive indeed.
The kids remembered how your students recognized their names and how they communicated on a very personal basis. The play was a remarkable trigger for an activity that was new to them and even stimulated dialogue with the youngest ones.
The staff felt the respect and accompaniment shown by the students, an unusual situation even within my limited experience on the island, which tells me that it is not an easy thing for them to feel this kind of closeness.
I would like to emphasise our appreciation of the cards written by your children. Our students pinned them up on our blackboard; those details really get to the children in this community and they are very grateful. We read them one by one; the children were enthusiastic and picked which one they wanted to keep. We left the cards in the classroom and they will eventually take them home, because that is what they wish.
I hope your visit met your expectations. I believe it did as I recall what we talked about on that occasion.
Hugs to you all and let’s keep in touch within the very appropriately named “link” you started on the island.
A warm embrace to all of you – mothers, teachers and students!
Letters from the Headmistress and the teacher of No. 625 Kindergarten, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento from Bella Italia in the Province of Santa Fe
We are really happy here, because it is not often we get a visit like yours.
We simply loved the group of students and teachers and we wish to offer you, your husband and your daughter our congratulations.
To see this group of enthusiastic and joyful students, so ready to please through their work, companionship and charisma, filled us with happiness
Thank you so much for everything you did.
I also want to share with you that repair work begins tomorrow with the washing and painting of the outside walls of the school; I am thinking of asking the municipal authorities for some earth to cover up and smooth the school playground.
Please give my best regards and a warm handshake to all the others.
Hello Silvina and mums in VÍNCULOS,
How is everything over there?
Here, we still remember the wonderful days we spent together.
The same as you, we also feel our hearts overflowing with emotion and happiness at having shared such an enriching experience.
The children constantly recall something that happened at that time and they want to know when you will be back, even though we have explained that you are very far away.
Today we saw the lovely photos Cata sent, so please thank her and Magui and Laura, who astounded us with their warmth, modesty and generosity, just like you and your wonderful family did.
Please hug all the children who came (and obviously all who could not make the trip) on our behalf. Silvia, Vale and I repeatedly talked about how willing they were, how hard they worked and how they spared no caring attention to our little ones. We run short of words to describe what we experienced when we were together. There are some things that one can only feel but not express…
We promise to keep in touch with you, Silvi, and please give Pao regards from Pili, who always remembers her.
Lots and lots of love, from Corina and Silvia