Iniciatives for the covid-19 pandemic and lock down.
March - June 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our community is suffering. We have been helping specially the children and families of Danza Que Da Esperanza/Dance That Gives Hope. These are some of our initiatives.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, poor people in the world not only are facing serious health risks, but also very serious economic crisis.
Our community is suffering and the families of Danza Que Da Esperanza / Dance That Gives Hope are dealing with having no income, no food, no safe access to potable water and other basic necessities.
We have been helping specially those close to us; the children of Danza Que da Esperanza and their families. The following are some of our actions and contributions to our community...
Every week, our staff and volunteers buy groceries, pack and distribute the packages to all the families of our foundation and some of the most needy families in the community.
We also distribute hot fresh meals, in this way we know that, at least, once a week the children are having hot nutritious food*
From March to November 2020 we have also moved three of the children that normally live in terrible conditions to other lodgings temporarily. This helps the children and their families to be safe, but also makes sure that they have a computer and internet connection, so they may continue with the activities of the program.
Academic & emotional support
We were giving the scholars of DQDE academic and emotional support online by WhatsApp groups or by phone. Every day we ensure that the families are well and have food to eat. If a child does not attend a virtual class we immediately contact them to check why and see if there is something we can do to help.
We moved our dance lessons to virtual classes daily. Three of ours students have additional personalized sessions and coaching with the teachers online and face-to-face time at our school once a week. Prior to the pandemic these students had received scholarships to attend courses in Washington, Florida, New York and Winnipeg, in Canada. This is the reason why they have an extra coaching time.
The pandemic will pass, and we will return to the classrooms, with undoubtedly many changes. To be ready for when that happens, we need to make changes to our installations and schedules etc. at the studio.
We need to install big extractors in the studios prior to beginning classes "post-pandemic". The class schedules are also changing, to allow for fewer students per class and a longer break between classes for cleaning and sanitizing. This implies more hours of classes per teacher and a higher payroll. We also hope scholarships earned by our students will still be available "after" the pandemic and that the students will be able to attend classes in the US.
Finally, we want to give our sincere thanks to all of our sponsors; all this would not be possible without them. A new time will come, until it does, we will continue spreading hope through generosity and dance.