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June 2016

June Has All Things New


It has been a whirlwind of change here in La Encantada and Oasis! Summer has come to an end, and we are headed into winter. Students return to school as Building Dignity launches its academic year programming.


So far in 2016, 13 local volunteers have supported our programs with 144 hours of service each week. We have also welcomed international volunteers from around the world. We are especially grateful to the Florida State University Global Scholars Program and Rice University's Loewenstern Fellowship Program for their partnership with Building Dignity.

Together, this incredible team is leading 40 hours of programming each week for over 120 children and young people. Here are some examples of our work:
Volunteer teaching a student guitar
Music Workshops

Thanks to an increase in donations and volunteer support, Building Dignity now offers music classes twice a week in both communities of La Encantada and Oasis. With 8 guitars, 5 violins, and 2 keyboards, we have expanded the number of students we teach and the number of instruments we offer. Local and international volunteers work together to create fun and engaging lessons.

Students creating pre-Incan Sculptures
Art Class

Local volunteer Jean Paul has created an art class where students learn colors, techniques, and expression in traditional Peruvian art.

Jean Paul has been with Building Dignity for almost a year now, and he loves to teach!


Group Photo at the Campsite
Annual Youth Leadership Retreat

This past month, 33 young leaders participated in our third annual youth leadership retreat in Cañete, Peru. This year, the leadership retreat was entirely planned by the Voices of Youth Ambassadors (young leaders 18 years and older). The ambassadors dedicated significant time and effort to making the trip a success!

This year's leadership retreat focused on different types of leaders, enabling participants to identify their unique leadership style. Participants learned how to pitch a business idea, practiced public speaking, and sharpened problem solving techniques. Over cookouts, campfires, and volleyball games, they bonded as a group and built friendships with new participants.

Students playing Multiplication Bingo

Academic Enrichment in Oasis

We are excited to announce the launch of our Academic Enrichment program in the community of Oasis! Created in La Encantada in 2014, Reforzamiento Escolar is a holistic tutoring program that focuses on reading and math skills through interactive learning.

In March 2016, we brought this program to the community of Oasis. Currently 44 students grades 1-6 participate in Academic Enrichment.

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We are grateful for the support our donors have provided so far this year. Without your contributions, we would not be able to support so many students and young people.

We wish to share a special thanks to People's Congressional Church in Bayport, MN for their generous support of Voices of Youth through their Blessing Fund.

Building Dignity / 1622 Hague Ave., St. Paul MN 55104, USA / Phone: +1 651-641-0416 / Email: 
Center for Development with Dignity / La Encantada, Grupo 2, Manzana J, Lote 13, Villa El Salvador, Lima, Peru / Phone: +51-1-287-5307
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