Health & Hygeine
Many of the children adopted by Casa de Milagros arrive malnourished
often with infections of the skin, bronchitis, tuberculosis,
rickets, or chronic intestinal infections. Initially upon arrival
each child will receive basic health assessments, hygiene and
nutrition in order to restore their health.
Public School Education The children are integrated into the mainstream school system
while receiving an additional education at home by trained instructors.
In order to help the children strengthen their academic skills
and ease their transition into the school system, a professor
from a local school conducts tutoring sessions at Casa de Milagros
once a week. This is of utmost importance to their educational
success as many of the children at Casa de Milagros have not
attended school for several years or have never been enrolled
Performing Arts Casa de Milagros teaches individual development through an
extensive arts program. This program incorporates performance,
music and the fine arts. Every Saturday the children at Casa
de Milagros take part in a performance class taught by Nino Clemente,
a certified teacher originally from Peru. To strengthen community
relations as well as to spread its resources, the Casa de Milagros
invites children from the local community to attend this class.
Through self-expression, the children bolster their self-confidence
and get the exercise and movement that children need to be healthy.
Their latest performance reenacts an ancient Incan folktale thus
teaching the children the history of their culture.
|Casa de Milagros shows the children and the community
that they don't have to be hungry or malnourished. Organic farming
and permaculture are practiced on the premises at all times.
Permaculture, a technique that is growing in worldwide recognition,
involves conserving as much precious water as possible while
utilizing all of nature’s resources completely. The result
is land that can be cultivated year after year providing a secure
source of food and income for the people. Having the knowledge
of permaculture, the people will have a decreased need for outside
resources resulting in a decreased level of family disintegration.
All of the children at Casa de Milagros have an active role in
growing the food and herbs, learning from the staff members who
are trained in permaculture.|
The Casa de Milagros provides the children with classes in
art, often tying these classes into the music and performance
that they are working on at the time. Resident Art Director,
Fernando Cano, a native of Peru, teaches the children to make
masks and costumes for their plays with paper mache and many
other mediums. The kids have worked with vegetable stamping,
collage, water colors, drawing and paper folding. Plans for
future projects include working with ceramics, silk screening,
batik and bead work.
Skills such as carpentry, cooking, weaving, and gardening
are also taught on the premises by the staff at Casa de Milagros.
Knowledge of these valuable trade skills will assist the children
in finding employment as adults as well as build their self-confidence.
The Casa de Milagros will also establish workshops where the
children will pursue apprenticeship programs to help assist
in this employment process. Additionally, by participating
in the maintenance of Casa de Milagros' facilities, the children
learn how to manage and maintain Casa de Milagros so that it
may continue its mission for future generations.