¡ASISTA!

Association for Support of Indigenous Schools Throughout the Americas.

 

2004-2006 Projects

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Argentina

During the summer of 2006, Rita Wirkala led a study group to Argentina. The travelers visited a community center in the outskirts of the city of Buenos Aires. The center is maintained by Voluntario Global, a community based organization, which creates volunteer projects. Voluntario Global works on grassroots development in shantytowns surrounding Buenos Aires, the capital city. Their main objective is to promote lasting changes in the lives of the segregated families.

ASISTA! Donation Funds, in the amount of $800, allowed the crucial purchase of a new bread machine for the center, thus replacing the old broken one.


 
   
     

Washington State, USA

In 2005, ASISTA! traveled to the town of Granger, Washington for a donation of bilingual books for children, as part of its effort to help the under funded schools of Latin American indigenous children.  This time we selected a school in Washington, because it perfectly met the conditions for an ideal recipient of our donations. The name of the school is Roosevelt Elementary, (509) 854 1515. Granger is 3 hours East from Seattle and 25 miles from Yakima.  In the school, 94.7% of the children live at the poverty level, (based on their number in the free meals program) and 85.7% of the children are Hispanic. There is also an Early Childhood Center at the school, whose emphasis is on early reading for pre-schoolers.

ASISTA! bought 80 sets of books from Hoopoebooks. Each set had a bilingual story and CD, plus a guide for the parents.

The director of the Center, Graciela Valencia, invited us back on October 20th for a meeting with Latino parents, to make a presentation for the donation of the books. We talked about the beauties of reading to small children in their native language, and the importance of increasing literacy among the Hispanic population there. The meeting was a success, as many parents were eager to ask questions and showed an authentic desire to help in their children’s educations.


   

Our work is totally voluntary, and 100% of the funds raised go directly to our projects.
Any monetary contribution will be deposited in our bank account, under the name ASISTA!

Contact:

ASISTA!
18318 Meridian Ave. N.
Shoreline WA 98133


Updated 12/1/06
Contact: Rita Wirkala

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