Hurrican Irma relief

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Child’s School Exchanges with Sister Cities, Santa Clara, Cuba and Posoltega, Nicaragua

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, CubAmistad members Gabriella Coolidge and Michelle Henderson gave a presentation about exchanges with our sister cities at the Indiana AATSP meeting in Indianapolis (AATSP = American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). Michelle described how the project of exchanging bookmarks made by students in Bloomington and Santa Clara, Cuba, came about. The idea is to communicate through language and art. The children decorated their bookmarks with drawings and wrote greetings in both Spanish and English. Gaby, the Spanish teacher at Child’s, told about working with her students to create bookmarks, and showed slides with examples of their work (first and second slides below) Bookmarks and art supplies from students at Child’s were delivered to schools in Santa Clara by CubAmistad members in November, and students there sent bookmarks back to Bloomington. Students at Child’s are now making little books for students in Santa Clara (third slide below). Debbi Conkle collaborated with Gaby and her students to facilitate a Skype meeting with students in Posoltega. Students at Child’s asked why many of the Nicaraguan children weren’t wearing shoes. When they learned that many families there are very poor, they spontaneously decided to send them shoes! The fourth slide shows baskets of shoes they have collected.


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May Day 2017 Santa Clara

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CUBAN speaker Gladys CANCELLED

Señora Gladys Abella will be in Bloomington on the afternoon of April 26.
She is eager to engage in discussion with locals (through an interpreter) regarding the current state of US Cuba relations from Cuba’s perspective. The event is open to the public and we encourage you to attend. This is a unique opportunity
to learn more about the embargo/blockade and the occupation of Guantanamo.

4pm April 26 Hooker Room. 2nd floor City Hall/Showers.
401 No. Morton. Bloomington IN.

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Cuban Henry Reeve Contingent Granted Public Health Award

Tuesday, 31 January, 2017.
The prize is awarded once a year, and will be delivered during the 70th World Health Assembly, scheduled from May 22nd to 31rd in Geneva

The World Health Organization (WHO) has awarded today the Henry Reeve Cuban Medical Contingent, in recognition of its international solidarity efforts to confront natural disasters and serious epidemics.

The 140th session of the WHO Executive Board has unanimously decided, a statement from the Havana embassy in Geneva said.

Established in 2009, the Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health has recognized the work of people, institutions and organizations with a significant contribution in the field of public health.

The ceremony for the Henry Reeve contingent awards the solidarity work carried out in several countries affected by natural disasters, as well as more than 250 Cuban specialists who worked in African nations during the dangerous Ebola epidemic.

The diplomatic communique recalls that this brigade was constituted on September 19th, 2005 in Havana by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Since then, about 7,254 Cuban medical collaborators worked in 19 nations (twice in Haiti and Chile), the note said.

The awarding ceremony will take place during the 70th World Health Assembly, scheduled from May 22nd to 31rd in Geneva.


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2017

CubAmistad held a workshop, “El Arte y el Camino a la Equidad” (Art and the Path to Equity), at the Monroe County Public Library on January 16, 2017. Students and others were invited to use recycled materials to make books, posters, and displays illustrating some of Dr. King’s ideas. In the photos below, CubAmistad members Velma Davis, Cynthia Roberts, Taylor Roberts, Michelle Henderson, and Gabriele Coolidge pose with workshop participants.

Teacher Gabriele Coolidge (Child’s Elementary School} and pupils.

Students working on their projects.


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Visit to Santa Clara, November 2016

Meeting with Santa Clara mayor, Señora Yaritza Camacho Caballero

Visit to library, Biblioteca José Martí, to present books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Escuela Octavio de la Concepción de la Pedraja, an elementary school (grades 1-6).  We met with students from grades 4, 5 and 6.

Escuela Fructoso Rodriguez Perez, a school that serves students who are deaf, blind or with low vision, or in need of speech therapy.

Monuments commemorating decisive battles led by Che Guevara.

Baseball Game

Sunday Morning Market

Santa Clara Central Plaza

Transportation: bicycle taxis, horse-drawn taxis, vintage cars . . .

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