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Categoría: WISHMAKERS
DO-RE-ME!: our January Wishmakers
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January 28, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that 200 million children fail to reach their full potential by age 5?  UNICEF says it loud and clear on their site dedicated to Early Childhood Development, those first few years of life that are so crucial for their immediate wellbeing and their future. A good foundation in the early years makes a difference through adulthood and even gives the next generation a better start. 

Personalized stories by Mumablue
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December 29, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our Wishmaker this month is Mumablue, a publishing house dedicated to create personalized stories for children. The idea was born as a way to motivate children to read. Cristina Rodríguez Blanco, founding partner of this magical initiative realized that digital media put storybooks at risk. She was also aware of the numerous studies on the importance of reading as a means to develop intellectually, expand horizons and encourage empathy and culture. So she decided to partner up with computer engineer, Manuel Córdoba, and create Mumablue. Later, designer Julio Morales and communications director Ro Venegas joined the team and together they sought to create a reading habit in children through personalized stories, as a way of cultivating future great readers. Because “what child wouldn’t want to travel on a unicorn, speak with gnomes or create magic?,” says Cristina.

Emotional Intelligence with Afectiva, our Wishmakers of the month!
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November 27, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

This month´s Wishmakers are Belén Robles, María García-Parrado and Raquel Burguillo, the three psychologists that founded Afectiva, A School of Emotional and Social Development.  After years of training and experience working with children, teenagers and families, they decided to share their vision of psychology and create this project. Their work method is based on close ties and trust as they want the people who come to the school to feel welcomed and offer them a place where they can express themselves freely. We asked them how parents could develop their children´s emotional intelligence as well as how to best manage emotions, cultivate empathy and avoid bullying.

CONI, our Wishmakers of the month celebrate solitary birthdays
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October 30, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our wishmaker of the month is Alex Sebastián, founder of CONI. This non-profit organization was born among a group of young voluntary workers, who decided to coordinate their skills and focus on Guatemala. CONI, declared as Public Use in 2014, does not receive money from the State. Since their expenses are taken care of in Spain by private members, they guarantee that the support they receive is entirely invested in their projects in Guatemala. Imagination, hope, energy and enthusiasm are the tools they employ to search for new ways to get people involved. Proof of this is muchosmas.org, an original idea with which they propose to turn birthday parties into solidary events, which also teaches our children to be aware of inequalities worldwide. It´s not a question of helping but of having kids participate in the solutions.

Berta Dominguez & Little Big Kids: our Wishmakers this month!
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September 28, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our Wishmaker this month is Berta Dominguez, founder of Little Big Kids, a creative centre for children located in a cosy, magical house in Madrid, Spain. Ascribed to the Spanish Pedagogy Society, their main mission is to develop innovative thematic workshops (ancient Egypt, Sherlock Holmes, Space Adventures, Art, etc.) where the little ones´ imagination and knowledge is stimulated while they learn about respecting the environment. Although Dominguez spent many years helping companies market products to children (Disney was one of her clients), her dream was to set up a company of her own, where she could offer her “vision of how to interact with kids in a more creative and stimulating way.” Five years later, Little Big Kids is a reality and their core curriculum consists of tailored made activities for schools but it also offers a fantastic alternative to the classic birthday parties! Your kids will probably have never experienced something like it before. As the founder says: “there are nothing like it”. Little Big Kids is a wonderful space. Join us by reading our interview and discover Little Big Kids!

This month´s Wishmakers: Common Sense Media
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August 31, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Every month, here at The Toy Blog, we select and interview people who work with and for children. People whose ideas, organizations and projects inspire and help make this world a better place. We call them our Wishmakers. Today, we are excited and very proud to publish our conversation with Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder of Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization, which aims to give all children the opportunity to thrive. How? By informing parents and educators about the media their children consume and about the ever-increasing role of technology in the lives of young people.

Plataforma de Infancia: this month´s Wishmakers
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July 29, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Every month, in our Wishmakers section, we offer you exclusive interviews with people who are passionate about working for and with children. Whether it is inspiring them to make their ideas a reality or travelling to the world´s most dangerous places offering smiles and hope, all of them work hard to make this planet a better place for everyone. Today, we had the chance to speak with Pilar Muñoz Villanueva, the person responsible for Child Participation at Plataforma de Infancia (Childhood Platform, in English). She designs activities so children between the ages of 6 and 17 know their rights and the policies, which affect them. Keep reading to learn more about the work they do, how to speak with your children about their rights and discover some of the surprising insights they come up with, when we listen.

 

Amaya Sáez from Menudos Corazones: Our Wishmaker this month!
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June 15, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that heart disease is the largest congenital pathology suffered in Spain? And that it affects 4.000 children a year in this country. With these numbers, plenty of passion and hard work, a foundation was born with the aim of improving these children´s quality of life. This foundation also helps families prepare for the different stages of the treatment by providing professional teams and the necessary materials they need. But not only this. The non-profit organisation works to cultivate their self-esteem, creativity, imagination and the values children need to become more independent and keep playing. For these reasons and many more, The Toy Blog has interviewed Amaya Sáez, director of Menudos Corazones and this month´s Wishmaker.

emprendeKIDS, our Wishmakers this month!
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May 18, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our wishmaker this month is Rosa Poo, founder of emprendeKIDS (emprender in Spanish means to set about/start something), a learning program destined to encouraging cultural entrepreneurs between the ages of 6 and 16. Before launching this Project, she directed a communication agency oriented towards businesses. In this context, she met many professionals all around the world that got her to think: “Why not make these people more accessible to kids?” That is how she became a pioneer in Spain: by putting children in touch with entrepreneurs. The Project was called Initiator Kids. That was the seed of what is now known as emprendeKIDS, which follows the same principal but now includes educational experts into the equation. Through her summer camps in Cantabria and the emprendeKids Day, children really get to learn what being an entrepreneur really is.

Cuentosmonos are April’s Wishmakers
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April 29, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our Wishmakers this month, Suani Armisen and Ana Caillabet, are the creators of Cuentosmonos, (Spanish for Cute or Monkey Stories) a site full of collaborative stories. But before it all began, both women worked in different fields: Ana on web design and Suani on online training. A casual conversation over lunch with their husbands led them to write a story together to help the Fundación Mona, a non- profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of primates.