S.O.S - Save Our School - Costa Rica - HeartSong, A Community of Free Learners
~In Heredia, Costa Rica~
**(Versión en español aboajo)**
My name is Maia Madrigal. I am from Costa Rica and I am 15 years old.
Starting in 2017 I helped my mom Heather and her partner Janiva as they volunteered their time and love to create an amazing new school. Together, we opened a thriving learning community where we are free to be ourselves and learn real skills to overcome the crises of our world.
It started as a dream...that turned into a plan...that manifested into a reality. HeartSong is our contribution to a better world. It is how we put love into action. Against all odds, Heartsong, A Community of Free Learners was born to heal the pain so many children like me feel in the conventional school system.
HeartSong is living proof that it is possible for children to learn with joy, creativity, and freedom, while still meeting all of the traditional academic milestones.
Instead of sitting in rows of desks, we have freedom of movement. Instead of authoritative rules, rewards and punishments, we learn how to resolve conflicts and create sustainable solutions and living agreements. Instead of the anxiety and stress of tests and grades, we celebrate learning with collaborative and individual projects and presentations. We have a voice and are seen and appreciated for who we are, instead of having to fit into someone else's expectations for us.
In addition to academic subjects, we learn life skills like mindfulness, music, art, carpentry, weaving, organic gardening, yoga, and cooking. Most importantly, we are encouraged to think creatively, question everything, and connect with our interests, talents and passions.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HeartSong is in great danger of shutting down and breaking the hearts of the children whose lives are transformed by this incredible project.
Either we raise the funds we need to stay alive, or HeartSong will be forced to close. If we fail, the HeartSong children and I will have to go back to the conventional system where conformity, obedience, and stress are the norm, and all of our wonderful teachers and staff will become unemployed.
So much love, generosity, and hard work have been donated to bring this dream to life. Now more than ever we need generous people like you to stand with us to protect the human rights of children in education and the essence of childhood itself.
Your donation to S.O.S. Save Our School will protect us from a system that clips our wings and crushes our spirits.
Join us in the movement for authentic, creative, project-based learning.
YOU are the hero we have been waiting for!
Our goal is to raise $30,000 in total by August 15th, 2020 to keep HeartSong alive. If we raise $30,000, we can stay open for a full academic year.**
Your donation TODAY will help us to learn with freedom and unconditional love.
We believe that when money is given for a worthy cause, it becomes a physical manifestation of love and demonstrates your faith in children.
Your donation, whether big or small, multiplies our momentum as we move toward our goal.
Please donate today!
Since HeartSong is a Costa Rican entity, it does not have a bank account in the USA or any other GoFundMe compatible country which is required to withdraw funds using GoFundMe. Heather Frid is lending her personal account to the campaign. Funds will be deposited into her account and then from her account wire deposited into HeartSong's Costa Rica bank account.
Funds will be used to cover HeartSong's present and future operating costs (rent, internet, electricity, water, staff pay, partnership enrollment fees to continue to provide accredited learning to the Heartsong children, insurance policies), keep staff employed, and purchase books, curriculum and materials needed to continue our program.
**As part of our goal, we are also expanding our community reach to international students for project based distance learning for this academic year. We are accepting ENROLLMENT NOW for the 2020-2021 school year throughout the Americas. Increasing our enrollment by just 10 students will ensure staying open for the 2020-2021 year. If you are interested in a unique project-based distance learning experience for your children, contact us NOW for more information ([email redacted])
YOUR DONATION MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE
Your donation will transform education by helping HeartSong to:
*Surround each child with unconditional love and fertile ground in which to develop their utmost potential.
*Nurture each child's "inner teacher" with creative environments, materials and experiential projects.
*Encourage children to question everything and think for themselves.
*Uplift the voices of people and movements that have been marginalized and oppressed by the system.
*Embrace diversity and social justice activism.
*Support staff who value the infinite spectrum of learning styles and intelligences.
*Chart each child's learning with portfolios and pedagogical reports.
* Delay homework and exams until High School so young children have time to play, explore their interests, and spend time with family.
*Provide nature immersion and freedom of movement between indoor and outdoor environments.
*Empower children and families with Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and give voices to children through the self-governing circle council experience, inspired by the democratic free school movement.
*Inspire and support other schools to incorporate innovative, personalized methodologies and practices.
OUR MISSION FOR THE FUTURE
As this pandemic has shown us in the blink of an eye, none of us know exactly what the future holds. What we do know is that the social and ecological issues of our world require urgent solutions.
At HeartSong we learn to trust in our resilience, get creative in times of crisis, and know that LOVE IS STILL THE ANSWER.
We hold true to the HeartSong mission, here in the present moment, and in preparation for the unforeseen challenges that we will be called to rise to in the future.
Your donation TODAY will impact our lives for years to come.
JOIN THE HEARTSONG MOVEMENT!
If you feel inspired to support this visionary movement in education and are unable to contribute financially due to your own economic hardship, we understand.
You can still help us by sharing our S.O.S. Save Our School campaign with your friends and family right from this page, clicking on the share button.
Please like, share, and comment on our social media to give our fundraising campaign momentum and publicity!
We are determined to let HeartSong's light shine brightly through these dark times.
Join us in this movement to transform education and protect the human rights and freedom of children.
Now more than ever, we are grateful for your love and support.
WITH MUCH GRATITUDE
Your donation leaves a “heartprint” that will resonate in the lives of children in Costa Rica.
On behalf of all of the HeartSong children and families
VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL:
S.O.S. - Ayúdenos a Salvar Nuestra Escuela - HeartSong, Una Comunidad de Aprendices Libres
~En Heredia Costa Rica~
Mi nombre es Maia Madrigal. Soy de Costa Rica y tengo 15 años. A principios del 2017, les ayudé a mi madre Heather y a su socia Janiva quienes como voluntarias crearon una escuela asombrosa. Juntas, abrimos una floreciente comunidad de aprendizaje, en donde somos libres de ser nosotros mismos y aprender habilidades reales para superar las crisis de nuestro mundo.
Comenzó como un sueño… se convirtió en un plan … y se manifestó en una realidad. HeartSong es nuestra contribución para un mundo mejor. Es como ponemos el amor en acción. Contra todo pronóstico, HeartSong, Una Comunidad de Aprendices Libres creció para sanar el dolor de muchos niños y niñas que como yo sentían el dolor del sistema escolar.
HeartSong es una prueba viviente que aprender con alegría, creatividad y libertad es posible, mientras se alcanzan los hitos tradicionales académicos.
En lugar de sentarnos en filas de escritorios, tenemos libertad de movimiento. En lugar de reglas autoritarias, premios o castigos, aprendemos a resolver conflictos y a crear soluciones sostenibles y acuerdos vivos. Tenemos voz y somos vistos y apreciados por quien realmente somos, en lugar de tener que calzar en las expectativas que alguien más tiene de nosotros.
Además de materias académicas, aprendemos sobre habilidades para la vida como mindfulness, música, arte, carpintería, tejido, jardinería orgánica, yoga y cocina. Sobre todo, nos animan a pensar creativamente, cuestionar todo, y a conectar con nuestros intereses, talentos y pasiones.
Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19, HeartSong está en gran peligro de cerrar y romper los corazones de los niños cuyas vidas se han transformado gracias a este proyecto increíble.
Si no recaudamos los fondos necesarios para mantenernos con vida, HeartSong se verá forzada a cerrar. Si fallamos, los y las niñas de Heartsong y yo tendremos que regresar al sistema convencional en donde la conformidad, obediencia y estrés son la norma, y todas nuestras maestras y maestros y personal se quedarán sin empleo.
Tanto amor, generosidad, y arduo trabajo ha sido donado para volver este sueño realidad. Ahora más que nunca necesitamos de personas generosas como usted para apoyarnos en la protección de los derechos de la niñez en la educación y de la esencia de la niñez misma.
Su donación a S.O.S Ayúdenos a Salvar Nuestra Escuela nos protegerá de un sistema que nos corta las alas y rompe nuestro espíritu.
Unase a nuestro movimiento por un aprendizaje auténtico, creativo y basado en proyectos.
¡Usted es el héroe o heroína que hemos estado esperando!
- Sofia Anjum
- Fabiana Artinano
- Sally Adams
- Tracy Oftedal
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