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Gossiping, excluding, dumping, demeaning, slandering, disparaging. These are all happening in the 4th/5th grade lives of my Bible study girls. I could say these actions are all done to them, but alas, my girls are also the doers. Every Monday, the girls gather on the living room sofas. Every Monday, we learn  more about what it means to love God and love others. But every so often when the drama piles up, I wonder, “are these Bible lessons really making a difference? Are these girls really getting it?” This was just such a Monday when (more…)

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Gossiping, excluding, dumping, demeaning, slandering, disparaging. These are all happening in the 4th/5th grade lives of my Bible study girls. I could say these actions are all done to them, but alas, my girls are also the doers. Every Monday, the girls gather on the living room sofas. Every Monday, we learn  more about what it means to love God and love others. But every so often when the drama piles up, I wonder, “are these Bible lessons really making a difference? Are these girls really getting it?” This was just such a Monday when (more…)

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At Kids Club we are learning to love our neighbors, and that means learning to serve one another. In March, Kids Club kids visited Woodbine nursing home to sing, do crafts with the residents and just be a friend. Check out our photos form our visit:

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Marco and I first met about a year and half ago. It was by accident that I stumbled upon the mentoring program with Casa Chirilagua. I hadn’t intended to search for a mentorship program, but fate intervened. I found Casa when doing a search to donate some extra school supplies that I had.

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On April 17 Casa Chirilagua is taking part in a 24 hour Alexandria wide online fundraiser called Spring2ACTion, where we will be trying to raise $50,000 from over 500 donors to celebrate 5 years of Kids Club and help secure the next 5 years.  But as James 1 states, we know that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  We therefore want to use these 24 hours to submit ourselves to God in prayer, praising him for giving us 5 years of kids club, and committing into His hands our plans and needs for Kids Club over the next 5.  We would therefore like to invite you to join with us in prayer on April 17.  You can sign up here

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Change is good, but sometimes change can be uncomfortable. Shifting resources to a Wednesday evening meeting has allowed a more focused “hour of excellence”, opened the door to (more…)

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Over the past 6 months, Casa Chirilagua has risen to the challenge to take our child protection policy to the next level. Our staff and board invested many hours to develop and roll out our expanded and improved Child Protection Policy coupled with tracking systems to ensure its proper implementation.
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Darla Bardine joined the Casa Chirilagua board in January of 2012. From her first day of service, we knew she was (more…)
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On February 19, we celebrated Heart Day by learning about “Heart Heath”. Our volunteer Martha Larson organized some cardiovascular exercises for the kids and Dr. Jennifer Kilmer led a station where kids were able to listen to their hearts using a heartbeat doppler machine. (more…)
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On April 17 Casa Chirilagua is taking part in Spring2ACTion, an Alexandria wide, 24 hour, online fundraiser.  We are looking for people who are willing to set up their own individual fundraisers to contribute to our overall campaign.   Here are 5 reasons why YOU should become a Free Agent Fundraiser* for Casa Chirilagua:

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On February 2nd, we held a training for Teens Club student-volunteers who would be helping tutor younger Kids Club students. The middle school kids showed up half awake, but after a small breakfast, they were fully present and eager to volunteer with the kids. When we asked them why they wanted to volunteer, many of them had very impressive answers. (more…)

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From left to right: Roger (President), Roger (Vice President), Georgina (Accountant), Isabel (Secretary) Not pictured: Juana (Treasurer)

This month we highlight our Kids Club Directiva de Padres (Parent Board). These five leaders have worked incredibly hard over the past year to empower the parents to take more ownership and get more involved in Kids Club. From advocating for a bus stop for the kids in the fall, to organizing (more…)

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For the month of January, we began a new Bible series looking at the stories of children in the Bible. This week, I asked the kids, “Does God know you by name?” (more…)
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“Wait, wait, wait, look at it. It has a guy being beheaded, people dying from the Black Death, two knights dueling each other. It’s cool, right? I want you to try it.”These words constituted my sales pitch to a fifth-grader for a Horrible Histories book on the Middle Ages. In the Kids Club library the day before, (more…)
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Two weeks ago, The Teens Club program launched a “new structure” that was an incredible success! Our volunteers were terrific with our students and one of our girls said, “Teens Club was so much fun!” (more…)
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Nick Donner first stepped up to volunteer at Casa Chirilagua when he heard we were starting a Middle School program, now called Teens Club. (more…)

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Happy New Year! We are so grateful to God and our supporters for the love and financial support that poured in during 2012 December year-end giving. Our community of support has been very generous, and we are so thankful that in the midst of incredible expansion and in the midst of a looming fiscal cliff, we ended 2012 (our second year of official operation) firmly in the black. This is propelling us forward into 2013 with affirmation and much confidence. The Lord, through the generosity of individuals, is faithful to provide for our needs, over and over again! (more…)
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December was such a fun and busy month for Teens Club. At the beginning of the month, most of our students participated in the “Wish for the Holidays” letters to congress. This nation-wide wish was a campaign to collect letters from students urging congress to stop separating families  through deportations and immigration detentions. Those that participated in Teens Club became very passionate when writing their letters.

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Looking back on my first semester of Kids Club, I would like to give you three highlights. It has not been a very long time, but I feel welcome by both the staff and families of Casa Chirilagua. (more…)

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As we continue to grow and expand, I (Dawnielle) am getting less and less time in programs spending one-on-one time with our students. While I understand that it is a necessary part of growth, I still miss my regular time with the children. They bring so much rejuvination and life to my week! This week I had an opportunity to step away from the office administration and visit Kids Club. It was wonderful to say hello to all of our students as many of them greeted me with smiles, excitement and hugs. During my visit, I sat down to read with Maria who I knew was a struggling reader. (more…)

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