This building may look more beautiful to me than it does to you, but that is most likely because I know that the top floor is the new home of INFANT's designated meeting space in 12 de Junio. I am incredibly excited to announce that INFANT now has a central, permanent location to hold workshops for children and families in the community.
For the past six months we have been challenged to complete a series of workshops in 12 de Junio without the luxury of having a designated space to hold them. While trying to work consistently with the same group of adolescents, we have held workshops in multiple places throughout the community (a community park, empty classrooms when available, the local cafe/restaurant, and in INFANT's office). The lack of a central meeting location has made working in 12 de Junio quite challenging, and it has made working regularly with the same group of participants all that more of an uphill battle. In addition to the workshops that EB and I have been facilitating, the lack of a central meeting space has also affected the ability of the INFANT staff to optimize the work they do in the community.
Having this space will absolutely increases INFANT’s capacity to work in a more consistent and in-depth manner with children and families in the community. Community members will now know where the INFANT staff will be meeting each day. Prior to the new space, we usually did not know exactly where we would be meeting until we actually arrived in the community. Confusion on where INFANT gathers each week has definitely influenced the number of people participating in their workshops and the consistency of participants attending meetings. It has also limited the types of workshops and activities that the staff is able to complete. It can be challenging to plan detailed, long-term projects when you do not have a consistent location in which these projects can be implemented. Though they have been working in 12 de Junio for years, this new space will officially cement INFANT's presence in the community and will make INFANT's involvement with the community more permanent.