Children in Venezuela are fainting and skipping class as a result of the food crisis in the country.
For Klaireth Díaz, a teacher at Elías Toro School, one of the biggest public schools in Caracas, Venezuela, attendance in class has been low because of the economic situation in Venezuela. In an interview with Fox News Latino, Díaz, who once saw a child faint during a school event, admitted that out of 30 students, 10 would miss class on a daily basis.
“The reason was always lack of food,” she told Fox News Latino, recalling that Elías Toro School used to provide lunch to its students before the feeding program came to an end a few years ago.
As demonstrated by a More Consulting poll conducted to 2,000 people in Caracas last month, 48 percent of the times children were absent from school it was food related. This either means they’re malnutrition and too weak to function or they’re accompanying their parents at the long lines to buy food as early as 3 a.m.
According to the poll, which was unearthed by Fox News Latino, 36.5 percent of the children eat twice a day; whereas, 10.2 percent of the children eat only once a day. For some children, the school lunch, – which the government spends barely 5 bolivars per meal – is their only meal of the day.
Meanwhile, 30 percent of the parents surveyed said their children attended private school; however, 17.5 percent of those parents said they’re changing their children to a public school. Five percent of the parents, on the other hand, are considering of removing their children from school altogether.
“A child who does not eat well does not learn well,” said Venezuelan politician Miguel Pizarro to Fox News Latino. “Some children fall asleep and when you investigate what’s going on, you find out it is because they don’t eat. When we see that a child does not bring lunch we have them share; we handle the situation so that they do not feel affected. Children are supportive in that regard.”
We all know what self-affirmations are. They are simple phrases we repeat to ourselves to undo negative thoughts or self-doubt that cna plague us or undermine our own goals. Self-affirmations can set us on a path that sets us up for success by keeping us accountable and positive through the ups and downs of life. One little boy seems to already know this and has gotten an early start on his own self-affirmations.
A young boy is going viral on Twitter for repeating his self-affirmations while walking to school.
“I am smart. I am blessed. I can do anything,” the little boy repeated as he walked to school. The simple, yet effective, practice of self-affirmations is scientifically proven to have a lasting, positive impact on a person’s mental well-being. So, it is safe to say that this little one is already off to a stronger start in life than most adults.
The video is encouraging people to start their own self-affirmation routines.
According to PositivePsychology.com, the act of self-affirmation is proven to manifest in a positive mental outlook on life. Self-affirmations let us take control of the global narrative we tell of ourselves and lets us be flexible and moral as we adapt to the ever-changing environment we are constantly in.
The video is striking an emotional chord with adults and children alike.
It is never too early to start children on their path to positive thinking. There is a lot of stuff in the world that can hurt you and stunt your development. It is never a bad idea to get your own little ones started with positive self-affirmations and start the habit.
The overall cuteness level of the video is enough for some people to just celebrate.
One of the most important parts of the self-affirmation practice is the ability to create a more flexible and adapting self-identity. By creating this self-identity, it will keep you from thinking of yourself as one kind of person, such as a “writer” or “wife.” Being able to grow within yourself offers a freedom that can set you on whatever path you choose.
Some people on Twitter are even cosigning the little dude’s words to encourage him to keep going.
Keep it going, Ayaan. There is nothing that can stand in your way, little man. It is clear that you know that you are capable of doing anything you set yor mind to and that is one of life’s most valuable lessons. There are few things in this world more empowering than knowing you can do anything and letting yourself know that you can do anything.
Some people are even wanting to have their own kids now.
While there is a movement in the millennial generation not to have children, Ayaan might be changing minds. Who doesn’t want a little dude who can show the world the power of self-affirmation? Maybe his own idea that he can do anything means he grows up to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
His positivity is inspiring other people to be more positive in their own lives.
It’s exciting what someone else’s own enthusiasm can do for other people. Some people are really into listening to little dude celebrate his own pathway to positive thinking.
Some people are not being fooled by the little boy.
Kids are not for everyone. That is okay. However, it is easy to see how this video would make some people want to have a little self-affirming dude of their own.
Basically, some people are just falling in love with the kid.
It’s hard not to fall in love with this little one. His words and attitude are so inspiring.
Way to go, Ayaan!
Keep up those self-affirmations. They will take you far.
Lil’ Libros has been gifting Latino parents the gift of a single children’s book read in two languages to promote bilingualism in Latino niños around the world. The stories are all about Latino icons that have shaped and defined our culture throughout history, honoring stories like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Cuban music legend, Celia Cruz. With nearly 20 books in the collection so far, we thought Lil’ Libros couldn’t get any cuter or more relevant until it added the story of Ricardo “Ritchie” Valenzuela in “The Life of / La Vida de: Ritchie.”
The children’s book will cover all the highlights of Ritchie’s life.
“Born May 13, 1941, Ritchie Valens was a Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and guitarist,” reads the book description. “His musical journey began at age 5 when his father encouraged him to take up guitar. In high school, he made his performing debut with the band The Silhouettes. At 17, Ritchie recorded his final record, which included classics like “Donna” and “La Bamba”. That record went on to sell over one million copies. To this day, Ritchie Valens’ music lives on in the hearts of many!”
Ritchie followed his passions, and they became a gift to the music world.
Ritchie is considered the father of the Chicano rock movement. He was the son of two Mexican immigrants, born in the Los Angeles valley as Richard Steven Valenzuela. Even though Ritchie was left-handed, he taught himself how to play the guitar, trumpet, and drums, and was so in love with music, he learned it all with a dominant right hand. He was always bringing his guitar to his high school to play for his friends. By the time he was 16 years old, he was invited to join The Silhouettes, and eventually became the lead singer. He only released two records during his lifetime, and is best known for “La Bamba.” He’s also known for being the first Latino to successfully cross over into the U.S. mainstream rock genre, inspiring Selena, Café Tacuba, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, and even Carlos Santana to fuse Latinidad with rock.
We *doubt* they’ll include that Ritchie dropped out of high school.
He became a raging success with the release of his first and only three records and dropped out of school to keep up with his career. Ritchie actually didn’t know any Spanish, and his family only spoke English and Spanglish in their house. He learned to sing “La Bamba” in Spanish by learning the song phonetically. Just this year, The U.S. Library of Congress selected “La Bamba” to be preserved in the National Recording Registry as “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.”
Or Ritchie’s tragic death by a plane crash at just 17 years old.
Ritchie had a fear of flying that he eventually overcome throughout his short-lived music career. His fear started during the second term of his junior year in high school. Two airplanes collided over the school’s playground on January 31, 1957, killing and injuring several of his friends. It all happened while Ritchie was at his abuelo’s funeral. His first flight was to Philadelphia to appear on Dick Clark’sAmerican Bandstand show, where he performed “Come On, Let’s Go.” The following month, he was flying to Hawaii to perform with Buddy Holly and Paul Anka.
Ritchie won a coin toss that fateful February 2, 1959 winter day in Iowa that won him a spot on a small plane that would later crash and kill everyone on the plane. His band had been traveling by tour bus throughout the Midwest without adequate heating, causing them all to catch the flu and, in one case, even frostbite. They were desperate to get on a flight out, and only the guitarist, Tommy Allsup, and bassist Waylon Jennings were spared, simply because they lost their coin tosses.
Ritchie took off at 12:55 am and crashed just minutes later.
Still, nobody knows why the plane crashed. It killed everyone on impact. Ritchie suffered a blunt force trauma to the chest and unsurvivable head injuries, dying at just 17 years old. His death inspired Don McLean to write “American Pie,” forever remembering February 3 as “The Day the Music Died.” The music may have died by Ritchie’s legacy continues to live on, now in both Spanish and English at storytimes.
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