Song of the Day

Latino America is a pretty popular song by a Puerto Rican group called Calle 13, and the video is incredible as well as the music. They discuss resistance and struggle, with the chorus going, “You can’t buy the rain, you can’t buy the sun, you can’t buy the rain, you can’t buy the heat, you can’t buy the clouds, you can’t buy the colors, you can’t buy my happiness, you can’t buy my pain”, and shows the daily lives of many different people around Latin America. Make sure to watch the video as well, enjoy your Friday!

 

-Erika C.

 

Employee Profile of the Month

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Name: Moises Arnulfo Canda Nuñez

Birthday: May 9th

Neighborhood: Batahola Norte

Job Title: Music Instructor

Time working in the Center: 2 years

A Little Information About Me:

I grew up here in Batahola and still live here with my parents. Right now I’m studying in the mornings to get my license in chemistry and pharmacy and I hope one day to be a pharmacist. I still have one year left before finishing my studies. In the afternoon I give classes at the Center for beginning musicians. Just recently I was also put in charge of directing the Children’s Choir. When I’m not studying or working I like to relax and catch up with my family. I can play many instruments including trumpet, guitar, recorder and percussion. One food that I could never give up is Gallo Pinto*

How I Arrived at the Center:

I first came to the Center when I was 16 and started taking music classes with Father Angel. I began by taking recorder classes and also joined the choir and orchestra. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the improvements of the kids I work with. I also like the community created by the workers here. Even though we all work in different areas we are united in the same cause so that the Center can flourish. We help teach children and adults fundamental life lessons and values that they often don’t receive at home or in school. I think I also developed some of these values during my time here at the Center including responsibility and discipline. Now that I’ve started working here I have also come to realize the many different programs that go on here as well as all the behind the scenes work that makes this incredible place function.

*a typical rice and bean dish in Nicaragua

Kermes 2014

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This past Sunday was the Kermes, the Center’s annual fundraiser. Since we weren’t present last year we weren’t sure what to expect going into it, but after months and months of preparation, the day finally came for our work to pay off. And that it did! The day was a huge success, especially in food sales. Most years there is food leftover, but this year EVERYTHING was sold, right down to the last grain of rice even before the Kermes officially ended. There were also sales of bed sheets, clothes and shoes, raffles, massages by the Natural Medicine class, haircuts by the Beauty Class, a cultural presentation, a movie showing, face painting and a dance competition.

The total money raised to support the scholarship program was approximately 60,000 cordobas, which comes out to around 2,300 dollars, double the amount we had set our goal for. We’re so proud of our coworkers and other Center participants who helped make this event possible!

It’s strange to think that this is probably the last new event we’ll have at the Center. From here on out we’ll be repeating things we did last year at this same time. The same English material, the same concerts, end of the year staff outing…but the strange thing is that this time it will be our last. Look at me already getting sentimental with a whole year left to go, but it’s been on our mind a lot lately with our one year anniversary coming up next week. Stay tuned for more reflections of our first year in Batahola soon. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Abrazos,

Kelsey

Photos of the day

A few times a year, the artistic groups organize trips to perform for people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to take part in such activities. Last Friday, the choir and dance group went to the National Dermatological hospital to play for a few families who have lived there for many years because of their conditions. The families were incredibly grateful, and it was clear that the afternoon was enjoyed by all!

 

-Erika C.

Photo of the day: new project on the rise!

 

We wanted to do an official announcement of welcoming a new violence prevention project lead by Psychologist Ivania Pineda, called Desmarimbando en Batahola. The project will focus on teaching a group of 20 young people how to facilitate and lead discussions on gender violence, and also work to organize the community around this issue. The team is (left to right) Ivania Pineda, Claudia Mercado, Maria Christina Aguirre, and Misael Dormes, and Kelsey and I will also be helping out a few afternoons a week. Can’t wait to see the great things they will be doing!IMG_0745IMG_0739

 

-Erika C.

Photo of the day: a morning of music and dance

The Orchestra director Myra organized a trip with the dance group and Orchestra to a school across town where she teaches music classes.  They read a short story and lead a discussion on recycling and being environmentally friendly, and after the orchestra, choir, and dancer performances, the dancers even showed the kids a few moves!

 

-Erika C.