This past Sunday was the Center’s annual fundraiser, the Kermesse. For Natasha and me, the event was a fantastic introduction to the Batahola community. It was incredible to see the way that everyone came together to contribute to the event. Each class made a food or beverage item to sell, including vigoron (cabbage salad, boiled yuca, and chicharrones), arroz con leche (rice pudding), and many delicious frescos (fruit drinks). The Kermesse also featured traditional music and dance performances, face-painting, hula hooping, karaoke, raffles and a dunk tank.
Overall, Kermesse 2015 was a great success. Thanks to the generosity of the community of Batahola and all of those who attended, we were able to raise over $2,500 to support the scholarship programs at the center, a $200 increase from last year! We’re very grateful for the hard work of everyone that made this event possible.