What gives me hope?
Being able go to work every day at a place full of such positive energy fills me with hope. I love walking around the Center and hearing the sounds of violin echoing through the hallway, children laughing, and neighbors chatting about each other’s lives.
On a personal level, the Batahola community has been nothing but welcoming and kind. My co-workers are always more than happy to take the time to answer my questions about the Center and life in Managua. My English students were so patient with us as we took over the class and began to learn ropes of teaching.
It has been inspiring to see first-hand the impact the Center’s programs have on the community. In my first few months, I had the opportunity to accompany and observe in many different areas of the Center. During my time with the scholarship students, I saw older scholarship recipients giving back to the community by tutoring and mentoring younger students at weekly study sessions. As I accompanied the youth violence prevention promoters, I saw young people working to create social change by raising awareness among their peers around healthy relationships and violence. As a member of the choir, I’ve come to understand that the choir not just a musical group, but a community of people who help and support each other. It is a space for musical, emotional and spiritual growth.
As I reflect on all the experiences I have had here these past four months, I am so grateful to the community of Batahola for all they have shared with me and excited to see what this next year has in store. It is an incredible privilege to be part of a group of people working to build community and to make the world a better place.