Niños con Bendición
Niños con Bendición
"Children with Blessing" was created in 2006, by Lesbi Chavez and her husband Juventino, so that impoverished children from their village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes could receive a quality education, while strengthening their own cultural and family ties. Their dedication to the children is infectious, and many people from a diverse set of backgrounds now volunteer their time. Lesbi and Tino created this group out of their deep spiritual belief, coming, as they say, as a dream from God. This unique cultural and educational program empowers children to appreciate and transform their lives.
Part of the after school program includes marimba and dance lessons. The children perform for visitors to the program, as well as at various venues in the Antigua area. They perform dances in the traditional clothing from all areas of Guatemala. The dances demonstrate different cultural experiences, including the planting and harvesting of corn, and the rituals that accompany this harvest.
At the end of each performance, they invite the audience to dance a simple dance with them. If the performance is at Lesbi and Tino’s home, where the program takes place, visitors are invited to help make corn tortillas, and everyone eats together. The children enjoy helping, and watching everyone attempt to make tortillas! They also enjoy allowing people to try to play the marimba. At this time, they offer a variety of Guatemalan items for purchase. These items include beautiful weavings, clothing, jewellery, bags, frames made by Tino and calendars with photos of the children in the group. These sales help with the running of the program, and any extra expenses they incur.
Financial support for the group comes from yearly school sponsorships, calendar sales, donations of any amount and other fund raising endeavors.
Thanks to sponsorship, the children are enrolled in local schools during the day, and with donations, receive a nutritious afternoon meal and after school support services. They are typically with the group 6 days each week.
100% of all donations and sponsorships go directly into the children's general education fund, which includes but is not limited to school supplies, marimba lessons, computer and English teachers, printer cartridges, internet access, performance outfits and food.
The yearly sponsorships fee is US$375. Each child has more than one sponsor, to ensure that all costs are covered. The children send letters a few times a year, and we include photos with the updates. Together with Lesbi and Tino, we keep the facebook and website updated on a regular basis.
For more information on the program, sponsorship or general donations, please contact us …
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email@example.com - English/Laura
firstname.lastname@example.org - sponsorship/Mary email@example.com - sponsorship/Marcia