We are very happy to inform you about our work past July and August 2016. First of all, we would like to thank the Gilles Hondius foundation for their support of our work in Mexico. Also, we could not have realised our work last summer without your private donations that were raised during our benefit concert in Epse in May 2016. Thank you all for your great help!
What we have done
We realise that in order to grow as a foundation and thus to reach more children and their families, we need to expand our geographical reach. That is why we decided to travel to the main city of the state of Veracruz: Veracruz City. A beautiful city that has been serving as one of the biggest ports of Latin America for decades. This is also a city that has struggled with corruption and violence for many years now.
We went to a high school named Escuela Secundaria General "Carlos Fuentes" which is located in a neighbourhood with one of the worst reputations of the city. This neighbourhood is called "Colonia Geo Villas I. If you are interested you can read here
an article about this neighbourhood.
The children we encountered were between 12 and 16 years old and are struggling with low job opportunities, daily violence, low life expectations, abuse and addiction.
Our workshops were a very positive experience for them and a break in their daily struggle. As music education is almost non-existing in this school, we decided to work on their self-esteem issues through music exercises.
Also, we have visited and monitored the youth orchestra of Rio Blanco with whom we have worked in the past few years. We are happy to inform you that now two of their former members and participants of our programs have been accepted to study at the conservatory of Xalapa. With our help the youth orchestra is now becoming self-sufficient by becoming a foundation of their own. Their first project was recording their first CD!
The reason we went to the school in Veracruz City was to broaden our work to other urban areas with violence issues due to drug-related violence in Mexico. Past winter we have been visiting conservatories in Mexico in order to inform and teach the students about our work for the Sonoro Foundation. We hope to realise that these future music professionals will help us with our cause: crime prevention through music.
Next year we hope to organise a bigger festival where we will hopefully be able to incorporate our newly obtained contacts and experience.
Thank you for supporting us!
Felicia and Pepe