Saturday, February 12, 2011

We are the children of OJALÁ! San Miguel Viejo, Guanajuato, Mexico

We are the children of OJALÁ!

We paint, we plant, we build and we laugh;
We sing, we dance and we celebrate.

We find the good and praise it…
We hold on to what is good!

We are the children of OJALÁ!
We are the children of OJALÁ!

Somos los niños de OJALÁ!

      Pintamos, plantamos, construimos y reimos;

      Cantamos, bailamos y celebramos.

      Encontramos lo bueno y lo aplaudimos,
      Y nos quedamos con todo lo bueno!

      Somos los niños de OJALÁ!
Somos los niños de OJALÁ! 

We are the children of OJALÁ. We live in a small poor village just outside the town of San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato in Mexico. Our village is called San Miguel Viejo, old San Miguel, because about 500 years ago our Otomi ancestors came to this place to farm. They built a church in 1542 because they had become Catholic.
Two hundred years later the Spanish built a big hacienda here and our families worked for them like slaves. We were allowed to live on this land but we did not own it until the revolution in 1910, when the government gave this land to all of us together. Communities like ours are called “ejido.”  Read more here
OJALÁ Ninos is a non-profit program for children in the rural community of San Miguel Viejo near san Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanjuato, Mexico

The program offers afternoon classes in 6 art disciplines, English and music, free of charge to 120 local children.  Teachers are volunteers from the US, Canada and the local Mexican community.
What we need now:
1) A floor and shelter for art classes for 40-50 small children. 
2) A van, bus or truck for field trips – and to transport other children to and from our site who live in much more isolated places nearby. 
3) More books for our tiny, new library.

The Ultimate Dream:  to build a cultural-community center dedicated to after-school education and activities for all the residents of this village and surrounding smaller     communities – classes in English, sex education, environmental studies – a library.

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Our Mailing Address

Ojalá Niños A.C.
c/o Elsmarie Norby
220 N. Zapata Hwy. #11
Laredo, TX 78043

Tel: 415-839-5475


Become an Angel:

With an ongoing commitment to support our work, you join the ranks of Ojalá Angels.

Become a Volunteer:
Come meet our kids and help them grow!
Do you have skills or education training in ART, MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA, etc.?
Can you drive to field trips?
Can you speak to children (in Spanish) about any of the following: health/fitness, nutrition, pets, the environment, books, etc.?