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Ojalá Niños Exhibit at Shelter Theater

By Elsmarie Norby

Jacob y Daniel

Giving children a space with materials and ideas, with permission to explore and create, is the founding principle for the alternative education program in San Miguel Viejo, a rural community just west of town. There are over 100 children, ages 3-17, who take part every weekday afternoon at 3pm. It’s called Ojalá Niños, meaning “children of hope.”

One of the many art groups is using stained glass. Over the last five years a number of children have made beautiful art pieces, including 12 stained glass windows for the Women’s Chapel on the road to Jalpa. Now there are three boys and one girl who are very committed to this art. Juan Daniel has been working with glass for almost four years, since age 10. His first piece was bought by a visitor who saw the work in progress. Since then, Daniel has continued to excel in technique and design. About four months ago, he brought a friend, Jacob, and timidly asked if Jacob could work with him. Under Daniel’s tutelage, Jacob made amazing pieces and sold them. Recently, another boy, Axel arrived. He also shows talent.

They come four to five times a week, work for hours, concentrating, talking softly—no ear plugs, no wasted moments and no teacher. They are all 14 years old. Someone had donated a large glass paneled, cone-shaped lampshade. Daniel and Jacob went to work on it and what emerged is now on exhibit at the Shelter Theater in Col. San Rafael. Soon there will be a larger show of work by more Ojalá Niños —more stained glass, weavings and hand-sewn items by 10 girls, who come three times a week with their amazing teacher, Griselda. Enjoy the wonderfully varied programming at the Shelter Theater, and see what children do when given space, materials, ideas, and guidance. Ojalá is a place to learn!

Literacy is a very important part of the program. We need readers and books in Spanish. You may also volunteer for a few hours on Saturday at the Tosma market to help the children who manage the Ojalá table. For info contact: Theresa Downey—tgdowney@yahoo.com.

You are welcome to visit and invited to donate time, treasure and/or talent. Blessings abound in San Miguel and beyond! www.ojala-ninos.org.

By Elsmarie Norby

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iving children a space with materials and ideas, with permission to explore and create, is the founding principle for the alternative education program in San Miguel Viejo, a rural community just west of town. There are over 100 children, ages 3-17, who take part every weekday afternoon at 3pm. It’s called Ojalá Niños, meaning “children of hope.”

One of the many art groups is using stained glass. Over the last five years a number of children have made beautiful art pieces, including 12 stained glass windows for the Women’s Chapel on the road to Jalpa. Now there are three boys and one girl who are very committed to this art. Juan Daniel has been working with glass for almost four years, since age 10. His first piece was bought by a visitor who saw the work in progress. Since then, Daniel has continued to excel in technique and design. About four months ago, he brought a friend, Jacob, and timidly asked if Jacob could work with him. Under Daniel’s tutelage, Jacob made amazing pieces and sold them. Recently, another boy, Axel arrived. He also shows talent.

They come four to five times a week, work for hours, concentrating, talking softly—no ear plugs, no wasted moments and no teacher. They are all 14 years old. Someone had donated a large glass paneled, cone-shaped lampshade. Daniel and Jacob went to work on it and what emerged is now on exhibit at the Shelter Theater in Col. San Rafael. Soon there will be a larger show of work by more Ojalá Niños —more stained glass, weavings and hand-sewn items by 10 girls, who come three times a week with their amazing teacher, Griselda. Enjoy the wonderfully varied programming at the Shelter Theater, and see what children do when given space, materials, ideas, and guidance. Ojalá is a place to learn!

Literacy is a very important part of the program. We need readers and books in Spanish. You may also volunteer for a few hours on Saturday at the Tosma market to help the children who manage the Ojalá table. For info contact: Theresa Downey—tgdowney@yahoo.com.

You are welcome to visit and invited to donate time, treasure and/or talent. Blessings abound in San Miguel and beyond! www.ojala-ninos.org.

 

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