AFRONAUT MARCH 2023 FUNDRAISER
Help "Casa del Sol Community Center" provide a safe space & instruments for children learning traditional Cumbia music in Palomino, Colombia!
An unforgettable experience & connection!
During our recent Feb 2023 tour in Colombia, we visited the beautiful Caribbean-coastal town of Palomino, where our group participated in a musical exchange with a children's art program called, "Casa del Sol Community Center".
Casa del Sol Community Center (Espacio Comunitario Casa del Sol) is a music & dance program that works with youth in Palomino's low-income community. The program teaches kids about the traditional Afro-Caribbean music & dances of their culture & heritage while providing opportunities for growth and development through education and experiences including live performances and travel.
We are looking to raise $10,000 for these beautiful children to continue studying music and dance in a safe space!
The program's founder, a talented musician named, Zol Alvarez (pictured above) rescued the community center space (a small structure with a backyard patio and open lot) that was previously inhabited by drug dealers and used for micro-drug trafficking in the area. In January 2022, she began rehabbing the community center space by cleaning and painting the walls, renovating the structure with repairs, and removing large amounts of garbage. While they've made significant progress over the past year, there is still considerable work to be done, including big adaptations that need to be made to the building's infrastructure and foundation.
The community center resides directly next to a small community of 30 families living in homes built from plastic and cans that share similar characteristics and structural damage. However, the most vital and complex issues in the neighborhood arise from problems with the town's water system, which has led Zol and her team to search for alternative options for their program and a way to support the community.
PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM & THESE STUDENTS!!!
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