Last Sunday the choir performed at the Children's home "Help for and Solidarity with Street Girls" (Ayuda y Solidaridad con las Niñas de la Calle).
The Children's home provides a safe and supportive home for the girls as well as psychological and medical attention, legal counsel, academic and employment preparation, and an opportunity to participate in cultural activities and sports. The girls are between the ages of 4 and 20 and at risk of living on the streets due to domestic violence, sexual abuse, extreme poverty and/or orphanhood.
I wasn't sure what to expect but I was really impressed, upon arrival with the facilities and later on with the girls and the overall feel of the home. The girls came in all dressed up and so excited for the concert. Since our audience was a younger crowd the director made the concert a bit more interactive to keep them involved. Their responses were so intelligent and often times hilarious. I loved watching the little (or not so little) ones attempting to imitate the percussion movements. We finished the concert with two encores, repeating by request their two favorites songs we had sung. It was definitely one of the most enthusiastic and memorable audiences we've sung to!
If you're interested in learning more about the Children's home you can visit their website (here in Spanish or here in English that could use a bit of help with translating/ editing) or Facebook page. You can also donate here.