For six weeks before Ash Wednesday, residents and travellers to La Paz can experience days and nights full of colour, music, dance, delicious Mexican food, mechanical rides, fireworks, and also the incredible parade floats that always bring a carnival to life. This is all part of an amazing “fiesta” in Baja called Carnaval La Paz. The main street, El Malecon, is closed to traffic while numerous stands taunt buyers with food, toys, clothing, jewellery, and masks.
For this month’s Let’s Play event, for our kids in Vista Hermosa and in keeping with the theme of Carnaval (Spanish spelling), we offered face painting and mask making. The masks were pre-cut, thanks to volunteer Eileen Herrara, and the table was littered with feathers, jewels, ribbon, crepe paper, pipe cleaners, string, and other recycled material. At the end, we handed out popcorn, Jamaica (delicious Mexican drink) and prizes. The whole event was beyond successful, with some very creative masks. The dolls are from Colombia, thanks to Andrea and Rene Bailly. More photos here.
Cuter Than Cute
Alan is one of our scholarship students who does his four hours a month of community service in our After School program. Whether the kids play games, draw, or do homework, they enjoy getting together and just having fun….which kids are so good at!
Marco is an elderly gentleman living in Vista Hermosa who keeps busy making colourful purses and weaving an intricate pattern for fishing nets. The amount of details, not to mention hours, he puts into these projects is astounding, with the end result being a beautiful product.
After the Rain