25/07/2024 15:00 Sala Quetzal de La Biblioteca

The Open Gate

The Story of Ojalá Niños, a Creative Community for Otomí Families in San Miguel Viejo, México

By Elsmarie Norby with a foreword by Debora Annino

Event to benefit Ojalá Niños A.C.

Thursday, July 25 | 3:00 pm

Sala Quetzal in La Biblioteca

$250 pesos, cash only

Talk in English

Book signing at the end of the talk

Buy your book now at La Biblioteca Bookstore, with this you contribute to the development of the programs of Ojalá Niños A.C. and Biblioteca Pública A.C.

Pablo was carrying a bag full of papers and says – these paintings are by my cousin Martín. –  
– I make them when I’m bored, I didn’t know it was called art – says Martín.  That night I knew what I was doing here. 
Elsmarie shares in her book «The Open Gate», stories like this one and photographs of her experience with the children of the community of San Miguel Viejo, in San Miguel de Allende.
The stories you find in this bilingual book are observations of the lives of those children who came to Ojalá Niños, their growth and that of Elsmarie, or as she puts it: «they are observations of why I am here.»
Discovery, growth and lessons turned into parables for those who want to be a good expat, partner in their community or citizen in a foreign country.
Listen to the living voice of the founder of the Civil Association Ojalá Niños, the anecdotes that prompted her to carry out this social work and later capture them in a book.
Ojalá Niños
It is a Civil Association that offers an integrated learning program for children in rural Mexico to inspire creativity, critical thinking skills, and self-confidence.
The program provides children with a space, materials, ideas, and guidance to exploration, discovery, and learning. 
They place primary importance on service and social justice to develop critical thinking skills, self-confidence, and sustainable work ethic.
With this, they seek to prepare the children of Ojalá to occupy their rightful place in the local, national and international economic order.
If you want to know more, go to: https://www.ojala-ninos.org/es

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