SAVE THE DATE!
Our 12th Annual Fund-Raiser, to provide economic support to the Divino Nino School is scheduled for:
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Saint Anthony of Padua Church Hall
1000 Cambridge Street
THE EVENING WILL INCLUDE:
Appetizers, desserts, local wine and beer
A silent auction
A presentation about the Divino Nino School
A photographic exhibition of the work of El Hogar de los Ninos
Music and a folkloric dance presentation
Student sponsorship opportunities
Tickets may be purchased, $20.00 each, by mailing your donation to board member:
613 El Arroyo Place
Novato, CA 94949
Please include your name, #attending, phone number and email.
Julie Keener will call to confirm your reservation.
Tickets will be held at the door.
Questions: Julie Keener, 415 883-2148
OUR ANNUAL FUNDING GOAL:
$36,000.00 to maintain the school, meals for the children, teacher salaries, instructional materials, electricity and water.
OUR WISH LIST:
1. Complete the construction of safety features to the new, upstairs classrooms
2. Replace the upstairs window and white board which was damaged by night time gunfire
3. Increase the staff salaries by $30.00 per month ($3,600)
4. Purchase class sets of text books per grade level ($2,700)
5. Provide five computers for school use(donated and refurbished)
6. Continue the scholarship program which sends the top, two, first grade graduates to the
neighborhood’s parochial school, Saint Joseph’s ($2,500 for 10 students)
Many thanks to our silent auction and raffle sponsors:
Wild Fox Restaurant $40.00 gift certificate
Moylans Brewery and Restaurant two $50.00 gift certificates
Flourchylde Bakery $25 gift certificate
Five Little Monkeys $20 gift certificate
Marin Civic Center $100 gift certificate toward the Paco Pena Flamenco Night
These items will be available at our November 3, 2012 Celebration of Hope Event. This list will be updated as auction items are donated.
Ghiringhelli’s Restaurant, Novato $120.00 Three $40 gift certificates
Toast Restaurant, Novato $25.00 gift certificate
Chalet Basque, San Rafael $25.00 gift certificate
Rickey’s Restaurant, Novato $50.00 gift certificate
Please mark your calendars!
The 2012 Celebration of Hope, “A Taste of Nicaragua”
Saturday Evening, November 3, 2012
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. appetizers, drinks, silent auction
7:00 p.m. Nicaraguan themed dinner:
tropical and green salad
chicken with chimichurri
pork with yucca
arroz relleno-a traditional rice dish of vegetables, chorrizo
gallo pinto-a traditional Nicaragua beans and rice
7:30 p.m: Music and dance presentations, short film update of our work at the Divino Nino School
At the Unity in Marin Hall, 600 Palm Drive, Novato CA
After leaving Terra Linda High School last night at 9:00 pm, we finally landed in Managua at 9:30 am. We continued through customs and were greeted by our bus driver, Domingo, and the teachers of El Divino Nino. It was surreal to see the teachers again after a full year. We drove to Cantera, unloaded our 90 bags, and grabbed a quick lunch at about noon. It was interesting to watch the reactions of the newcomers on the bus, as they caught their first glimpses of Nicaragua’s capitol city.
After our lunch and before our departure for the school, several of the students played catch with a football, while some of us caught up on some much needed sleep. At 3pm we drove to the school, where the teachers introduced themselves. A handful of students who were at the top of their class and received scholarships for their next year of school performed beautiful, complex, traditional folk dances.
For the next hour after the dances and the introductions, we were allowed to explore the school and meet some of the lingering students. I met a young girl named Fatima and her younger brother, Omar. Although I spent the past five years learning French rather than Spanish, I found out that Fatima is nine, Omar is two, and they both love playing soccer. I cannot wait to present the soccer goals to the school, so kids like Fatima and Omar will be able to use a somewhat realistic playing field.
We left the school at about 5:30 and stopped at a supermarket for those who left items at home. Again, the newcomers were shocked: this time, it was by the prices. A dollar is worth approximately 23 cordobas, and a packet of Tang costs only five cordobas. Therefore, the supermarket’s Tang selection was successfully wiped out by our club. We continued our drive home and had another delicious meal at Cantera, full of locally grown vegetables, freshly butchered chicken, and wild rice. We fully enjoyed our dinners, but at this point most of us were delirious and sleep-deprived. We wrapped up our first day today in Managua by planning our lessons for Tuesday through Friday. As we continue our week, I look forward to spending time with the teachers and getting to know students like Fatima.
Please join us in supporting this wonderful, life-changing project, by attending our annual fund-raiser dinner. The event will feature authentic Nicaraguan cuisine and a film update of El Divino Niño School. Emcee Cynthia Glinka will be sure to get you dancing to the beat of the Bay Area Band, ‘Sound Byte!’
Location: Margaret Todd Center, 1560 Hill Road, Novato, California CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS!
6:00 p.m. – Hors d’oeuvres and no host beer/wine bar
6:30 p.m. – Traditional Nicaraguan dinner followed by film presentation
8:30 p.m. – Dancing with Cynthia Glinka and ‘Sound Byte’
DANCING ONLY from 8:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Please pick up pre-purchased dinner and dancing tickets at the event!
Thank you and SEE YOU THERE!
Questions? Please call Ceci Wyckoff at (415) 897-7718; or Pat Sharp at (415) 566-4044
Our annual “Celebration of Hope” is rapidly approaching! Follow this link http://elhogardelosninos.com/celebration-of-hope/ to get all of the information! Don’t forget, we’ve also added a convenient PayPal button to purchase our tickets online, then yo can just show up at the door and join the celebration!
Hope to see you on October 16th!
Please join us this Saturday for a special screening of “Mi Corazon, Mi Sueño (My Heart, My Dream)” at the San Francisco International Children’s Film Festival. The show starts at 5:00 and is FREE with your paid admission to WonderCon (http://www.wondercon.org).
Information on the festival can be found here: http://www.sfchildrensfilm.org/index.php
Hope to see you there!
The daily update from the N.S.C. is up on their page now. CLICK HERE to read it!