Nicaragua: Quinta Amparo, House of Refuge

Nicaragua: Quinta Amparo, House of Refuge

We spent two special days working with Quinta Amparo, which means House of Refuge. We have visited these beautiful children a few times over the last few years and played music with them before – they have one of our CD’s and as we found out they love our Spanish song “No Tengas Miedo”. They requested over and over to play this song, which was so touching…this song says “Do not be afraid. Do not fear. I am with you”. These young kids are awesome and have walked through some painful and scary things. It was a beautiful moment to watch them sing along to this song as we played.

In addition to playing lots of songs together, the kids also got to sing a spanish chorus of one of our new songs and we recorded it for our new album! One of the favorite art projects with the kids was where child painted and colored a leaf. Then we made a big tree drawing, and all the kids put their leaves on it to see how they are connected and grow together. The last night of our workshops was the highlight. We announced that we would do a big event all together that evening – not us singing, but them! The kids made tickets and asked them to chose their favorite song, and everyone would sing their hearts out. It was awesome! It was the kids idea to put on their favorite costumes and they had such a blast singing for everyone!

Ukulele Kids

Ukulele Kids

The girls

The girls

Boys will be boys

Boys will be boys

Making Leaves

Making Leaves for the Community Tree

The Singing Pirate!

The cutest singing pirate!

So much joy and talent - a great duet!

So much joy and talent – a great duet!

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Daniel and Jessenia with their tickets.

Daniel and Jessenia, got your tickets for the show?

A dressed up audience!

A dressed up audience!

All the kids' leaves combine to make a beautiful Community Tree!

All the kids’ leaves combine to make a beautiful Community Tree!

Nicaragua: Tesoros De Dios – “Treasures of God”

Nicaragua: Tesoros De Dios - "Treasures of God"

Let the Sun Shine In Tour had a great start in Nicaragua this month! We traveled to Managua, Nicaragua to do art and music workshops with kids for 12 days. Our first stop – two days working with awesome children at Tesoros De Dios.

This is a school for children with disabilities and special needs. The kids played kazoos, made Gallo Pinto (rice and bean) egg shakers with us, played ukulele’s for the first time, and learned the notes of the musical scale using BoomWhackers (Cool brightly colored tubes, each with a different note that were donated by Guitar Center in Nashville). The art time with the kids was such a radiant joy! The beautiful artwork was stunning. One child painted with his feet and it was so cool to see him light up as he chose bright colors and painted his canvas with joy. It was such a privilege and an honor to make music and art with these inspiring kids.

Stay tuned for more posts about our trip to Nicaragua! Here are a few pictures of our time at Tesoros de Dios.

Moises loved the Ukulele and would hardly put it down!

Moises loved the Ukulele and would hardly put it down!

Nayeli with her rice shaker!

Nayeli with her rice shaker!

Creativity at its best - everyone enjoyed painting!

Creativity at its best – everyone enjoyed painting!

Marcelo showing off his colorful painting.

Marcelo showing off his colorful painting.

Carlos and Tammy with his painting

Carlos and Tammy with his painting

Learn more about the work of Tesoros De Dios at http://www.tesorosdedios.org/.