Thursday, 10 December 2009

AAI in Accord in Colombia

Airline Ambassadors began its first project in Colombia in a small town called San Juan del Cesar. The program is in partnership with the Inter American Development Bank.

On this trip we provided accordions and other musical instruments to the music school of “El Maestro Mauro Milian”, an institution which has dedicated all its efforts to educate the most needy, including very young indigenous children.

We were also able to visit a very poor community called “Las Tunas”: 32 families in real need of homes, education, health and work. We had two meetings with the new mayor who was very receptive to our visit. As always we counted on the help of the National Police Department, especially Colonel Chavarro from the narcotics division who played a very important role in our logistics. We also had huge support from Antonio Urbina (a very well known artist in our country) and Tasha Bermudez, a new Airline Ambassadors' member.

The idea for now is to obtain additional instruments for the school using the formal agreement for partnership with the Inter-American Cultural & Development Foundation of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States.

The governor of Cundinamarca would like AAI to initiate the AAI CASA Program, which is key for this community. There are tons of things to do. We are organizing an agenda to start our planning. We’ll keep you all posted!

Andres

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