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A Creative Journey With Purpose

You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

                                    Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

 Cal-Pipil Casa de la Juventud IBE

(Calle México 1008, Barrio San Jacinto, San Salvador, El Salvador) La Cal Pipil o Casa de la Juventud es un espacio de jóvenes para Jóvenes, donde juntos y juntas aprendemos inglés, guitarra, teclado, dibujo y teatro, no dejando de lado la enseñanza en valores del Reino de Dios, como lo son el amor, la Justicia y la Paz  ibeogo

 It all starts with humble beginnings and for Victor this “Creative Journey with Purpose” was a way to go home to his beloved El Salvador and fulfill a personal dream and to work with his life long friend, Pastor Miguel Tomas Castro from Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel. This wonderful Church had a plan to refurbish an existing building and create a “Youth House”.  What they needed was Victor; a creator, artist, musician, poet, actor/writer and an amazing teacher.  Victor recruited a young musician, Sarah Johnston to venture on this trip to teach English and music. The youth and their families have worked very hard to freshen up the building.  This photo journal takes us over a period of three months.  Victor is back home in Ottawa now and because his journey had a purpose, it will continue with the help of everyone her at home to contribute and encourage these young people to enrich their lives with strong faith, to live in solidarity and to continue their journey in cultivating the arts and making it a productive part of the moulding of these young lives.

This is our invitation to follow the “A Creative Journey with Purpose

  
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Actividad Dia del Nino en Alegria
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The first weekend was a trip back to Alegria to celebrate Actividad Dia del Nino en Alegria
The fun is just beginning…
 
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Who invited these clowns to the party?
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Pass the balloon kidday4
Special treats
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The guys stick together
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Victor wants to play too
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The girl’s pinata 
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Victors initial visit to the Youth House in September when he arrived
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Exterior of the building
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Courtyard where great activities are yet to happen
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Interior needing a facelift
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Tired kitchen
 
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Fixing, cleaning and painting by the youth and their families
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Painting to prepare the canvas for a wonderful mural on the street front 
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Everyone takes a turn to hold the ladder
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Exterior repairs
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Team work
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All work and no play..the girls will be unhappy
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The masterpiece is underway
cleanup4 The mural is a masterpiece by the youth
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Rev. Miguel Tomas Castro enjoying the pre-opening concert  
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Very handsome cheering section
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When there is entertainment, let their be Victor 
Pre-opening concert
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Two old friends, Isaac and Victor were reunited.  They started up where they left of (many years ago) and recruited some younger blood, practiced hard in their spare time and were much in demand providing music at Church functions, Cal-Pipil, private invitations, community activities and on Radio Cadena Mi Gente.
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Here is “THE  WHOLE TEAM”savia3Practice, every night and it all paid off
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Opening Address
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Ribbon cutting ceremony
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Certificates of Recognition at the opening ceremonies
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Art Classes  
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Close up to some art
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Close up at some art
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Friends
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Guitar Classes
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Jamming Boys
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Mr Composer
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Keyboard Instruction
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Practice, Practice, Practice
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English Classes
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Ping Pong
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Celebrations at the end of Bible School
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Victor entertaining at the Bible School party
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We all fit in this small space
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I realize how spoiled I am at home.  I am homesick and miss my home cooked meals

So I am going to find me some Special Friends and go and have a feed of papusa.  Ummmmmmm.

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Bless this food!!  Victor having papusa with his closest nieces and nephews of Cal-Pipil

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kim Neals permalink
    January 27, 2010 11:48 pm

    WOW. Such happy looking children! Great work!

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