Here in Cochabamba we are already starting to do some Christmas activities. I have spent the past few afternoons with the girls at Corazon del Pastor doing art projects to send to the states. A church in Danvers, Massachusetts is going to be doing a Christmas fundraiser featuring our organization. And we couldn’t be more excited about it because we need all the support we can get. We have also have alternative holiday gift options this year that you can give. Helping Ninos con Valor and helping someone learn about Bolivia is a great way to spread the joy this Holiday season.

On other art project notes, Barbara and I took eight of the girls to an art contest on Saturday. It was put on by Vivo Positivo, a Bolivian organization for people living with HIV/AIDS. It is a Bolivian wide contest for children ages 6-11 to draw and write a message of solidarity for HIV positive people in Bolivia. It was a great learning experience for our girls and the ones that participated did really well. Taking the bus, going to one of main plazas, and getting snacks all made the outing more fun. Video cameras were there and the winner will be featured on postcards and presented on World AIDS Day, which is December 1st. We are looking forward to seeing if our girls make it because they came up with some awesome ideas that were really well executed. I am so impressed by these girls artistic ability. Every day I do projects with them is so fun because their ideas and perspectives are so fresh, and some of them are very talented! Needless to say, it will be a day that I remember fondly and was a learning adventure for all of us.