Due to time contraints, I find it hard to stay in contact with Casa Alianza let alone go. However, I heard from my friend Carolina Hernandez who works in the computer lab that there have been changes, especially since I was volunteering. They now take in much younger kids, which is great to see. I used to think it was entirely teenagers.
I also bumped into a boy who was there three years ago when I was volunteering called Juan Carlos, who I’ve mentioned before when he’s been involved with dance events. He claimed to be the best English student in all of Casa Alianza when he first met me, and I’m proud to say his English has come on a long way and he could keep a conservation going in English for four laps around Villa Olímpica, the sports centre where I saw him with a church group. Unfortunately he had some sad news that his older sister had a tumour and he was unsure of her chances of survival, but JuanCar, as he is commonly known, is a strong kid, or rather young man. Casa Alianza has given him a steady basis to launch off into adulthood. I’m dead proud of him.
From what I understand, Casa Alianza Nicaragua is preparing for the Street Child World Cup in South Africa. From what I remember of their Honduran counterparts, they had an extremely strong team that could do very well. Watch this space.
Also, Suzanne Vega, who recently did a tour of the Uk, has written the foreword of my book. Let’s see what the next step is. Again, watch this space. Here is the most well known song from Ms. Vega. Tom’s Diner. http:// http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-26hsZqwveA