Heroes and Heroines are Filled with Hope
Building an Orchestra of Hope is a picture biography of Favio Chavez who began to teach the gancheros' children how to play music in 2006. Since that time, the orchestra musicians and their families have performed throughout the world, collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the families and raised funds in a charity concert to build a community health center.
The real heroes and heroines in this story are the families who live in Cateura, Paraguay, a small village built on a landfill of garbage.
Chavez gave music lessons, but the people of Cateura learned to share their new found hope for a better life with each other and the world.
Hope is the strongest superpower we can give to our children. If you can share only one book this month with your kiddos, choose Building an Orchestra of Hope. Chavez and the people of Catuera are an inspiration for all of us.
Making it Real
Learn more about the Recycled Orchestra of Catuera at their website or watch the 2014 documentary, Landfill Harmonic on Amazon, iTunes, or Vemio.
If your child is fascinated, try making an instrument from found objects or recycled materials with Zing Instruments 27 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make with Your Kids.
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