Friends of Batahola supports, sustains and promotes the Cultural Center of Batahola Norte in Managua, Nicaragua, through prayer, financial assistance, solidarity and building community, there by responding to the call of the Gospel.
Karla Cristina Zamora is a folkloric dance instructor at the Center and also works professionally as a lawyer. Motivated by her mother to attend Sunday mass, she came to the Center for the first time when she was just 10 years old. Thanks to the Centers’ founders she learned the lyrics of the Nicaraguan popular mass and her first steps of Nicaragua’s traditional folkloric dance. She studied high school in Cuba thanks to a scholarship that Sister Margarita encouraged her to apply for. Besides teaching folkloric dance at the Center, she decided to become a lawyer to defend her rights and accompany others in the defense of theirs. Karla Zamora Karla is proud to continue shaping new generations and preserve Nicaraguan culture & identity. Likewise, she considers dance as a means of social transformation in which boys and girls can strengthen their self-esteem, body language and creativity.
-Anne Marie Sherlock, student SUA and IHM parishioner (2016)
-John Norman, Trip co-coordinator and McNicholas H.S. faculty
We are inspired by the mission and vision of the Cultural Center of Batahola Norte of “sharing who we are and what we have to help transform society into the Kingdom of God”. So we are committed to support them through prayer, financial assistance, solidarity and building community, thereby responding to the call of the Gospel. In the same way we ask you to support this community in need of friends and partners in living the Gospel of God.
The Cultural Center’s priority is to work with the women and children who most bear the weight of social and economic inequity, to break the cycle of poverty and restore hope in a better tomorrow. That objective is at the heart of the Center’s mission to empower and transform its students and community through access to education, arts and culture. Since 1983, the Center has helped thousands of women, children and youth to defend their rights, finish their schooling, find and develop new sources of income, and improve their standard of living.