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Singer Miguel Bose Leaves His Heart with Indigenous Children of Nayarit

Fidel Orantes - Agencia Reforma
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November 19, 2013

Miguel Bosé at the opening of a indigenous school hostel as sponsor for CIE Foundation, in the community of Del Nayar, Nayarit.

El Nayar, Nayarit - The smell of wood smoke filled the place. The afternoon wore on and the smell of fresh bread eventually enveloped  everything.

The people of Santa Cruz de Guaybel formed the 'Pan mej atagua' (loosely translated as 'Best Friends Bakery') that caught the attention of singer Miguel Bosé, who visited the grand opening of the business at one of the indigenous school hostels, Lázaro Cárdenas in Nayarit, Mexico.

For the 60 children who receive care at the hostel, the famous singer is not only their person of the year, but gives them the opportunity to have a better life. Miguel Bosé, with popular songs such as "Amante Bandido," is the official sponsor of the project CIE Foundation.

"This project, along with all who support it, is like the apple of my eye. I'll be at many more openings and we want to reach the 50 shelters," said Bose.

The purpose of these boarding schools is to support indigenous children to have continuing education and complete their studies, providing accommodation, food, medical care and support for extracurricular activities, allowing the healthy overall development, from the cultural perspective of the ethnic group to which they belong, promoting the organization and active participation of parents and the community in general.

Back in the hostel, Miguel Bosé and entourage were greeted by a brass band, later to start with the Pledge of Allegiance and the War Escort Military Zone No. 13 Band.

After the official ceremony with ribbon cutting, Bose toured the shelter with an entourage.

Coca-Cola Foundation, Fundación CIE, Future Foundation, Grupo Bimbo, HSBC, Nayarit Paradise Rotary Club and the CDI, provided the resources for remodeling and adaptation of this hostel, benefiting 104 children of 22 communities.

With a total investment of 17 million pesos, we conducted a comprehensive rehabilitation hostel buildings and built spaces for productive projects, one of the main objectives of civil society collaboration with CDI.

Among the new facilities are a woodworking shop, a bakery, a poultry farm, a nursery and fruit garden, an area for vegetables, a computer room, and a system to capture rainwater for drinking, playgrounds and a pot of rainwater harvesting.

The colorful costumes, the smiles of the children and musical notes captivated Bose, who came to tears when he heard his single "Te Amare" in the voices of children of the Alica Foundation, which closed the ceremony and he was presented with a Cora Mask made by the children of the hostel.

The singer planted an avocado tree, where he gave care instructions, and assured them that he would return to see the growth progress.

"One girl told me 'do not abandon us.'" Bose said "don't worry, we won't." None of the children who are here today are going to be neglected. We're talking about identity, dignity and cultural heritage of a country," he shared.

For more information, visit the CIE Foundation or Miguel Bose.

Translated and edited by Team Angels

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