BFLA has toured nationally and internationally since 2009 and currently is under the artistic direction of Maestra Marisol González González. Graduating with multiple degrees and a former member of the prestigious touring folkloric dance company of the University of Colima, Marisol has taught folkloric dance in many companies, and ages across the board. She joined BFLA in 2013.
The Expressive Arts (all arts) are part of the daily life at CHLA and it has proven to be invaluable in helping children to heal emotional traumas, stay focused in school, and encourages self-confidence. The emphasis on the arts sets CHLA apart and helps to make it a unique and successful program.
CHLA strives to provide a solid foundation and opportunities for the youth to grow and become positive, productive adults in their community.
The founder, Nancy Nystrom, started CHLA in 1995 as a “soup kitchen” serving children living on the streets and in extreme poverty in Manzanillo and 1996 she opened CHLA’s doors as the full-time children’s home. Today, CHLA cares for an average of 80 children at any given time today. CHLA’s major funding comes from individuals, businesses, fundraising events, grants and service clubs.
For more information on these programs and to donate to BFLA, please visit: TCFCares.org.
“I believed that providing nutrition for hungry children was life-saving work. Empty stomachs need to be filled. Now I know that to make lasting change, we must fill their hearts and minds as well.”