March has been eventful at La Europa. We’ve welcomed some wonderful new girls, celebrated a graduation, and participated in several fun activities. Here are a few highlights:
Girl Rising: The girls celebrated International Women’s Day by attending a special screening of the documentary Girl Rising, described as an “innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world… The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian ‘pavement-dweller’ whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.” Watching the movie opened a really our eyes and a positive dialogue. It had a powerful impact on the girls, who discussed each story and their own educational privileges on the return trip to LEA.
Jump On It: Even though we’ve visited the large trampoline venue before, the girls always enjoy the chance to run, flip, bounce, and climb. We especially enjoyed having the expansive facility entirely to ourselves this time. Girls used the rope swings to fly from perches and land on the bouncy surfaces below. They flipped from trampoline to trampoline and got extra air to dunk balls into basketball hoops. Several girls scaled the climbing wall only to let go and fall into the cushioning pit of foam below. They slid down slides, climbed ropes, and did a lot of laughing. The time seemed to pass too quickly, but the exercise and the free reign were a lot of fun while they lasted.
Mummies of the World: Today marked our second visit to The Leonardo. The interactive museum brings together the best of science, art, and technology and often hosts fascinating exhibits. Currently, they are hosting the traveling Mummies of the World exhibit which started with the discovery of “an incredible collection of 20 human mummies and many precious artifacts… in a forgotten storage basement in a German museum….The mummies, which once belonged to artist Gabriel von Max (1840-1915), had never been researched and most had no documentation explaining who they were, where they were from or why they were collected…. Started in 2004, the German Mummy Project is the largest mummy research project in the world” (-excerpt from the exhibition’s learning guide). The exhibit contained artifacts, intentionally mummified humans and animals, and also naturally preserved mummies from Egypt, Asia, South America, and Europe. It presented scientific, historic, and cultural information in interactive, fascinating, and respectful displays. The girls enjoyed their visit and we all learned quite a bit in the process.