For the young boys and girls from Sierra Morena, choosing a positive life plan can be a difficult decision.
Life for young people in that violent suburb of San Salvador is often affected by gangs and crime.
Despite witnessing violence in their neighbourhoods, these youth have chosen to promote peace and pursue a positive life.
Canada invited forty boys and girls to visit the Salvadorian National Theatre and watch the opening show of El Ogrito.
The children and their parents, active-community leaders who are supportive of a violence free youth, watched the play and enjoyed a discussion afterwards.
The play tells the story of an ogre child who struggles between the influence of a violent inheritance and the need to engage in his peaceful bright present. It also portrays the ogre’s overprotective mother, who wants nothing but the best future for her child.
El Ogrito is an adaptation of the play L’Ogrelet by Québécois author Suzanne Lebeau, and is performed by Genesis Teatro Ensamble from Costa Rica.
The boys and girls who attended actively participate in Canada-supported afterschool clubs where they practice arts, music and sports. They plant trees in their neighbourhoods and promote violence prevention initiatives in their communities.
“I loved everything about the play. It makes me think that whether you go down a right path or wrong path in life, you can choose.” – Fatima, age 7
Fatima, who was accompanied by her father, lives in the community of Sierra Morena. Canada has provided ongoing support for projects to prevent violence in Sierra Morena since 2010.
Events such as this provide a great opportunity to engage youth in positive change, and to highlight the relevance of Canadian authors in El Salvador.