A recently formed association, known as AMLA – Association Monegasque pour l’Amerique Latine – will be holding a Santa’s Christmas tree workshop for children from two to eight years old on Tuesday, December 19.
“The association came to life three months ago, organised by five young women from Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala and Colombia, all with strong Latin American roots, while being very international and Monaco locals at the same time,” Daniela Spanier, the association’s President said.
“After living several years in Monaco we have become fans of its openness towards different cultures and subjects, its warm hearted-communities and its very dynamic and wide range of cultural offerings.
“Latin America is a very diverse and culturally rich area, where dance, music and food as well as social interdependence play a fundamental role in creating a unanimous identification with the area.”
Ms Spanier describes “Latinos” as having a reputation for being cheerful, friendly, active and a outgoing and very well educated – even though there are very high levels of illiteracy – which has given rise to thousands of renowned artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, as well as its gastronomy.
“It is here where we see our mission, as a point of reference between the principality of Monaco and the countries of Latin America. We will promote sociocultural exchange and rapprochement between both and identify synergies to build on, through several events during the year, such as expositions, conferences, concerts, gala evenings, day activities to name some examples, always with the goal of cooperation and exchange.”
Funds raised by the association will be put to use in key areas in our countries, such as health, infrastructure and education and partnerships with local and international charity authorities.
The tree workshop will run from 4 pm until 6:30 pm at Twiga, with a charitable donation requested of €35, which includes the workshop, goodie bags, Santa’s visit, snacks and drinks for all, plus singing and dancing. All the funds raised will go to Richmond Global Health Alliance, a health project for Nicaragua’s children.