A music school for vulnerable children and families, a Latin immigrant project
Nicaraguan Ernesto Javier Hernández arrived in the United States in March on an asylum visa. Hernandez is looking to start a school to teach music to children from vulnerable families, the idea came after he was able to teach minors in Mexico waiting for their asylum claims to be processed.
For Ernesto, music saved his life when his family abandoned him at the age of 10, and it’s a message he wants to send to children and families in vulnerable situations.
Ernesto left Nicaragua with $ 1.5 to undertake a journey that would take 18 months to reach Matamoros camp. Hernandez was forced to stay in this border town by the “Stay in Mexico” program implemented under Donald Trump’s administration.
During this time, he created a small music school among the tents of the migrant camp. Her dream is to help for free through music.
The Central American says playing the flute was what helped finance his trip to the north. And although at the beginning of his stay at the camp he hardly played, little by little he came to his senses and decided to share his knowledge with others.
Pastor Eddie Ferguson of the Riverside Church joined Hernandez to realize his dream of creating a music school. Hernandez continues to stay in touch with border children and teach them virtual lessons.
Ernesto is currently seeking funding to open a school in Riverside to teach children from vulnerable families. Together with Pastor Ferguson, they formed a GoFundMe campaign to raise $ 19,000.
Hernandez’s intention is to buy a mobile home he can live in while teaching. The Ferguson Church is committed to providing a place where Hernandez can park his house, receive food, water and electricity.