A Message from Claudia Neal, our Chairperson
OBX Latin Festival Coming Soon!
On Sunday, September 18th from 11am – 6pm, at First Flight Middle School Athletic Fields, Verterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills NC, Mano al Hermano will again celebrate the many talents and cultural gifts that the Latino people contribute to our community by bringing together members from many different Latin American and Caribbean countries. We will showcase our traditions and flairs through delicious authentic food, traditional dance and music, a market place full of cultural wears and activities for the entire family to enjoy. This year’s event will include local and out of town dance groups, bands and genuine Latin food from Mexico and El Salvador. Combined fun for the entire family and to complement our annual Adult Soccer Tournament we are including a free children’s soccer workshop for age appropriate attendees and a Youth Soccer Tournament will take place as well. This coming year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before so please complete the Sponsorship, Crafter or Food Vendors agreements and send them back to us for processing so that we can get started on plans for the 2016 OBX Latin Festival!
Please consider the following contributions that we have made to our community in the past year:
- Family Literacy Program (FLP) – Growing in numbers of children, families, and volunteers, this in-home tutoring program helps the student achieve their potential by reviewing homework, doing special projects and serving as the child/family’s advocate on many levels. In addition, the FLP Director interacts with the teachers and other school officials on behalf of the Latino student. There are so many wonderful success stories and the teachers and parents have been so supportive. We have 110 elementary school children enrolled in our program, served by 25 volunteers. Unfortunately due to the number of children already on our long waiting list we have postponed taking additional requests from teachers. It is estimated that we could serve as many as 300 elementary school children, requiring another 40 tutors. Increased academic grades, completion of work and stronger relationship building are all results of the FLP, but we need financial support to continue and grow this program.
- English As A Second Language – We continue to serve 50 individuals through our two classes. A “Family Literacy for Parents” program that is in the planning stage will serve parents of the children enrolled in the Family Literacy Program.
- Roanoke Island Community Garden – The good will and positive community relationships between Latinos and Anglos built on a common desire to grow and share healthy fruits and vegetables was again accomplished as 25 plot owners grew superb gardens in our MaH Roanoke Island Community Garden. Much of our shared produce goes to the local food pantry.
- Home Repair – We facilitate a successful neighbor helping neighbor home repair initiative where Latino community members work together and now many Latino families live in safer and healthier homes.
- Hispanic Heritage Festival – Many businesses and individuals supported our 2nd Annual Hispanic Festival where over 3000 people helped us share our culture, celebrate our heritage and experience a true sense of positive integration!
It has been said that the Latino worker is the OBX’s quiet labor force working in our restaurants, lawn care and housekeeping/tourist industries. They are proud, hardworking and faith filled neighbors who contribute much to the beauty and livelihoods of many. We are asking for your support to help us continue our programs in the upcoming year. Your gift today will not only help our Latino neighbors help themselves, it will help make Dare County stronger, more educated, and a more equitable for all.
Your donation is tax deductible and so very much appreciated especially at this challenging time for Mano al Hermano “My Hand to my Brother”. Thank you.
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OBX Latin Festival is the Outer Banks’ only Hispanic Heritage month celebration. Come out and experience the many talents and cultural gifts Latinos contribute to our community through delicious authentic food, traditional dances and live musical performances. Our showcase of Latin American traditions will also include a marketplace full of cultural wears and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Complementing the festivities, we’ll have an Adult and a Youth Soccer Tournament which will include a children’s soccer workshop for age appropriate attendees.ADMISSION FREE FOR CHILDREN AND $2.00 DONATION FOR ADULTS!
Mano al Hermano is a local, community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower Latino families through education and positive integration programs. MAH serves as a central location that members of the Latino community trust to be a safe haven for the exchange of information that leads to building better lives. Our programs focus on three major areas; Family Support, Access to Educational Opportunities and Building Leadership within the Latino community.
To learn more about Mano Al Hermano, visit: http://www.manoalhermano.com