Forget Batman or Superman, this is a real superhero:
This is Igor Xoyón, principal of My Melody School. We visited there this morning to see the amazing work he and his staff are doing in providing education, healthcare and support to Maya children who live in poverty.
It resulted in a rollercoaster of emotions as we learned about his background and life, his aims, the lives of the children outside of school and what he has achieved in the last 10 years at My Melody. It is something I will be sharing during an assembly when I get back.
We then met the children and spent a few hours seeing their lessons and play, and what a joy that was. From the age of three, they are given extremely high-quality education and grow up with skills in reading, writing, maths and many other curriculum areas that will hopefully allow them to break out of poverty. As we had learnt a little Kaqchikel yesterday, we tried it out on some of the kids, and they thought it was very funny hearing us speak the language that they are learning alongside Spanish and English.
The visit touched us all in so many ways today. Diane is looking at setting up a UK-based charity that can pass funds on directly to the school, as foreign money can only come through Canada at the moment. It would be great to be a part of that when that is done, seeing the impact that the school has on these children’s lives gives such a purpose in wanting to help in any way possible.