A point in the city of Managua where the culture and history are the main theme, and it is represented by young children is the “Centro Cultural Batahola Norte” (Cultural Center Batahola Norte). If you are interested in discover a sample of the Nicaraguan muralism, in assisting to the musical, singing and dancing performances, as well as having the opportunity to spend hours reading a variety of books, you can visit this place.
The “Centro Cultural Batahola Norte” was founded by Sister Margarita Navarro (U.S.) and the Priest Angel Torrellas (from Asturias, Spain) in 1983 with the aim of creating an educational center with the people and for the people, respecting the religious preferences by inculcating values and fostering families a decent standard of living.
The love for this community is reflected in every corner of the center. The entrance is covered by trees with labels that have phrases representing the American Indian´s idiosyncratic. The walls were painted by students and teachers with colorful murals depicting various themes of history, culture, family, gender and Nicaraguan nature.
The main mural is located in the ballroom, at the entrance of the center, and is called "Nuevo Amanecer” (New Dawn). It is in this place where children and young people make musical singing and dancing performances, to which all the interested public can assist.
The mural was painted in 1987 by the group “Boanerges Cerrato” (International) and it represents a new society created by the revolution. It can be appreciated in it angels women who reflect the Nicaraguan women and iconic characters in Latin American history.
Another attraction of this center is the two-story Community Library which has over 7,000 books distributed between Universal, Latin American, youth, and children literature. The library is open to all age groups, the books can be lent to take home and computers are loaned for information or work searches.
Moreover, this center is divided into four pragmatic areas: Training, Integral Education of the Children and Adolescents, Artistic and Cultural Promotion, and Prevention of Violence based on gender and generational. It should be noted, that through these areas there have been served about 4,000 people a year.
The Center counts with the support of the organization “Friends of Batahola”, who have volunteers who travel from the United States to Nicaragua to participate in diverse activities and offer English classes to children and young people. Besides this classes, in the center the children receive music, theater, painting, singing, cooking, beauty and fashion classes.
Everyone is welcome at the center and those who wish can participate as a volunteer supporting children and youth of the community to achieve to obtain a better future.
Fot those foreigners and nationals interested in participating as a volunteer, you can contact:
International Resource Liaison
Foreigners interested in donating:
The Friends of Batahola
P O Box 36159
Cincinnati, OH 45236-0159 USA
Facebook page of the Batahola Norte Cultural Center
Website Friends of Batahola
From the old American Embassy, 1 block West, 3 block North, 1 block West.