Thursday, February 9, 2023

Colombia: Children rejoice with Star Wars toys and clubs

BOGOTA ( Associated Press) – Hundred children from vulnerable families cheered Thursday in the Colombian capital to receive Christmas gifts donated by a foundation and to see live Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca, Jawas and Darth Vader.

Maria Eugenia Vasquez, 44, arrives with her two grandchildren to receive gift bags from the Fundación Vida Nueva, which she met when she was a sex worker. He told The Associated Press that his life “has changed” and more than a decade ago he quit that job and found a donated home. She is now part of the foundation’s theater group and helps other women.

For the foundation’s director, Nora Cruz, the Christmas activity is part of a whole process she has guided over decades of vulnerable women in prostitution, who are usually “abused, abused, both by pimps and by their clients.” In addition to giving gifts, they also provide labor and cultural training.

Brimming with excitement, boys and girls huddle together to receive skateboards, soccer balls, dolls, and clothes donated by the companies and people who sponsor them. They came from impoverished neighborhoods near the central Plaza de Bolivar, where the courts and Congress are located.

Some were taking pictures with Chewbacca or Darth Vader, whom they used to see in the movies. In reference to the Wookiees’ home planet, beneath the handmade outfits were members of a fan club called Clan Kashyyyk, which for two years supported social causes and participated in science fiction events.

Clan spokesman Omar Zamora recalls that just as there are moments of joy when they attend social functions without charge, others do not, especially when they meet a girl with cancer as Chewbacca, Who told him that he had seen a figure similar to him. when he was about to die. “At that point I fell apart, I had to leave the site,” he told the Associated Press.

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