A music school for vulnerable children and families, a Latino immigrant's project
A Nicaraguan immigrant taught music to children waiting for asylum and is now seeking the means to open his own school in Riverside.
Nicaraguan Ernesto Javier Hernández arrived in the United States in March on an asylum visa. Hernandez is looking to create a school to teach music to children from vulnerable families, the idea came after he was able to give lessons to minors waiting in Mexico for their asylum cases to be processed.
For Ernesto, music saved his life when his family abandoned him at the age of 10, and that is a message he wants to pass on to children and families in vulnerable situations.
Ernesto left Nicaragua with $1.5 to begin a journey that would take 18 months to reach the Matamoros camp. Hernandez was forced to stay in this border city by the 'Stay in Mexico' program implemented during the Donald Trump Administration.
During this time he created a small music school among the tents of the migrant camp. His dream is to help for free through music.
The Central American says that playing the flute was what allowed him to finance his trip to the north. And although at the beginning of his stay at the camp he hardly played at all, little by little he recovered his spirits and decided to share his knowledge with others.
Pastor Eddie Ferguson of the Riverside church has joined Hernandez in realizing his dream of creating a music school. Hernandez continues to keep in touch with the border children and teaches them virtual classes.
Ernesto is currently seeking funding to start a school in Riverside to teach children from vulnerable families. Together with Pastor Ferguson, they have formed a GoFundMe campaign to raise $19,000.
Hernandez's intention is to purchase a mobile home in which he can live while teaching. The Ferguson church has committed to providing a place where Hernandez can park his home, receive food, water and electricity.