For centuries, milagros have been used to ask for wishes, special intervention, and good fortune. They have been made from bone, tin, wood, silver, gold and other materials and pinned on the walls of churches. Today, throughout Latin America, milagros can be found in great abundance.
How does NLCI gather children’s voices?
On June 1, 1996, NLCI, as part of the historic Stand for Children gathering in Washington DC, created the opportunity to give children a venue to have their voices heard. Working with teachers from around the country, NLCI gathered more than 10,000 milagros and erected the first milagro wall at the Lincoln Memorial displaying children’s wishes, hopes and dreams for the future. With the same goal in mind, on April 30th, NLCI will deliver milagros from children across the country to President Obama. Copies of the milagros will also be sent electronically to the Senators from that state.
How can I join the movimiento?
Young people have many wishes—to go to college, to live in a safe community, to be healthy, to have a home—but rarely do they have the chance to share their wishes with adults, especially those in power. You can give the children in your community a platform where they can be heard. Join NLCI by gathering children’s milagros.
Work with children and teens in your community center, school, church, or even a feria or festival. Ask the children to think of what they wish for themselves, family or community in the future—what would they like to see changed in the community?
- Provide materials to make milagros. Recommended supplies include: tag board or construction paper, scissors, glue, ribbon, markers, crayons, watercolors, glitter, buttons, fabric scraps, etc.
- Children can cut the paper into any shape they wish. Ask the children to write their first name (no last names please!), age and city on the back. Younger children may need help writing.
- Ask them to write their milagro (wish) on the front. If there is a special issue, such as education, discuss what some of the components might be—not enough money for education, lack of enrichment programs, low graduation rates, etc.—and ask them to think about and write what they would like to have happen.
- Children can decorate the milagro with glitter, ribbons, or even just color a picture. Make a hole in the top of the milagro and tie a string or yarn for hanging.
- Gather the milagros and display them on the wall. Or send them to NLCI to help create the national voice for young Latinos.
For more information please contact NLCI at firstname.lastname@example.org