As a Musical Ambassador of Peace, Ari facilitates drum and dance sessions for refugees and asylum seekers in California and Mexico. For the past year, she has been holding dance sessions via Zoom to keep her connection with asylum seekers stuck in Mexico during the pandemic. Gente Unida and Musical Ambassadors of Peace have united to bring more dancing to families at Mexico shelters and unaccompanied migrant children at the San Diego Convention Center.
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Besides wellbeing support through music, Musical Ambassadors of Peace, donates money, hygiene products, clothes, and food to shelters hosting asylum seekers. Gente Unida with a matching fund through Healing Hands has raised over $10,000 this year. Because of this donor support, we have overseen projects that foster a healing environment for migrant children and their families in several shelters in Mexico. For the latest videos and news of the Central America sessions, please follow Ari on Instagram.
Voice of San Diego: Bringing Music and Dance to Asylum Seekers, One Drumbeat at a Time
Chicago Tribune: Drum circle helps refugee women heal from trauma