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Sinamune Disabled Children's Orchestra becomes more self-sustaining by opening a boutique

Since 2005, Grand Circle Foundation has partnered with the Sinamune Disabled Children's Orchestra in Ecuador, an organization that helps students with mental and visual challenges gain the confidence they need for the future. Over the course of six years, Foundation donations have helped refurbish the auditorium, purchase musical instruments, and build a kitchen and dining room.

Now, another project has been added to that list. It is the dream of Sinamune's founder, Maestro Edgar Palacios, to have the orchestra become self-sustaining through entrepreneurial activities. In February, Ada Palacios, Sinamune general manager, submitted a proposal to create a boutique to sell clothing, crafts, and other merchandise to help finance the institution.

As the boutique helps the orchestra to sustain itself, it can also teach students valuable skills, such as producing textiles, organizing workshops, generating support from the community, and managing money.

The Foundation granted the proposal, and on April 2, a ceremony was held to officially open "Solidarity Sinamune Boutique." Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) travelers were on hand for the ribbon cutting. Now, travelers on OAT's Ultimate Galápagos Exploration & Ecuador's Amazon adventure will have the opportunity to support the orchestra by purchasing shirts, T-shirts, bracelets, necklaces, and other Ecuadoran handcrafts available at the boutique.

Featured in our May 2012 E-Newsletter. Read the full issue here.