Ephanta Nanabí loves everyone in Juárez
Great efforts have been made around the presence in Juarez of Nanabí, a life-size sculpture of an elephant , resulting in many organizations participating in the events and ecological activities that are planned around her stay with us.
Nanabí is located on the esplanade of the Centro Cultural Paso del Norte, and so far has reached hundreds of children and adolescents daily, as they meet and receive their environmental legacy.
On Wednesday morning numerous students gathered around her, including the primary Federal America, Ramón Rebolledo Solano, Federal High School 15, Teresian College and more.
La Banda de Guerra Technical High School 60 dazzled young and old with their dances, taps, marches and movements, and the group leader, Rafael Castanon, said his band, which has received numerous honours, was finding it was a pleasure to work with all the activities of Mrs. Elephanta.
Staff of the Art in the Park initiative worked with young carers to complete environmental drawings and play games, prompted by the presence of Nanabí.
Members of the Association of Scouts in Juarez also helped in the logistics and organization of the event, and performed fun routines with the kids.
"We're making dynamic and interactive games which burn off some of the high energy of the kids, and we are here to help organise a successful event," said Hilda "Akela" Paez , Scout leader.
He said that since February 24, when the lady elephant arrived, they have answered the call to spread the positive message of the pachyderm.
"We've put in all the enthusiasm in the world, and today in addition to games, our partner Hector Solorio is coming today to entertain children with his character, the Clown McLovio" said "Akela ", pointing at the stage where the show began its Clown Scout, amid the shouts and applause from the audience.
The name Nanabí means Mother Nature in the Mazahua language, and is being used by the organisers for the journey of the elephant through our region. She is made of truck tires and other waste materials, and was created to instil a culture of environmental care. Nanabi is the matriarch of a herd of twelve animals, all made of recycled materials that are situated in different parts of the planet, where they will reach the greatest number of people with the message of the sculptor, Andries Botha of South Africa.
Nanabi will remain in Juarez until Thursday 11 March, and there will be a day at the Chamizal Park in El Paso, Texas, after which she is scheduled to be transferred to the Texas Zoo. Thereafter, the eco-sculpture will continue its way north through the U.S. and Canada before returning to her native Africa to be present as environmental ambassador to the World Soccer Championship to be held in June 2010.