UNA Coffee Talk – July 16th @ 7:00pm
Magic in the Midst of Poverty and Oppression:
Empowering Bolivian Women and Girls
Debbie Rodriguez will talk about her work with underprivileged girls and women in Bolivia. A Peace Corps Volunteer from 1996-99 and on Peace Corps Bolivia staff from 1999-2002, for six years Debbie witnessed magic in the midst of harsh poverty, resilience in the midst of unbelievable odds, wisdom in the midst of seemingly insurmountable political corruption, and optimism in the midst of decades-long oppression. Debbie worked with homeless and underprivileged girls throughout Bolivia to improve their
economic situation. Most in demand were income-generating skills at the micro-enterprise level. Along with a group of artists, she formed VisionArte and traveled around the country teaching business skills, art, music, public speaking, and writing – empowering women teetering on the brink of survival to support themselves and their families. A docent at the Museum of Latin American Art for ten years,
Debbie Rodriguez is married to Bolivian artist and musician, Ramón Rodriguez, whose paintings and sculptures are housed in collections around the, world. Debbie and Ramón share a passion for Bolivian art and culture, running an art business, presenting talks and performing Bolivian music in communities throughout California.
When: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Where: All Saints Church Guild Room
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
$10 donation at the door – proceeds go to the ongoing work of the United Nations Association.