Ileana, a little girl with a big heart and lightning smile, grew up in a trash dump community in Managua, Nicaragua. As a child she was prostituted to make money for her family. Tragically, she contracted HIV and passed away in 2011. Inspired by Ileana’s courage and smile, Love Light + Melody and Founder/Musician, Brad Corrigan (member of Dispatch), are producing a documentary film and soundtrack in honor of Ileana’s short, beautiful and bold life to raise funding and awareness for a school in her honor in Nicaragua.
Click here to watch the trailer and learn more about the project
Love Light + Melody (LL+M) serves vulnerable children by amplifying their stories, inspiring hope for them through music, art and sports, and transforming their lives through education. LL+M is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of Denver, Colorado. LL+M was originally founded in 2007 by musician Brad Corrigan to raise funds and awareness for a community of children living and working in the La Chureca trash dump community in Managua, Nicaragua. Since then LL+M’s focus has been on raising awareness for these children in Nicaragua through a film project called Ileana’s Smile. LL+M is leveraging the film to raise funding for the building of Ileana’s School of Hope, an elementary school which will provide a safe space for kids facing the most difficult of circumstances to learn, thrive, and be filled with hope for their future.