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Crystal’s Song: A Message of Hope for Youth At-Risk

Music transports us. It touches our hearts. It can even unite us. But can a song help heal a painful past? For Crystal Goh, the answer is an unequivocal ‘yes.’

Meet Leo, Artist of Social Change

Five years ago, the forested trail leading to the most scenic waterfall in Bogotá, Colombia, was crime-ridden and awash with waste. Today, the same area is safe and well maintained. As part of the trail, a mural, depicting two swans and a human figure enveloped in a sea of tears, calls attention to mankind’s imbalanced relationship with nature. While in 2010 people avoided the area over safety concerns, now the site attracts more than 1,500 visitors a month.