FOR DECADES, SOME CUBAN EXILES have felt disdain at the thought of visiting their home island. That’s meant some Cuban Americans have only stories, or maybe a few photos or keepsakes, from their families’ native land. But now, four children of exiles are trying to help young Cuban Americans form their own memories of Cuba.
The CubaOne Foundation is setting up four free trips of 10 people each for Cuban Americans between 22-35 years old. It’s the brainchild of Daniel Jimenez, Giancarlo Sopo, Cherie Cancio and Andrew Jimenez. The Miami-area young professionals modeled their program after Birthright Israel, which offers free trips for young Jews to learn about Israeli culture and make connections with other Jews.