First and foremost, I want to thank everyone that supported Dreams 2 Acts last year, whether you donated to my fundraiser or to that of one of my peers. You are helping to do an amazing thing that I believe in with all of my heart.
I want to take a moment to tell you what I saw in Nicaragua this past November...
I saw determination. I met with students who are working so much harder than I ever had to. They are overcoming in ways that I never even had to think about when persuing my own education. These are wonderful, hard working, deserving people. And the thing about it is... they're not looking to have anything handed to them. They WANT to do the work. Their desire to succeed is just that great.
I saw skill. What an amazing construction team! Not only were some of them students of the very school they are building, but many are parents as well. These workers had tremendous patience with us as we attempted to do what they seem to have mastered. The love that they are pouring in to their work is palpable on the construction site. I would trust them to build my home and know that they would take extreme care in doing so.
And, most of all (and I've already touched on it), I saw a lot of heart. Nicaragua was about love. Not complaint. Not complacency. Just love. It is love for themselves and for one another that will propel them forward. We are just here to cheer them on and give them the means to complete the project that they so very much deserve.
Please consider coming on board and sponsoring this wonderful work. It is my sincere hope to go back again in July and I'd love to take you with me through my stories, pictures, videos, and talks.
RANDOM ACTS wrote -
In Nicaragua, being born in a rural community often precludes access to high school education and all the opportunities in life that come with it, especially for women. Many rural families practice subsistence farming and do not generate enough income to meet their basic needs even excluding education. These and other individuals such as women who are pregnant or have children, anyone over 18, and people who must work during weekdays are excluded from regular schools.
The Free High School of San Juan del Sur gives these students a chance at secondary education and a better life. In 2012, Random Acts fundraised to help them purchase a bus. Last year, we took on a much bigger dream: a Center for Human Development which will serve as a campus for the Free High School. We raised the money to complete the first building of the new campus, and in November a team of our top fundraisers took a trip to San Juan del Sur with us to meet both teachers and students and to put their own physical effort and sweat into building the campus.
This year, we are fundraising for the second building of the campus, which will house the majority of the classroom space.
Without their own campus, the Free High School students are second class citizens in the eyes of the state, their community, and even themselves. These older adolescents and adults squeeze themselves into elementary school desks and chairs every Saturday, they have very little access to a computer lab that’s far away, and they are treated as lower class students; the discountable.
It’s time to give these deserving students a beautiful campus of their own, complete with a library and a computer lab. Doing so not only gives the school a home, but also teaches the students – some for the first time in their lives – that they are equal to their peers, and valued citizens of the world.
Please join us in turning this dream into reality!
The first 25 people who raise $5,000 on this Crowdrise page between now and May 15th, along with one lucky drawing winner, will be able to join the Random Acts team on the trip of a lifetime to San Juan del Sur this July 1-8. Click the “Fundraise for this Campaign” button to get started!
For more details about the Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua project, including requirements for joining the trip, please visit our Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua website.
Important information regarding the funds you raise or donate: All donations raised through the Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua fundraising campaign on Crowdrise will go to Random Acts, a division of The Art Department, Inc. The primary commitment for these funds is to construct the Center for Human Development in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and to support any other local organizations with whom we may choose to partner (this includes administrative and operational expenses associated with our D2A: Nicaragua project). Should funds from this campaign be available after our commitment is satisfied, we reserve the right to re-allocate them to past or future development projects or special initiatives.