the annex to Los Pipitos has been completed! We have just received the first pictures of it from our agent, Veronica, and are very pleased to be able to show them to everyone. Thank you, once again, to Elsie Elder for her very thoughtful and generous contribution which she made on behalf of her daughter, Elisabeth, who passed away in December 2012. Elisabeth's photo can be seen at right. The new annex is really going to make a difference to the people who attend and work in Los Pipitos.
We are very pleased to announce a few new donors!
Elsie Elder, who on behalf of her daughter, Elisabeth Rose Elder, donated $6,000. This donation will be used to build an annex on Los Pipitos, our school for the disabled. The annex will be for preschoolers, who need a separate space to play and learn. We have hired a contractor and building has already begun! We greatly appreciate Elsie's kind offer to help Los Pipitos.
Joy Susanna Wood, who took the initiative to hold her own fundraiser for Los Pipitos last week. She managed to raise over $1,000 (Australian). Congratulations, Joy!
Bernard Eberlein, of Thank You Products, who added the NCF to a list of partnered charities. In the first two months, Bernard's company raised over $200 from his Vancouver Island customers for our foundation. Thank you very much, Bernard!
Opening celebrations for the new preschool were held on August 6, 2013. Despite a bout of food poisoning, Chad and Cassie Phillips represented the NCF and even made a speech in Spanish for the first time. Many thanks to both! They continue to amaze us with their commitment to helping Miravalle. We (and the people of Miravalle) will be forever grateful to them both for everything they've done.
Congratulations to everyone involved. It was a lot of work and much of it had to be done during the rainy season. Many people chipped in to make this dream a reality for the little community. Special thanks to Chad and Cassie Phillips for their fundraising efforts! Chad and Cassie took on this project happily and saw it through to the end, despite many difficulties along the way. We are very grateful to them both!
The Nicaragua Children’s Foundation is pleased to announce that on May 10, construction will begin on a preschool in the small town of Miravalle, Nicaragua! Chad and Cassie Phillips, with the help of others in their hometown of Camrose, Alberta, have raised over ten thousand dollars, which will be enough to build Miravalle’s first preschool. Chad and Cassie have been on several trips to San Juan del Sur, and spent some of their time there helping to repair the Ojochal preschool’s roof. Chad and Cassie will be travelling to Nicaragua to help with the preschool’s construction on May 10. Miravalle is a small rural town outside of San Juan del Sur. Currently, Miravalle has one (very small) elementary school and no preschool—the people of Miravalle are very much looking forward to this new addition to their community. Thank you, Chad, Cassie, and the residents of Camrose, Alberta! The Nicaragua Children’s Foundation will continue to provide updates as this project goes forward (please look in the “Projects” tab for the latest news on Miravalle’s preschool).
KIA is a group of dedicated and caring dentists and dental hygienists from Alberta, Canada, led by Amil Shapka. A total of more than 40 people showed up to help out the people of our projects in March 2013. They worked very hard, under adverse conditions, doing fillings, cleanings and extractions for both adults and children. We are very grateful that they were able to find the time to come to Nicaragua and to work with our foundation and hope they'll consider coming back one day!
Pictured here are some of the women from our Ojochal microloan project at the Turning on the Lights celebration.
Our experience with the Nicaraguan Children’s Foundation was exceptional. Four words came to mind afterwards: Do Good. Feel Good. The work you’ve done in that area is astounding. Although we didn’t have an opportunity to see the school in the town, we met a man at Pali who worked with the Special Needs school and felt like we were a part of the organization. Oliver, Martin, Percy, the driver, and especially Veronica were the height of professionalism with a huge helping of compassion. Once we connected with Veronica we knew our dream was going to come true. Not only did she direct our mission and guide us in what to buy for these two families, but she gave us Spanish lessons all along the way! The whole experience was amazing and I highly recommend that anyone who is remotely considering either a trip to Nicaragua or doing some good in the world, hook up with the Nicaraguan Children’s Foundation for direction on how their benevolence can be put to the best use.
Eliza and I are committed to doing this again but with a group of people next time. Thank you for letting our dream merge with your dream.
By Kim Hornsby, Seattle WA