First Steps to Cultural Understanding for US Teens

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Apr 18, 2014

Always a delight to distribute school supplies

Students happy with their backpacks
Students happy with their backpacks

An ongoing youth project has been the collection of school supplies and backpacks for children and teachers in Nicaragua.  It’s a successful project in part because students of any age understand the need and value of having basic supplies to complete their studies.  

Mirna, who assists with the distribution of the school supplies, sent these photos for donors to further understand how important their contributions are.  She commented, “Note the one kid barefoot, it kind of broke my heart and seeing the girls wearing flip flops instead of shoes. These are really poor families that have no money for a pair of shoes neither for a back pack so our donation was greatly appreciated. Thanks once again Sarah and Kaylee for your work with this project and for your enthusiasm to keep it going!”   (Sarah and Kaylee spend endless hours collecting supplies for the backpacks and putting them together) 

Collecting school supplies is a big job, not only are the high school students participating, but also civic and community groups, churches, and a host of other people finding out about the project and donating funds to buy supplies in Nicaragua or packaging supplies to be shipped, both methods work and are very much needed.

It's really helpful to have people like Lilliam, (from the Youth Ambassadors Project) on the other end helping with the distribution and determining where items are needed most. 

We often receive notes back from the students who receive backpacks, and this one written to Kaylee is my favorite…..

Hello Kaylee!  My name is Jorge and I am twelve, am in six grade of elementary school.

I live in Managua, Nicaragua and I just received your gift. I would like to tell you that I am surprised that persons like you exists in this world, persons with a big heart like yours who gives to those who don’t know but just know that even the smallest thing will put a smile on children’s face.

I cannot send anything for you because I don’t have any money but I can promise you that I will use everything you sent so that may be one day with luck I can be a little like you.

God bless you Kaylee and your parents for the wonderful work they have done with you. May God guide your steps to the good path just like you’ve been doing until now.   Thank you!

In summary, a heartfelt thank you to all who continue to support the Youth Projects which really helps the Youth in the U.S. have a better understanding of ways we can reach out to others, and seeing how important and valuable education is to those with fewer opportunities.

Distribution time
Distribution time
Much time, gas, energy goes into the collections
Much time, gas, energy goes into the collections
Getting things where they are needed most
Getting things where they are needed most
Lilliam is always a huge help to us!
Lilliam is always a huge help to us!
Preschool classes receiving supplies
Preschool classes receiving supplies



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