Bridges to Community: Nicaragua Build
Organized by: Rebecca Pepe
EVENT DATE Aug 15, 2015
Hello! My name is Becca thank you so very much for visiting my page.
My first Bridges to Community service trip was humbling, to say the least. We were tasked with building the foundation for a school. I was thrilled! The foundation: what a meaningful and symbolic root from which to build a school. After my first 3 hours of digging in the dense Nicaraguan dirt, I was confident, certain even, that my hole had achieved the mandatory 6' x 6' dimensions. A gracious local mason arrived at my hole, offered a hopeful "almost, almost" and proceeded to dig at double my pace. The infinite patients and unconditional hospitality of the individuals I met helped me to realize the true impact of programs like these.
Bridges to Community begins working with a village only upon receiving an invitation to work there. The staff relies on local community leaders to identify impactful projects that will benefit the area. Volunteers are invited to help in the building of these projects, participate in cultural education, and upon returning home, share their experience of acceptance and service. The volunteer fee, for which I am fundraising, covers not only the cost of room, board, and building materials, it also provides funds for scholarships and programming for Nicaraguan students.
Upon return of this first trip, I was re-energized to apply for graduate programs in public health. I am thrilled to be studying public health with advocates committed to global health justice, who, like Bridges to Community, realize the importance of engaging with communities as partners for shared discovery. I have learned about how housing can directly cause poor health outcomes and how a tile floor and tin roof, like that which we will be building, can be the single factor which prevents diseases, increases life expectancy, and improves mental health. I am confident that this home will not only improve the well-being of a single family, it will quite literally improve community-level health. This is where I find my greatest joy. And I ask you, with giddy excitement and immense gratitude, for your support for this mission. I am deeply honored for the opportunity to work with selfless masons, tireless staff members, welcoming families, and determined volunteers.
I am off to listen to a few more Pimsleur Spanish lessons, but thank you again for reading and your support.
And as a bit of encouragement: If you donate...
$1.......I will be forever grateful-- every bit counts!
$30.....I will send you a hand-written thank you:)
$70.....I will send you an original, Nicaraguan post-card printed by yours truly!
$100...I will send you an authentic Nicaraguan keepsake in addition to the postcard.
Thank you so much!