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Building Schools for Guatemala's poorest kids with volunteers in recovery: Hope is the New Dope!

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The Countdown Has Begun and We are ALMOST THERE! Please Help, We Need Only $9,400 to Change the Lives of Hundreds of Poor Children in Guatemala! You can help build a school for some of the most impoverished children in South America and support those working hard to continue recovery in their journey fighting addiction. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet and heroin addiction in the Atlanta area is skyrocketing at an epidemic level. In 2015 there were over 200 deaths due to overdose in the metropolitan Atlanta area, more than 300 across the state. Heroin and other opiates are readily available and the number of young people experimenting with the drug, becoming immediately addicted, is at a horrific rate of growth. Relapse in recovery is all too common: on average 90% of users will relapse within the first three months of their recovery. “Hope is the New Dope” is an initiative to provide those recovering from addiction to stay on the road to recovery through valuable community service. Please view this video on the Bottle School Project in Guatemala, made possible through a collaborative with Hug It Forward, The WorldVentures Foundation, and The Power of Peace Project. You can also learn more by visiting the website, Over the Thanksgiving holiday 25 young adults, families impacted by addiction and other travelers will be a part of the Guatemala Bottle School Project, building a school for the most impoverished children in South America. The innovative schools are built with “eco-bricks” created through recycled plastic bottles. “Hope is the New Dope” is the opportunity for recovering addicts to give back to children in dire need, and experience the “natural high” of selfless volunteerism. They will dedicate the school in memory of those who have lost their lives because of heroin overdose. This innovate “Voluntourism” effort is led by Nadine Psareas, who is no stranger to the heartache of heroin addiction. Her 23-year old son Nick is a recovering addict and she understands the probability of relapse all too well. As an independent representative and corporate trainer for pace setter global travel and technology corporation WorldVentures, she saw the potential to aid young addicts through travel and meaningful, hands on volunteer labor to build an entire school. The estimated comprehensive cost is $50,000. The WorldVentures Foundation has secured nearly $20,000 and generous individuals have contributed another $15,000, primarily through the GoFundMe website. The leadership at GoFundMe was so impressed with the creativity of melding volunteerism, new approaches to maintain recovery to addiction and humanitarian aid to the children of Guatemala that they donated another $1,000. Importantly, the young adults struggling with addiction are required to raise funds to sponsor their trip. WE ARE ALMOST THERE AND NEED YOUR HELP! If 94 caring people whose lives have been touched, hurt by the heroin epidemic each donate $100, our trip is on! We also could benefit from your airline miles, which can be easily donated. Please know every dollar raised will be put to immediate use and your investment in these lives will have an impact that will last for years to come.


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