EVENT DATE: Nov 10, 2013
"Going to School Shouldn't Have to be Dangerous!"
These children live in a remote mountain village called Los Arevalos. This area of high-elevation coffee plantations in El Salvador is extremely prone to earthquakes and heavy rain, exposing the children's current school to imminent danger of devastating mudslides.
My name is Andrea Vergara, and I am a proud Salvadoran living and working in Washington, DC, who wants to make a difference in the lives of some very special "cipotes" living in my home country. ["Cipotes" (see-poh'- tais), is an affectionate Salvadoran word for "children".]
After a typical rainstorm here, these kids must start their school day by shoveling mud from their classrooms -instead of learning.
Let's help change this! I will be running in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., on October 6, 2013, to raise money for the Central America Foundation for Rural Educational Development (CAFRED). These donations will help build a new and safe school for our cipotes!
CAFRED partners with communities to give children living in vulnerable conditions the opportunity to receive a quality education and improve their lives and their communities. CAFRED's fourth school will be in El Salvador in Los Arevalos. We want to give these kids the chance to spend their precious school day learning - free of fear!
Our goal is to raise a total of $7,000USD and your donation will build the first classroom of three.
Training for this marathon has already begun, and our spirits are high! There is nothing left to do but to ask for your support for “My Run for CAFRED”. Click on the button to the right to donate! Meet us at the finish line on October 6th and let's support CAFRED. Follow us on Twitter @MyRun4CAFRED.
I am Maria Luisa Hayem, a Salvadoran citizen currently living in Washington, D.C. I studied business and economics at the Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocios in El Salvador, hold a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and currently work for a development bank. Volunteering, by giving back to my country, is one of my favorite hobbies. I invite you to join me in trying to make the difference!
Thanks for supporting My Run for CAFRED and helping vulnerable kids in El Salvador have access to safe schooling. We still have a couple of weeks to keep training and be able to finish the 13.1 miles, but also to get to the goal of raising $7000.00. Please support us in reaching this goal by donating and letting others know about this great initiative that will change the lives of many.