June 10, 2017
Hi there! My name is Dreana, and this is my third year fundraising for Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua. I'll give you the quick rundown:
WHO: Random Acts is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to conquering the world one random act of kindness at a time. Specifically, the Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua campaign funds the construction of the Free High School of San Juan del Sur's campus.
WHAT: FHS provides a free high school education to individuals who are unable to attend traditional high school, including women, adults, people who work during the week, people with children, and people who live in rural areas. This education empowers individuals to pursue their dreams, gain more independence, and break the poverty cycle.
WHEN: We started raising money for D2A in 2015. In February 2017, the first building of the new campus officially opened and classes are currently being held there! We are currently fundraising to pay for the construction of the second building. My personal goal is to fundraise $5,000 by November 2017.
WHERE: Nicaragua is an incredibly beautiful country located in Central America. It is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti. Access to education is still difficult to come by, especially in rural areas. Some rural areas still lack clean water and/or safe stoves. Smoke can become trapped in small homes and create chronic health problems from smoke inhalation.
Because it pays for the construction of Free High School.
It provides paychecks for a hard working group of Nicaraguan construction workers, so that they can better feed their families.
It increases access to education.
It supports local organizations.
It provides rural communities with clean water and safe stoves.
It empowers students.
It changes the world.
HOW: I'm so glad you asked. You can....
*Make a tax deductible donation right here on Crowdrise
Still have questions? Feel free to ask them over at my Fundraising Facebook page.
RANDOM ACTS wrote -
In Nicaragua, being born in a rural community often precludes access to high school education and all the opportunities in life that come with it, especially for women. Many rural families practice subsistence farming and do not generate enough income to meet their basic needs even excluding education. These and other individuals such as women who are pregnant or have children, anyone over 18, and people who must work during weekdays are excluded from regular schools.
The Free High School of San Juan del Sur gives these students a chance at secondary education and a better life. In 2012, Random Acts fundraised to help them purchase a bus. In 2015, we took on a much bigger dream: a Center for Human Development which now serves as a campus for the Free High School. We raised the money to complete the first building of the new campus, and in both 2015 and 2016, our top fundraisers traveled to San Juan del Sur with us to meet both teachers and students and to put their own physical effort and sweat into building the campus.
This year, the first building is ready for students but they still need equipment and more classroom space, so we're fundraising to furnish the first building and construct the second building of the campus.
Without their own campus, the Free High School students are second class citizens in the eyes of the state, their community, and even themselves. These older adolescents and adults squeeze themselves into elementary school desks and chairs every Saturday, they have very little access to a computer lab that’s far away, and they are treated as lower class students; the discountable.
It’s time to give these deserving students a beautiful campus of their own, complete with a library and a computer lab. Doing so not only gives the school a home, but also teaches the students – some for the first time in their lives – that they are equal to their peers, and valued citizens of the world.
Please join us in turning this dream into reality!
The first 25 people who raise $5,000 on this Crowdrise page between now and November 10th, along with one lucky drawing winner, will be able to join the Random Acts team on our last trip to San Juan del Sur next February 9-16 (subject to change based on opening ceremony date). Click the “Fundraise for this Campaign” button to get started!
For more details about the Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua project, including requirements for joining the trip, please visit our Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua website.
Important information regarding the funds you raise or donate: All donations raised through the Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua fundraising campaign on Crowdrise will go to Random Acts, a division of The Art Department, Inc. The primary commitment for these funds is to construct the Center for Human Development in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and to support any other local organizations with whom we may choose to partner (this includes administrative and operational expenses associated with our D2A: Nicaragua project). Should funds from this campaign be available after our commitment is satisfied, we reserve the right to re-allocate them to past or future development projects or special initiatives.