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Team Member: Nicolas O'Connor
Hi everyone! My name is Nick O'Connor, and I am fundraising to support myself this winter and spring as I volunteer with EduAmistad Ecuador. As a founding member of the organization and an Ecuadorian-American, I feel really passionate about the mission to bring health and English education to underprivileged students in and around Guayaquil. Any funds received will help pay for my flight, housing, transportation, and other necessities that will help me complete my volunteer work and plan for the future of this awesome organization! Thanks!
Ariel Yardeni wrote -
Who We Are
EduAmistad Ecuador, Inc. is a registered nonprofit in New York State that specializes in providing no-cost health and English education to underprivileged students in and around Guayaquil, Ecuador. During this past summer – summer 2015 – we (Nick O'Connor and Ariel Yardeni) have been working alongside government officials, community leaders, and local university students to pilot our program which uses progressive education techniques to engage the students in an interactive learning experience.
In the upcoming winter, we plan to bring ten to twenty students (depending on fundraising) to Ecuador with us to be our first group of volunteer health and English educators. At EduAmistad Ecuador, we are really passionate about our work in education because we see a real need in the communities we work in for creative and engaging solutions. Speaking to our health classes, Ecuador has the second highest rate of teenage pregnancy in all of South America (76 out of every 1000 high school age girls will give birth), and many students drop out due to drug addiction and sales. Many of the students we will work with to teach English have returned to school and are on accelerated tracks to complete their education and learn a trade. We will work at community centers that serve as safe spaces for learning and rebuilding lives.
What We Need
This isn't cheap. Clearly. Hence the fundraising. As a start-up NGO, we need funds for a lawyer and accountant. We also need $400 to pay for our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status so that when people donate in the future they can get money back from their taxes. Money raised past fees for those three things will go to our fund for activities like advertising our program, developing the best curriculum possible, sending paperwork between New York and Ecuador, the cost of running our program in the winter, and bringing ourselves and other students to Ecuador.
Ariel Yardeni is a rising senior at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College CUNY, studying Chinese and Education Policy; she has experience teaching with and ultimately coordinating the Hunter College chapter of Peer Health Exchange. She also teaches English with the Chinatown Literacy Project and has taught English abroad in rural China. Ariel has a passion for education is developing countries and plans to enter a career in public health where she can help others discover new vocabularies and skills to access a better understanding of their health.
Nicolas Enrique O’Connor is a rising junior at Harvard College, studying English and Economics. Being half-Ecuadorian, Nick has a very strong connection to this organization. For quite some time, he has been interested in helping the country of his mother, and he is very excited to finally have the chance to help in an impactful way. Nick has experience in marketing and retail as well as experience working with the International Strategy and Reconciliation Foundation which does medical, humanitarian, and science diplomacy work in North Korea.
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