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Help Eric & Hannah build a school in Nicaragua

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BENEFITING: SEEDS OF LEARNING

EVENT DATE: Jun 19, 2016

Eric Raffini

THE STORY:

Dear friends,

In mid-June, my 13-year old niece Hannah and I will be headed down to Nicaragua to work with the local community of El Tule (near the city of Matagalpa) to build two new classrooms and a school kitchen . Yes, we are excited to mix cement, dig trenches and lay bricks! We will be part of a workgroup with 8 other families and the Sonoma-based nonprofit, Seeds of Learning (SOL). 

Steven and I have been involved with SOL for several years since our friends Ivan Lieben, Matt Evans and Dave Kyle have all served on their Board and often invite us to their annual live-auction and fundraising dinners. We have been impressed how much this local, grass-roots nonprofit has achieved for the children and communities in Nicaragua over the last 25 years  While we have enjoyed sipping wine, bidding on fun donated items, and the action of the live auctions, I've decided  to gain a better understanding of their work by joining a workgroup this summer.  Although Matteo is a little too young to be of much help, I've recruited my niece, Hannah to go along with me on this summer. Some of you may remember Hannah as the flower girl who pulled Matteo around in the wagon at our wedding!

Tule is one of fastest growing communities near the urban area of Matagalpa and enrollment in the school has grown quickly.  The local elementary school serves about 475 students from pre-school to 6th grade and has about 15 teachers. Currently, the students crowd into five classrooms, while other classes are held off-site at an annex in the hot afternoons.  Our project will improve, rebuild and add two needed classrooms to  the school. Meals for the students are cooked at the school in an improvised, open-air kitchen space.  We will build a cleaner, safer and enclosed kitchen with low-wood consumption stoves and a chimney to improve cooking conditions. Finally, we will work with another partnering organization to replace the dilapidated latrines with new bathrooms. Yes folks, that is correct, there is a chance that I will be digging out a new latrine!

Please consider supporting Hannah and I as we embark on this worthy cause. Your donations to Seeds of Learning are 100% tax deductible and will go a long way towards improving the lives and education for the kids of El Tule. Your donations will go directly towards helping fund the construction of the classrooms and to purchase needed supplies, books and tech equipment. Additionally, I would be willing to take down any in-kind donations for the schools such as: 

-Books in Spanish, especially story books, 

- Materials for the education programs, and 

- Used or new calendars (2016 or older too) and magazines for crafts.

Cash/Credit Card donations can be directly by clicking on the following link:

Thanks again,

 

Eric & Hannah

All donations are tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law, and SOL will send you a thank you letter as a receipt of this donation to SOL. To learn more about Seeds of Learning, please visit: http://www.seedsoflearning.org/

 

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$1,845

MONEY RAISED
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  • Eric Raffini

    $100

  • Sonali & Julio

    $250

  • Jorja Seidl

    $50

  • Katherine & Erik

    $250

  • Malcolm

    $25

  • Andrea & Ben

    $100

  • Julian Marsh

    $200

  • Paul & Diane Aronowitz

    $100

  • The Westly Family

    $250

  • Sharon Lambert and Charlie Cohen

    $50

  • Jim and Carol Raffini

    $100

  • Matthew Sanders

    $50

  • Elizabeth, James and Orion

    $50

  • Hannah's cupcake sales

    $120

  • Jenny Babcock

    $100

  • Mark & Renee

    $50

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123% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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The Team: $1,845 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Eric Raffini

Amount Raised

$1,425

 

95% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Hannah Mosca

Amount Raised

$420

Donor Comments

Mark & Renee

Mark & Renee

DONATION: $50

Good job, Hannah & Erik! Stay well down there! Lots of love, AR & UM 2 years ago

Jenny Babcock

Jenny Babcock

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Hannah's cupcake sales

Hannah's cupcake sales

DONATION: $120

2 years ago

Elizabeth, James and Orion

Elizabeth, James and Orion

DONATION: $50

Keep up the great work, Eric, Hannah and Ivan! 2 years ago

Matthew Sanders

Matthew Sanders

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Jim and Carol  Raffini

Jim and Carol Raffini

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Sharon Lambert and Charlie Cohen

Sharon Lambert and Charlie Cohen

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Westly Family

The Westly Family

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Paul & Diane Aronowitz

Paul & Diane Aronowitz

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Julian Marsh

Julian Marsh

DONATION: $200

2 years ago