EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2012
A group from Johnson High School, the Pride of the East Side, is going to Honduras through Habitat for Humanity June 16th - 25th. Despite fundraising full-force since the spring of 2011, they are still about $2,000 short of their fundraising goal. I created this fundraiser to help them meet their goal after personally hearing about their trip and how much it means to them to make a difference in the life of others.
The Johnson High School team, made up of 22 students, 3 staff members, and 2 adult volunteers will be working with Honduran volunteers, as well as the future homeowners themselves, to help families achieve their dream of having a simple, decent place to live.
Beyond the tremendous value of the work itself, this trip will make a life-changing difference in the lives of Johnson students.
Johnson is an urban public high school located on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. It is an “inner-city school” and can be characterized by many of the negative descriptions that accompany that characterization: high dropout rates, low test scores, high incidence of teenage pregnancy, low parental involvement, etc. However, Johnson is also a place of overwhelming opportunities--opportunities to help students change the course of their lives and, ultimately, to help them become successful members of society.
Will you consider a donation in any amount to help them out? They would be so thankful!
Please click the donate button to make a donation in any amount - and THANK YOU!
If you'd like to know more about the trip and see a break down of expenses, please read on...
The basic goal of Habitat for Humanity is simple: to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness worldwide. As participants of a Habitat Global Village team to Honduras, Johnson students will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on someone else's life. Children who grow up in social and economic poverty learn early in life that dreams don’t usually come true. Unfortunately, by the time they are old enough to take some control of their dreams and make them happen, they’ve usually stopped dreaming. Giving our students the opportunity to be involved in this trip will model for them what it is to have a dream, work towards that dream, and then, ultimately, to achieve it. Later, as participants of the trip itself, our students will experience the unique kind of personal growth that occurs when you know that you’ve made a difference in the world. Having the opportunity to impact someone else’s life in such a meaningful and tangible way will empower our students to take more control of their own lives and, ultimately, their futures.
Project Cost: Approximately $2000 per participant. That price includes airfare, all expenses while in Honduras, as well as a donation to Habitat for Humanity for building expenses. A breakdown of expenses per participant is as follows:
• $715 Airfare
• $600 Donation to Habitat for Humanity
• $360 Meals, Lodging, Transportation in Honduras
• $100 Honduran Project Leaders’ Expenses
• $65 Medical Travel Insurance
• $100 R & R
• $60 Honduras Departure Tax
Each participant is responsible for making monthly payments towards their trip total. Various fundraising opportunities are offered each month to help participants meet their payment goal. However, given many of our students’ financial situations, there is a gap between what they can raise and what they still owe.
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