As most of you may know, I have always had a deep passion for helping those around me to the best of my ability. What some of you may not know is upon completing my freshman year at Oneonta, something had drastically changed about me. I realized just how priviledged I was, to not only be enrolled in a State University, but also because I had two places to call home. As i furthered my studies in Criminal Justice, i noticed the drastic gaps in quality of life, not only here in the United States but around the world. At first i felt guilty, because the position I am in today is largely contributed to the endless love and support my friends and family has provided and continues today. However, I realized that the education and opportunities now present to me could serve as a foundation for me to give back.
This May, I will build on that foundation. At the end of the semester, my class and I will be traveling to Bolivia to work with Save the Children International. We will be going into local elementary schools to work hands-on with the children but also working at the office with the foundation to see the behind the scenes workings of a NGO. Save the Children works to give children access to a better education, to reduce the amount of preventable diseases, and to protect them from abuse and neglect. Last year alone, they protected close to 4,000 children from harmsway.
WHY BOLIVIA? In a recent Skype conversation, Daphne mentioned that SCIB had recently opened a child protection office in Cochabamba's only detention center for adolescents, but lacked the funds needed to fix the crumbling ceiling or to install a working bathroom. She also told us about another challenge. SCIB has been improving maternal and neonatal health in the city of Oruro for years. They had had to decline a request to expand the number of workshops because their annual operating budget had already been committed to other projects.
OUR GOAL: Save The Children is providing children with opportunities now that will change their futures. The values and work of Save The Children has spoken volumes to me. Our class has set a goal of $10,000 to donate directly to Save The Children Bolivia. This money we raise will assist at strategic moments like these or for worthy new initiatives that are not included in it's regular budget. With that being said, I emphasize the saying "every penny counts". Any donation amount, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated. #OneyForBolivia
I hope that you too feel moved, connected, or inspired by their dedication.
If you do, please consider being a part of the solution by donating today.
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