Matching Grant From Utopia Foundation For First $2,000 in donations!
February 24, 2016
BENEFITING: UTOPIA FOUNDATION INC
Help us help Yunguilla plan and build a restaurant! Northwestern Michigan College students are getting ready for a Study Abroad project 60K NW of Quito, Ecuador, in the Yunguilla community. Yunguilla was once the site of deforestation and practices that depleted the land and disintegrated economic viability for villagers. On a comeback over the past 25 years, Corporacium Yunguilla is a non-profit, community run organization, that continually seeks to improve the lives of over 62 peasant families through organic agriculture, livestock rearing, eco tourism and micro-business projects - such as the production of jellies and marmalades, cheese, handicrafts, and now . . . a restaurant. Students and faculty at NMC have adopted this project as a global academic opportunity crossing curricula in Business (Accounting, Marketing and Management), Culinary Arts and Construction. Pretty cool! Yunguilla will have fresh thinking and hands-on volunteering during the 10-day program, May 6-16, and during the weeks, months and years that follow back in Michigan. Students will get to work on a "real life" problem/solution situation with an opportunity to have a positive impact on this commuity. The project is designed to continue year after year once the initial plan is laid during this first trip. This fundraiser is for construction tools and materials to complete the restaurant project. Please help us raise the money for this important micro-enterprise for Yunguilla. The impact will be great in Ecuador as well for NMC students, who will carry this experience with them through life, to jobs, to their own families and to their communities. Thank you for considering how you can make an impact too!