Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in our hemisphere, along with Bolivia and Haiti. Extreme poverty has serious adverse effects on children. In Nicaragua, only 29 percent of kids complete primary school while nearly 500,000 children ages 3 to 12 remain outside the formal educational system. The average Nicaraguan has 4.6 years of formal schooling.
In South Florida, which stands in stark contrast to Nicaragua, there is also significant need among abandoned and abused children. In that light, we have been very intentional by partnering with several organizations that successfully support this population.
WHERE OUR FUNDING COMES FROM
Our funding has come primarily from individuals, as well as corporate monetary and in-kind contributions. This support has helped us empower nearly 3,500 children over the past five years. However, to continue helping the kids presently in our program, and to increase the number of beneficiaries we impact, we need to strengthen our organizational capacity, which includes hiring staff for the first time in our history.
OUR FUNDING GOALS
The fundraising goal to meet our operational and programmatic objectives for 2016 is $150,000 – to be raised through individual donations, events and institutional support from corporations and foundations. We seek to increase funding from a more diversified donor pool.
Presently, we are raising funds for our upcoming mission trip to Nicaragua in May, to directly impact the children in San Marcos. Below are some specific funding allocations and the programmatic impact at each sponsorship level of giving. Contributions are tax deductible, and each level of sponsorship comes with benefits.
- DIAMOND SPONSOR — $830 covers all donated materials and educational costs for 10 Nicaraguan children.
- GOLD SPONSOR — $415 covers all donated materials and educational costs for 5 Nicaraguan children.
- SILVER SPONSOR — $249 covers all donated materials and educational costs for 3 Nicaraguan children.
- BRONZE SPONSOR — $83 covers all donated materials and educational costs for 1 Nicaraguan child.