Building character, responsibility and leadership by engaging high school students in local and global community service.
Dear Family and Friends,
This April I will be lucky enough to be traveling to Guyana, with the organization, Builders Beyond Borders. Builders Beyond Borders (also called B3) is a private, not- for- profit 501c 3 organization whose mission is to give high school students the opportunity to engage in humanitarian service, broaden their horizons and give them the chance to participate in unique and diverse cultures. I am excited and hope to develop a lifelong commitment to helping others and B3 gives me these opportunities. B3 gives teens a chance to help by participating in beneficial, and much needed construction projects to help communities in need throughout the world. A cool thing about B3 is that, we don’t just go to the country straight away without doing community service at home first. Everyone that is participating in Builders Beyond Borders has to complete a minimum of 6 hours of community service. I think that this is important because it teaches us a little more about what we are going to be doing in Guyana and how we are able to help at home.
Guyana is located on the northern coast of South America. The 3 countries that surround it are Brazil, Venezuela, and Suriname. While I am in Guyana, the project my group will be working on is an area called Bethany. Bethany is located in an area known as the Essequibo Coast on the Supenaam Creek in the northwestern part of the country. The main occupation in this tiny village is lumbering and farming. Bethany is an Amerindian community that is struggling to maintain its heritage. The community is in need of a center that can be used by the entire village for workshops, literacy training, cultural events, job skills, medical clinics, etc. So, in April I will be traveling with a group of 30 other students to Guyana and will be helping to build a community center. Being able to help the locals will be so amazing. It will be especially exciting for me to see all of their reactions when the project is complete. Having a safe and organized structure that they are able to use will make a huge difference in their lives and their community! Being able to live alongside the Guyanese people for 10 days will hopefully allow me a chance to connect with new people and appreciate another culture.
The reason I am writing this letter to you is because we need to raise money to purchase the supplies and tools we will need for our building project. I need to raise a total of $2,750 by December. Any amount is generous and I ask that you give what you can!
If you would like to generously contribute, you can go to http://www.razoo.com/story/Amanda-S-Trip-To-Guyana-1. All donations are tax deductible and will directly contribute to help the trip to Guyana in April 2013.
I am SO excited to be a part of what I am sure will be an amazing trip. Helping out a poor country that is in need, and also helping out so many people is an incredible gesture that I hope you can be a part of. Thank you so much for your help!! If you would like to learn more about B3 you can go to www.buildersbeyondborders.org or email me at email@example.com
Love, Amanda Greenberg