I would love anyone's support in my effort to only eat Rice and Beans for a week to benefit the kids I fell in love with in Nicaragua.
My name is Alex, I am a student at Virginia Tech, and this past Spring Break I made the best decision of my life to to go Managua, Nicaragua. These children have changed my life more than I could ever help theirs. I will never forget the love and hope the children had in their hearts, or how joyful they always are with nothing. I appreciate how blessed I am to not have to worry about having shoes to go to school in or a meal to eat everyday.
The definition of compassion is simply this: to suffer with. For 5 days, VT Hokies are committing to live out compassion in our daily lives, and we are asking for your support. The Nicaraguan Orphan Fund (NOF) is a non-profit, university-affiliated organization which is targeted to combat poverty and offer hope to orphans and children in the midst of need. During the week of April 3th- April 9th, a group of VT NOF students are committing to model their diets after so many of the children we have come to know, love and serve. Right now 27% of the Nicaraguan population is malnourished, with the most severely affected being children. For one week, a team of students will commit to eat a diet of only rice and beans, the basic diet of the malnourished Nicaraguan child, in order to spend a week in Blacksburg really “suffering with.” During this time, we will be working to raise awareness and funds to feed the children of Nueva Vida and support the efforts of the VT Nicaraguan Orphan Fund.
During the past Spring Break, 44 HOKIES spent a week working in the Nicaragua community of Nueva Vida. Nueva Vida, meaning “New Life” in English, is the name of an urban slum in the outskirts of the capital city of Managua. It is a community where thousands of refugees settled after a series of natural disasters displaced those inhabiting significant portions of Nicaragua’s coasts, such as the devastating Hurricane Mitch in 1998. This is an area struggling with issues of extreme poverty, unemployment, violence, lack of education and lack of health care due to its rapid growth and lack of support. Unfortunately, the poverty in this community often affects the children the hardest. However, there exists a beacon of hope in the Nueva Vida “comedor” (“feeding center”). The center feeds a nutritious meal to over 300 children five days a week, making it the largest and most productive feeding center in the community. The center also provides employment and an important meeting place for the residents. For the past few years, VTNOF has partnered with the children of Nueva Vida as well as 2 other orphanage locations to empower and equip the children to realize their innate value and fulfill their potential. The funds raised during The Compassion Diet will supply operation costs for the center which is playing a vital role to meet these children’s most desperate physical needs.
Your money will be going to an area of extreme poverty, lack of health care, unemployment, violence, and hunger. This suffering often hits the children of Nueva Vida the hardest and money already donated is helping to support feeding centers to support the children. These feeding centers are a glimmer of hope in this community and feed about 300 children once a day 5 days a week. This one meal is often the only meal that child will get all day. Your money will provide operating costs for the centers which are so important to the daily lives of the children I spent an entire week with who taught me so much.
Thank you for your sponsorship of our week and your interest in the lives of these children.