Donations will help feed the children in the community of Nueva Vida in Nicaragua
My name is Debbie and I am a student at Virginia Tech. This spring break I traveled to Nicaragua with the Virginia Tech Nicaraguan Orphan Fund. I, along with 43 other Tech students, spent time with the children of Nueva Vida for much of our trip. Nueva Vida was a refugee camp set up after Hurricane Mitch in 1998, however the people living there never relocated. Living in an area of extreme poverty causes many of the children to become social orphans because their families cannot provide for them.
Going to Nicaragua was my first trip to a third world country and it completely opened my eyes. I have heard the statistics such as 27% of the Nicaraguan population is malnourished and that roughly 2/3 of Nicaraguan children are malnourished. However, seeing it for myself affected me in so many ways. I realized that, although initially I thought these people were so much different than me, we all had the same basic human wants and needs. I saw on the trip that even though the children living in Nueva Vida are malnourished and neglected, they keep with them the joys any child would have. After learning about these kids’ lives and putting statistics to faces, I want to help them in any way I can.
The Hokies have committed to follow a Compassion Diet of rice and beans, a typical meal for a Nicaraguan child, for five days in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the kids we came to know and love. The money collected will go directly to help these children through helping the feeding centers operate. The feeding centers serve the purpose of providing a nutritious meal each day to the children at risk of becoming social orphans. The centers feed over 900 children and $15 feeds a child for a full month. Meeting and spending time with the children has affected me personally in so many ways and I know that my time spent in Nicaragua will continue to change my life. Thank you for any and all encouragement and support in this week of compassion!