Hello! My name is Maya Elliott, and this summer I am planning to participate in an amazing program called Amigos and travel to Nicaragua!
I have been participating in a seven-month training program with Amigos de las Americas that will prepare us to do volunteer work in Latin America this coming summer. Amigos is a nonprofit organization that since 1965 has sent more than 20,000 North American high school and college students like me to work on projects in disadvantaged areas of Latin America that will promote community development, youth leadership and multicultural understanding. Ever since I was a young child, I have always dreamed of having my own multi-cultural experience in another country. Attending this trip with Amigos is finally helping me realize my dream while also being able to participate in something amazing!
I’ll be spending six weeks in the summer of 2013 interacting with people in their native language in a rural Nicaraguan community. I will also be staying with a host family, submerging myself in their culture, and learning from them even as we work on projects involving health or environmental education, construction or the development of facilities important to the community such as building parks, raising awareness on children’s rights in the workplace, and more.
The reason I’m writing you this letter is to ask for your help bringing about the improvements we hope to implement this summer. While my mother and I will be paying for all of my travel expenses, I am also fundraising a total of $3,200 dollars to use towards the cost of materials I will need for my projects in-country. I am asking friends and family for donations, as well as participating in fundraisers both with the group and by myself.
The entirety of your contribution would be put completely and directly into raw materials to be used in-country, such as paint, cement, seeds, workshops and educational materials. For example: $10 could pay for toothbrushes for 30 people; $30 would cover the cost of supplies for a more fuel efficient stove to replace open fires; $45 is enough to buy a water storage tank that would provide sanitary drinking water; and $100 would buy cement and other supplies necessary to build four latrines. It is important to note that Amigos is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (which means your contribution is tax deductible). You will receive an email receipt confirming your donation.
I'm really excited for this program, especially since the country I have the honor of working in is a beautiful, lush area filled with kind and beautiful people. Being able to do volunteer work in a Nicaraguan community will be a dream come true for me, and I would welcome your support in this endeavor!