All donations will go directly to feeding the children in Nicaragua
My name is Sarah and I am a student at Virginia Tech. For my past 3 spring breaks, I have traveled with 40 other Virginia Tech students to Nicaragua through an organization called Nicaraguan Orphan Fund which partners with ORPHANetwork. We spent the majority of our time working in Nueva Vida, which is a refugee camp where thousands of families have settled after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country's coasts in 1998, from which it still has not fully recovered.
So what is the Compassion Diet?
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 March 19-23 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.”
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. The funds raised during our Compassion Diet will supply operation costs for the feeding centers of Nueva Vida which play a vital role to meet these children’s most desperate physical needs. These feeding centers are a glimmer of hope in this community.
My experiences in Nicaragua over the years have truly opened my eyes, and the people I met there have touched my life in ways I cannot put into words. I ask that you stand by my side and support me as I dedicate this week to compassionately remembering the children in Nicaragua whom I've come to know and love. I want to do everything I can to help bring hope to their future. Thank you so much for your support!!
"When statistics have a face and poverty becomes personal, that's what messes with you. It's a beautiful thing when people in poverty are no longer just a missions project, but become genuine friends and family with whom we laugh, cry, dream and struggle" - Shaine Claiborne