As a member of Builders Beyond Borders, I am trying to raise money for our project in Bethany, Guyana, this coming February.

Builders Beyond Borders (B3) is a wonderful organization that brings together teams of high school students and adult advisors from around southern Connecticut to do meaningful service in our local community and around the world. Each year, our organization travels to different struggling third world countries to participate in service projects that benefit impoverished communities. B3 is also a great way for students to experience new and diverse cultures and to be instilled with a lifelong commitment to selfless service.

This will be my third trip with B3. I started my sophomore year, going to Tingo Pucará, Ecuador, building an aqueduct system. My experience in Ecuador was so amazing that I never wanted to leave B3. My second year in B3, my team traveled to El Espavel, Nicaragua, to build ten homes with Un Techo Para Mi País (A Roof For My Country). This year, my final year in Builders Beyond Borders, I am acting as a Student Advisor, leading my team in Bethany, Guyana.

Bethany is a small village near the Essequibo Coast in northern Guyana. Most people in Bethany work as loggers or farmers. It is a struggling village, as it is an Amerindian Community trying to hold on to its heritage. Younger members in the tribe yearn desparately to be connected to the world around them.

What Bethany truly needs is a versatile community center that could be used for literacy training, cultural events, job skills training, and medical clinics. It is crucial that they receive this center, and our B3 team will travel to Bethany to build it.

So, my team of about 25 students will be working with Bethany and Food for the Poor to help construct this community center. I am already excited for this great experience, one that I will never forget. In February, we will be leaving a permanent mark on this struggling community.

However, part of being in Builders Beyond Borders is raising all of the money to fund the project, including the building materials, supplies, and tools as well as travel expenses. I need your help to make this project happen. Please help contribute to this cause and support the families of Bethany, Guyana. I would be delighted if you could help my involvement in this organization. All donations will directly benefit Bethany. Also, donations are tax deductible, and Builders Beyond Borders is a 501 (c)3 organization.

Of course, I will keep you posted when I return from the project in late February and share all of my experiences. Thank you for your generosity.

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