Help me to raise money for the children of Nueva Vida in Nicaragua. All donations will go directly towards feeding the children there.
For 5 days, VT Hokies are committing to live out compassion in our daily lives, and we are asking for your support in us suffering with our new friends. 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 19th- March 26th, 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. These feeding centers are a glimmer of hope in this community. This one meal is often the only meal that child will get all day.
We are asking for your support in us dedicating our week to help this community that touched our lives.
The child above is named Victor and he stole my heart. Victor is 10 years old and is the middle child with four other siblings. Victor had two older brothers, but last year they died of tuberculosis, a disease that is practically unheard of in the U.S. thanks to regular vaccinations. Without the working hands of his two older brothers, his family experiences even greater financial burdens. Although his mother and father sell mangos, they are lucky to bring home the equivalent of two American dollars in a day. Victor and his siblings had to drop out of school because their family no longer had the means to send them. However, despite these hardships, they were full of joy and selflessness. I met Victor on the first day of my trip when he offered me half of his mango – one his only sources of food for the day. I could never imagine giving up what may be my only source of sustenance to a complete stranger. Could you?
So please donate anything you can to these children in Nueva Vida. Even though Victor's story is heartbreaking and unimaginable, he was one of the children who was better off because he had parents to care for him. So please donate anything that you can to these loving children. Just $15 can feed one child for a month.