Funds raised during The Compassion Diet will help supply operation costs for the feeding centers of Nueva Vida.
The definition of compassion is simply this: to suffer with. For 5 days, VT Hokies are committing to live out compassion in their daily lives, and 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 April 5th - April 8th , a group of VT NOF students are committing to model their diets after so many of the children they 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.” During this time, we will be working to raise awareness and funds to feed the children of Nueva Vida and support the efforts of the ORPHANetwork, our parent organization.
During the past Spring Break, 42 VT students spent a week working in the Nicaragua community of Nueva Vida. Nueva Vida, meaning “New Life” in English, is the name of an urban slum in the outskirts of the capital city of Managua. It is a community where thousands of refugees settled after a series of natural disasters displaced those inhabiting significant portions of Nicaragua’s coasts, such as the devastating Hurricane Mitch in 1998. This is an area struggling with issues of extreme poverty, unemployment, violence, lack of education and lack of health care due to its rapid growth and lack of support. Unfortunately, the poverty in this community often affects the children the hardest. However, there exists a beacon of hope in the Nueva Vida “comedors” (“feeding centers”). These centers feed a nutritious meal to over 900 children five days a week. The center also provides employment and important meeting places for the residents. For the past 5 years, VTNOF has partnered with the children of Nueva Vida as well as 3 other orphanage locations to empower and equip the children to realize their innate value and fulfill their potential. The funds raised during The Compassion Diet will help supply operation costs for the centers which are playing a vital role to meet these children’s most desperate physical needs.
We are asking that you stand by our side through your prayers and/or support as we dedicate this week to compassionately remembering the children that have touched our lives. Thank you for your sponsorship of our week and your interest in the lives of these children.
Check out the VTNOF website: http://www.nof.org.vt.edu/about.html