Sara-Margaret Graves

The Compassion Diet

Sara-Margaret Graves 's fundraiser for THE ORPHANETWORK

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Please support me in my effort to eat only rice and beans for a week to raise money for the kids in Nicaragua I fell in love with.

As much as I've tried, I cannot put into words my experience in Nicaragua this past spring break. About a month ago, I traveled to Managua, Nicaragua with about 40 other students from Virginia Tech. Here, we were given the opportunity to spend time with these children and see that kinds of things they had to deal with daily. It was heart breaking to see the sweetest, most loving children running around barefoot, to see them not able to go to school because they didn't have the required uniform or even something as simple as a pencil or notebook. It was hard standing in a feeding center, watching the kids get a scoop of rice and beans in their beaten, dirty tupperware (possibly their only meal of the day). I fell in love with the children here in Nueva Vida and their selflessness. I want to be able to help them eat another meal, have a notebook for school, or even just provide them with a pair of shoes. Any support would be greatly appreciated, and really will make a difference in a Nicaraguan child's life.

What is the Compassion Diet?

The definition of compassion is simply this: to suffer with. 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” the children we have come to know and love. During this time, we will be working to raise awareness and funds to feed the children of Nueva Vida and to support the efforts of the VT Nicaraguan Orphan Fund. The funds raised during The Compassion Diet will supply operation costs for the feeding centers of Nueva Vida.

The Facts and Figures:

Nicaragua is the poorest Spanish speaking country in the world.

27% of the Nicaraguan population is malnourished.
Roughly 2/3 of Nicaraguan children are malnourished.

It costs $15 to feed a child for a month (5 meals a week)
It costs $180 to feed a child for a year (5 meals a week)

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2624 Southern Blvd. Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA 23452


Our mission is rescue abandoned, abused, and orphaned children, and to prevent vulnerable children from becoming abandoned.

EIN: 541983817

Reports: Guidestar

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