Lee McKinnon

The Compassion Diet 2012 -Nicaraguan Orphan Fund

Lee McKinnon 's fundraiser for THE ORPHANETWORK

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All donations will go directly to children in the Nicaraguan community of Nueva Vida to help them have at least one meal everyday.

My name is Lee and I am a student at Virginia Tech.

Through the Nicaraguan Orphan Fund at Tech I traveled for the third year to Nicaragua for my spring break. We spent most of our time with the people and children living in the refugee camp, Nueva Vida (new life) that was temporarily built after Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

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.

My experiences in Nicaragua have seriously changed my life, even more so traveling there for a third time. I will never forget the faces of these children when they recognized me as their friend from several years ago.The hope and love we provide them is further established by being able to return to support them. I have grown to become much more appreciative of the life that I am blessed to lead and all the opportunities that I have. Your support will not go unnoticed, I will personally appreciate it more than you could ever know! Your money is going to children I love and want to help have a better life.

Thank you so much for your sponsorship in this week of compassion!

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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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