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Old 13.03.2016, 11:55
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Send a kid to school:)

We all know how good we have it here in CH, one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Low crime, access to education, quality healthcare, and all the first world conveniences we can imagine - they are such a part of our everyday lives that we mostly take these things for granted.

But what if by chance we were born in the '3rd world', had to struggle to meet our daily needs, could not afford for our children to attend primary school, and needed to have them do child labor just to make ends meet? Unfortunately, this is the reality for many people on this planet.

But we can each make a difference!

Sonflora Nicaragua is a small social project based in the rural beachside town of Las Peñitas, Nicaragua. The organization works with children from abusive homes, providing them the opportunity to receive an education, nutritional meals, psychological counseling when necessary- and among other things gives them a place where they can be themselves, play games, be creative, and enjoy a happy childhood. Such is the organization's slogan - 'Tiempo para ser Niño' - 'Time to be a Kid'.

This is a small grassroots organization, where each donation goes 100% directly to help pay for school uniforms, school supplies, nutritional food, or other true operating expenses (No, this is not some big NGO where a donation gets tied up in first world NGO salaries, office rent, advertising, paying lobbyists, etc. - each CHF/Euro/£/$ has a direct impact on improving the lives of the children)

Just CHF 55.-/month is enough to provide a child with school supplies, a school uniform, transportation costs, and a private school education.

Just CHF 14.-/month gives a child an opportunity to attend public school.

A donation of CHF 300.- covers the cost of healthy food for all of the children in the program for a full month.

A donation of CHF 30.- covers the cost of all educational materials for the children for a full month.

Every little bit helps, and each CHF goes a long way in Nicaragua.

Can't spare a rappen but want to help? Motivated volunteers are always welcome and are essential to keep the program running. Visit beautiful Nicaragua, meet the kids of Las Peñitas, Poneloya, and Tamarindo, and experience a slice of life in a small Nicaraguan fishing village.

More info about Sonflora Nicaragua can be found in German/English/Spanish on their website:

http://sonfloranicaragua.com

Anonymous donations can be made directly to their CH Postfinance account.

If you can, please do a little bit to help this wonderful organization. For less than the cost of a gipfeli in the morning, you can make a major positive impact on a child's life.

Thank you!

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Re: Send a kid to school:)

There are thousands of kids in Europe in the same situation, I'd start there first.
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Old 13.03.2016, 12:46
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Re: Send a kid to school:)

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There are thousands of kids in Europe in the same situation, I'd start there first.
No one is stopping you...
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Re: Send a kid to school:)

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Old 13.03.2016, 17:58
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Re: Send a kid to school:)

Good thing!
We´ve been "adopting" for years kids in an Indian orphanage. Adopting as in paying for housing, food and schools. It gives them the chance to go to school and find a job after that. Also helping the local infrastructure.
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We´ve been "adopting" for years kids in an Indian orphanage. Adopting as in paying for housing, food and schools. It gives them the chance to go to school and find a job after that. Also helping the local infrastructure.
Hi roegner, that's great. There's no 'thanks' button, but thanks.

The organization above also has 'mentoring' a child as an option, and more info can be found on it's site.

It could also be a way for a person/family with kids of their own here in CH to 'adopt' a distant penpal, either through email or snail mail. A great way to introduce your kids to a lifestyle/culture/language that is hardly represented in CH/Europe, and vice versa - while making a new friend and providing a poverty stricken child with an education.
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