Wednesday, December 12, 2007

December Newsletter

The Christmas shopping season is in full swing and that means many people are searching for ways to give meaningful gifts to others.
If you want to give gifts this year that have true meaning, and can actually make a small difference in the world, consider giving donations to Proyecto Laguna as Christmas gifts.
Donations of any size can make a big difference in the lives of the children in Diriá. Here are some examples of what your gift donation could do:

$10-enough clean water for the 250 students at Anne Frank School for a week -They currently have no local water source.

$25-Printing costs for school exams which children now have to pay and often cannot afford.

$50- Shoes, uniform, backpack, and school supplies for one student

$100-Sponsorship of one child for a year-including school supplies, medical care, and supporting their school

$200-Shovels, hoes, seeds, and all the other supplies needed to start a school garden that will help add fruits and vegetables to the children’s diet

$500-650 pounds of rice and 330 pounds of beans to provide a school lunch

$720-one year salary for the school nurse

$1000- four month supply of prescription and non-prescription medication for students in all three schools

$5000-construction of a school kitchen to assist in the preparation of school meals

When you make a gift donation you will be provided with a letter addressed to the gift recipient describing our project and showing that you made a donation in their name.
We hope that you will consider giving charitable donations to Proyecto Laguna as Christmas gifts this year.

A Special Thank You
We would like to thank Stephanie Lerner, who asked people to donate to us for her birthday this year. Due to Stephanie’s generosity we received a $5000 donation! This is our single largest donation to date and we are very appreciative. As a result of this donation we are well on our way to providing shoes to the children of Diriá and are also hoping to be able to repair and improve the kindergarten classroom at the Anne Frank school. Thank you Stephanie, you have made a difference in the lives of many in Diriá.

The school year in Nicaragua has now ended and the children are on vacation until the start of February.
In the past week we have attended the graduations for the kindergarteners and the 6th graders at the three schools we work in.
The Ruiz Castillo school dedicated their graduation to Proyecto Laguna, which was quite an honor. Tracy Finch (co-founder) and Jennifer Schwinn (Director of Community Development) were invited to sit on stage during the graduation ceremony. As each child graduated they shook hands with Tracy and Jennifer before they left the stage. It was a wonderful experience to watch the children, standing with their parents, proudly receive their diplomas.
The director of Ruiz Castillo told us that they dedicated the graduation to Proyecto Laguna to show their appreciation of all of the work we are doing to help their school. This, once again, is a reminder that even though we feel there is so much left to do, what we have already done is greatly appreciated.
We would also like to thank everyone who sponsored a child and those who donated money this month. Thank you for supporting the work we are doing. Your donations make a difference.

Year in Review

As the end of the year nears we have been reflecting on our accomplishments. It has been a year of learning and challenges, also of joy and accomplishment. We have been able to establish many positive relationships in the community of Diriá and have been able to make a small difference in the lives of the children. We have been greatly impressed with this community; their warmth, their friendship, and their willingness to work hard to improve the lives of their children.
We would like to thank all of you for your support this, our first, year. Thank you for your donations of money, goods, and services. Thank you for spreading the word about our project. We have high hopes for next year and many years into the future. We hope to continue to work with all of you.

Thank you
We would like to thank everyone who sponsored a child and those who donated money this month. Thank you for supporting the work we are doing and helping the children in Diria succeed in school and in life.How you can helpTo make a donation now connect to our website questions or comments feel free to contact us at mailto:contact@proyectolaguna.comctolaguna.comThis newsletter will be sent out monthly and keep you informed of our news and the projects we are currently working on.