The past week, Little Known Help Zone had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and meet with two organizations located in Granada.
We first visited Puedo Leer Biblioteca, a quaint, adorable library with the most enjoyable reading space and the kindest people. We donated rewards for incentivized reading and books in Spanish.
The next day, we stopped by La Esperanza Granda to donate a variety of books, craft supplies, and school supplies.
It was wonderful collaborating with new organizations and meeting the people of Nicaragua.
In just a week, Little Known Help Zone will be in Granada, Nicaragua, meeting with organizations for future collaborations and will also be delivering supplies!
First is Puedo Leer Library. The library is a wonderful organization that has several library locations and works to put locations and book cabinets in rural schools. We will be donating spanish language books and small prize rewards to encourage their reading program. Learn more at http://www.puedoleerlibrary.com/
We also will be donating to La Esperanza Granada. This organization works with children to improve education and their lives. We will be donating workbooks, clothes, toys, and school crafting supplies. Read more at http://www.la-esperanza-granada.org/.
We just want to thank everyone for all their support, and stay tuned for photos!
Little Known Help Zone will be at the local flea market, 31st Street in Emmaus on Saturday the 16th starting at 8am (weather permitting). This will be a summer fundraiser for the organization to raise money for events and causes.
At this sale, all the items from the Etsy shop will be for sale, as well as books, and a new item that will soon be on the shop, lime wax melts!
If you’re local, stop by, and if not, purchase on Etsy!
While in Mexico this past week, LKHZ donated a large bag of books to KKIS, Keeping Kids in School. This organization donates large amounts of school supplies (over 2,000 bags) to students in Mexican schools, as well as a box of supplies for the teachers. These English library books, donated by Salisbury Middle School last year during a trip to El Salvador, will help children practice reading English at school and also serves as a great exposure to younger kids.
Check out KKIS to learn more about their amazing work!
LKHZ will be traveling to Mexico in a few weeks and making sure to give back while in the area. When in Playa del Carmen, LKHZ will be donating the remaining book donations from last year’s trip to Keep Kids in School Project (KKIS). This organization works hard to both keep kids in school and educate them in English. The English books will be great practice to read.
Also while there, LKHZ will be helping to pack backpacks of school supplies for once the school season resumes in Fall. Stay tuned for pictures from the visit, as well as upcoming projects!
Check out KKIS here!
If you’re in the area, come out and see LKHZ at the Bryn Mawr College staff association craft fair from 10-2 on December 3rd in Thomas Great Hall. As always, all money made will be donated to LKHZ causes, specifically sponsored students needs and a scholarship fund for next year.
This is a really exciting opportunity to raise money for causes and get the word out about the organization and mission amongst staff and alumnae from Bryn Mawr College. This networking will hopefully make fruitful connections for future partnerships.
For sale will be Key Of Knowledge necklaces, tab bracelets, shell rings, crayons, and other jewelry.
Hope to see you there!
El Salvador is a country of immense beauty and charm, and also poverty. After visiting and exploring the country, I was enamored by the landscape and culture. In touch with their Mayan roots, Salvadorans are hard working and friendly, full of pride and respect. Many Americans do not travel due to the civil war of the past, but the country now is beautiful and inviting.
El Salvador has impoverished conditions, where most workers make about $7 a day. Agricultural workers have a monthly salary of $90, so clearly El Salvador is a place of need. When exploring the country, I was privy to viewing houses made from metal and tarps, and roads completely washed out by the recent swell. I was inspired to start two projects for El Salvador, both very important causes in the country.
We visited the Remar orphanage in El Tunco and got to tour the facility. With over 100 children and a school to run, this orphanage has high overhead costs. They are working to build houses for older kids and create a bakery to support the orphanage and teach the children skills. All these projects have helped the orphanage grow self sustaining, but there are still needs, mainly financial. The children were adorable and I was blessed by hugs and smiles, pictured below. Little Known Help Zone donated tons of books and toys as well as $50, with more projects to come. With collaboration, there will be attempts to provide a solar system as well as create a website and base in the US to earn more funding for orphanage projects.
When exploring the coffee plantation, I learned the ins and outs of how the coffee we drink and love comes to be. One detail the stuck out to me is the women who hand sort the coffee beans to assure the highest quality. These women work 8 hours a day and have no ear protections due to little funds. Their job is important to the lives of many and they deserve the best in return. Little Known Help Zone is going to work to send ear plugs to these women to protect their hearing and provide a comfortable working environment. Stay tuned for more!