To end the semester of our labor rights advocating, Little Known Help Zone sold candy grams for May Day that were delivered in people’s mailboxes. The chocolate we sold was fair trade and organic and also benefited endangered animals. We made over $50 that will be donated to ORMUSA, a women’s labor rights organization in El Salvador.
To put together the candygrams, we had an end of the year party to celebrate our accomplishments with some chinese food.
We hope to have more successful fundraisers in the following semesters to continue to contribute to human rights causes in Central America.
Looking for some sweet treats to start off your second half of the semester after Spring Break? Look no further than Little Known Help Zone’s Pre Order Bake Sale.
Simply take the flyer from your BMC mailbox, fill out your order, and send it to Box 819 through Campus Mail. Didn’t get a flyer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Return your orders by March 1st, and get them delivered in your mailbox by March 17th!
Treats include brownies and cookies, who doesn’t love that!
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!
For the trip to El Salvador, Little Known Help Zone will be bringing a variety of fun books to the Remar Orphanage.
First, Little Known Help Zone would like to extend huge thanks to Salisbury Middle School for donating over 30 books to bring to El Salvador. These beginner level chapter books are perfect, as often times donations do not include advanced books like these. These will be perfect for people trying to perfect their english moving forward and the books are wonderful. All of these will be going.
Also going will be over 15 children’s books and 5 School Workbooks. Additionally, some toys and clothing will be brought as well.
These donations will be distributed to the kids at the Remar Orphanage and School.
Stay tuned for pictures from the trip!