A couple of weeks before Christmas I reached out to friends, family and In Nica Now fans and followers for some help. I asked people to purchase gifts for the Barrio Planta Project Preschool. (To view my original post click here.)
Donations immediately started pouring in.
I was – and still am – blown away.
Thirty people donated a total of $912.
Yes, that’s right, $912!
We also received gift donations from an additional nine people.
With the money collected and gifts received we not only have enough coloring books, crayons, toys, games, puzzles and arts & craft supplies to sustain the preschool program for a year, we were also able to allocate $200 for supplies for some of the other programs at BPP.
Preschool classes were not in session when my sister, my Dad and I delivered everything to the school, but fortunately there were a few older students around who snuck out of class to help us unpack everything and share in our excitement.
The children had huge smiles on their faces as we unpacked two large suitcases.
They were wide eyed with excitement as they tried to make a decision on what to play with first. I kept hearing the words “Wow!” and “Mira! Mira!” [“Look! Look!”].
We colored for a bit, tried on a few of the costumes and we even had time for a tea party.
The girls really enjoyed the dolls and boys loved the plastic animals and dinky cars.
Thanks to the generosity of donors from Canada, the United States and Nicaragua Barrio Planta Project Preschool program can now operate like a typical North American preschool.
I look forward to visiting the preschool kids next week once classes resume on the 19th. And I can’t wait to play a game of Snakes & Ladders!
To learn more about Barrio Planta Project and how you can help make a difference in the life of a child in Nicaragua check out the official Barrio Planta Project website by clicking here.
This blog post was updated on December 13, 2012
It has been brought to my attention that some items on the Amazon Wish List are very costly to ship. In order to maximize everyone’s dollars I’d like to suggest all donations moving forward are made in cash via Email Money Transfer or PayPal.
My sister has already started purchasing some of the items on the list at Walmart and Toys R Us in Calgary. We definitely want to support the local economy, therefore items we can actually get here, will be purchased here.
We’ve received a a great response so far and look forward to even more donations coming in.
Thank you so very much for your generosity and support and making a difference in the lives so many special children here in Nicaragua!
Most North American kids I know have more toys than they know what to do with. Things are a little different here in Nicaragua. Actually…they are a lot different.
One doll, a wooden puzzle, a couple coloring books, some broken crayons and a few books are all that sits on a small shelf at the front of the preschool classroom at Barrio Planta Project.
This isn’t a single child’s bedroom I’m talking about, it’s a classroom for fifteen to twenty children.
I’d like to change this.
And that’s why I’m reaching out to you – family, friends and In Nica Now fans and followers – to help out this holiday season by purchasing a gift for the Barrio Planta Project Preschool Program.
Because how cool would it be for the kids to be able to sit down and play a game of Snakes & Ladders with their preschool teacher or a volunteer?
Or for a little girl to dress up in a pretty princess dress and have a tea party with her friends.
I’d especially love for these kids to have their own glue sticks, scissors and paper to get creative with at Arts & Craft time.
To view our Wish List and purchase a gift click here!
Or if you’d like me to do the shopping you can donate cash via PayPal by clicking here! (The account email address to use is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cash donations will also be used to cover the baggage fees to get the items to Nicaragua.
All gifts will be shipped to my sister in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She will pack everything safely into a suitcase and deliver it to me on December 26th when she arrives.
I will stock the shelves and have everything ready for the kids when classes resume in February. I’ll also be doing a follow up post with photos and video so that you can see first hand the impact you’ve made.
Thank you so much for your support and making a difference in the life of a child in Nicaragua!Note: With only 15 days left until Christmas it’s important that purchases are made this week. Thanks again!