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Niagara University student group traveling to Nicaragua to build home for impoverished family

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Tue, Nov 17th 2015 06:50 pm
NU students Amy Wnuk, Rachel Bailey, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Selena Cerra and Jake Eberth are spending a portion of their winter break building a home for a poor family in Nicaragua. Not pictured: Briana Neale.
NU students Amy Wnuk, Rachel Bailey, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Selena Cerra and Jake Eberth are spending a portion of their winter break building a home for a poor family in Nicaragua. Not pictured: Briana Neale.

A Niagara University student group is fundraising for a service trip it plans to make to Nicaragua this December to build a home for a poor family.

Kelly Fitzpatrick, president of Niagara's Bienvenidos Spanish and Hispanic culture club, said a group of six students has been organizing the initiative for about a year. They plan to construct a safe, durable home for a family in the small, rural and impoverished Nicaraguan town of El Sauce.

The students will travel to Nicaragua Dec. 16-22 during the university's winter break. They and two NU chaperones will work in partnership with an organization called the 4 Walls Project, which is a program of Journeys of Solutions. 4 Walls has been providing homes in El Sauce for almost 10 years.  

One of the students, junior Briana Neale, participated in the 4 Walls program in Nicaragua while in high school.

Below are the names, hometowns and majors of the participating students: 

  • Kelly Fitzpatrick, Liverpool, tourism destination management and Spanish

  • Amy Wnuk, Hamburg, biology with premed concentration

  • Jake Eberth, Webster, sociology

  • Selena Cerra, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Spanish education

  • Rachel Bailey, Grand Island, Spanish and liberal arts

  • Briana Neale, Greece, social work and Spanish

The students have set up a Facebook page to fundraise and chronicle their experience, which is available at www.facebook.com/project4wallsNU. For information on how to contribute to the effort, contact Fitzpatrick at [email protected].

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