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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