My friends parents work at an orphanage in Nicaragua every few months. It's their retirement plan. They sent out a letter to see if others would be interested in going on a trip to Nicaragua in January to work in the orphanage for a few days and then spend a few days touring the country. I'm having scanning issues so I thought I'd just retype the letter and if anyone is interested they can call the numbers in the letter or email me. Or even post this on their blogs. I would love to see them get enough people to make the trip happen!
It's really amazing how much they have already built and have provided for the children at this orphanage. Orphanages in Nicaragua are run by churches and private funds, they don't receive any government funding.
Worldwide Child Relief Foundation - WCRF
"Helping Children to Help Themselves"
Survey of Interest
We would like to invite you on a wonderful ten day tour that will greatly benefit the children of the "Venga Tu Reino" orphanage near Leon, Nicaragua. We think it is important for people to experience the joy of helping these children in order to gain support for the aid that we are attempting to provide to the children of Nicaragua. The ten day tour of the beautiful country of Nicaragua will include:
*3 days in Leon where we will visit the orphanage near the small town of Malpaisillo. We will deliver supplies and participate in activities with the children on all three days
*2 days and nights in San Juan del Sur. It's a quaint fishing village on the southern coast of Nicaragua known for its beautiful beach, stunning sunsets and restaurants that enjoy a great view of the shoreline.
*3 days in Granada. Granada is a picturesque European colonial-style town that is one of the oldest on the American continent. Trip inclusions from Granada can include: Mombacho Volcano National Park with zip lining, a boat tour of the islets of Lake Nicaragua, Laguna de Apoyo and great shopping in the town of Misaya.
*We will finish our trip with 2 days at the all inclusive world class Barcelo resort on the beach of Montelimar.
Our upcoming trip is tentatively planned for early January, 2011, based on a min. of 12 or more people committing to make the trip. The weather is normally dry and in the mid 80's during that time of the year. the cost is $1950.00 per person (double occupancy). We will travel in 12 passenger travel vans. Our accommodations will include breakfast and dinner daily, and comfortable and clean lodging. The cost of the trip includes all of the activities listed above, airfare, all ground transportation and excursions. All participants are asked to bring one personal suitcase and one extra suitcase of duffel bag with supplies that will be given to the orphanage. Assignments for what supplies to bring will be given out before the trip.
Angela McMillan, Sonia Weaver (both bilingual), my native Nicaraguan assistant/driver, Alejandro Rocha and I will be your guides for the entire trip.
Approx. one third of the cost of your trip will be tax deductible, because part of the trip cost will be considered a donation to the WCRF. Some of the funds included in the cost of the trip will be used for various programs at the orphanage. Please refer to our website at wwcrf.org for more details about our work. The WCRF (worldwide child relief foundation) is an IRS qualified 501(c) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible.
If you're interested in joining us, please contact me at 530-903-5153 or Angela McMillan at 801-296-0221 for more information. We'd love to have you join us on this charitable and fun trip. Your generous participation and help is appreciated by the WCRF and the children of Nicaragua.
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