“Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.” ~Roy. T. Bennett
I’ve been in a funk this season of giving. Maybe it is because of the political situation in the U.S. Possibly it is because of the crowdsourcing scams I’ve seen in Nicaragua and my island home of Ometepe. And then again, it could be because lately I’ve been disappointed in people in general.
Whatever the reason for my funk, the only way I know how to get out of it is by stressing the goodness of people, the selfless acts of giving, and promoting people who give without any reason and without the expectation of receiving anything in return.
For this reason, I would like to introduce you to two expats on Ometepe Island who give back selflessly to their communities.
Jen Archer is the Founder and Curator of Ascential Dance Theatre Colorado (ADTC). It is a professional dance company, service organization, arts advocacy & historical society providing classes, performances, and lectures. She teaches English to local Ometepe children and adults using a unique curriculum combining elements of dance, music, art, and martial arts.
From a Colorado newspaper which explains more about her programs and philosophy.
Colorado Woman uses Dance, Art, Music & Martial Arts in Nicaraguan Curriculum.
The Ascential Language and Arts School (ALAS) is entering its fifth season on Ometepe Island. There are over 250 students invested in ALAS. Jen is an amazing and inspiring woman who is giving her students ALAS or wings on Ometepe Island.
Tis the season for giving. You can support ALAS here:
Year 5: ALAS in Ometepe
In addition, she started a fund for solar lights and great books for kids.
The children of the Las Cuchillas Primary School have no electricity in their village and so they can’t do homework after sunset. On the tropical volcano of Ometepe Island, dark comes early. This project will buy the Las Cuchillas school 20 solar lights for students to share and to take home to do their homework at night. ($40 each). Then, they can read their siblings to sleep with the wonderful Magic Treehouse books (La Casa del Arbol). These easy Spanish readers spark the imagination and strike up a love of reading. We hope to buy 5 complete sets of the 32 book series, so every girl and boy has fun reading all these great adventures throughout time, even after night has fallen. ($150 each set of books).
Tis the season for giving. Let’s help Cata reach her goal for these kids.
Solar Lights and Great Books for Kids
To go with the Ometepe Mercadito, Cata started a fund for money vouchers for the students that attend the mercadito. School children on Ometepe will be more hungry this year after the severe loss of crops due to storms. This project will give Market Money Vouchers to all school children on Maderas volcano to bring to the local farmer’s market to get healthy food to eat. At the same time, they will help to build the local market economy and learn about buying and selling sustainably in their own community. The local market reopens in December and we want to be ready to attract all kinds of sellers with the promise of ready buyers & sellers – the beautiful school children of Ometepe Island.
What an awesome idea and way to present real life marketing skills and support sustainability.
Tis the season for giving. You can help Cata meet her goals for the children here.
Feed School Children of Ometepe and Teach Sustainable Markets.
Well, I definitely feel better after writing about these two amazing women on Ometepe Island.
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ― Kahlil Gibran
Thanks to Jen and Cata for brightening my funk and demonstrating the real reason for the season.