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NEWTON SAN JUAN DEL SUR SISTER CITY PROJECT INC
February 25, 2011

The Sabatino, or Free Saturday High School, is HOPE for hundreds of people from in and around San Juan del Sur. My role as a volunteer has been to provide needed supplies for students and to assist with teaching English classes. I have also chaperoned high school students from Newton , MA as they were teaching and volunteering in the community there.
Over the past ten years, my volunteer work with the Newton San Juan del Sur Sister City Project has included making and installing ecofogones, smokeless ovens, building and installing water filters, building and repairing local schools, a start-up girls' softball team, and work with other organizations like VOSH-Volunteer Optomitrists Serving Humanity.
I have learned that what we bring in our suitcases does make a difference. Mine have been packed with everything from roof caulking to Motrin to baseball gloves and school uniforms.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

amazing ways.....seeing folks graduate from high school who would never have had the chance. Seeing smoke rising from an outside vent pipe instead of filling a kitchen with smoke and causing lung disease in women. Seeing a kid smile when I throw him his own new white shiny baseball. Putting shoes on kids' feet. Providing new mothers with a bag of clothing for their babies.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing. It is fantastic!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have spent about one month every year for the past 10 years volunteering in a variety of projects in SJDS, Nicaragua.

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