Photos by Natalie Edgar. March 2, 2012. Miami, FL. On Friday, Imagination Federation, a non-profit organization that works towards the education of children in Chacraseca, Nicaragua hosted their second annual Walk2Nicaragua walkathon. The aim was to collectively walk 1080 miles—the distance between Miami and Chacraseca. While the main location for the event was at the Miami Dade College Kendall, others took the initiative to gather and walk for the cause as well. 25 students from Mast Academy walked the Rickenbacker causeway, 100 citizens of Chacraseca, Nicaragua completed a total of 755 kilometers (469 miles) around the small community, and 12 fellows of the NHLI 2012 Executive Leadership Program held in California gathered in San Juan Bautista and walked 16 miles. Over 400 Participants at Miami Dade College finished 1,080 miles 12 hours after the start of the event. Although the distance goal was not only reached, but also exceeded, their second goal is still in progress. With about a month left of the campaign, Imagination Federation has raised 4,500 dollars out of their 10,000-dollar goal. For more information, or if you would like to support this cause, visit www.fundly.com/walk2nicaragua
August 13, 2011. Chacraseca, Nicaragua. Eduardo is 1 of the 34 Dreamers in the Tengo Un Sueño project. 501 c (3) non-profit organization: Imagination Federation, mainly focuses on this project dedicated to support 34 kinder and first grade students. We provide an extra teacher, two part-time community organizers, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, along with twice a week tutoring and warm lunch. The project is unique in scope. It is a 16 year agreement among parents, teachers, and organizers to do everything possible to provide these children with the tools necessary to succeed academically. See more of my photos taken in Nicaragua!
On the second night of our trip, each Imagination Federation volunteer decided to sleep over a Dreamer’s house. Victoria Montero, college student from Miami, said, “It was a big shock. You really get to witness how poor these children are. There was never a moment that I wanted to leave though, that family offered us every single thing they had. I have never felt so welcomed.” We all agreed that staying over the children’s homes were wonderful experiences and that this would be repeated in the next trips to come.
Here I am, once again on another airplane. This time I’m headed towards a completely different direction: Central America. I was granted the opportunity to spend two months in Spain studying, traveling, and documenting of course. I’ve hopped aboard a different voyage now. This one won’t be surrounded by thousand year old basilicas or flower-filled balconies, though. There will be dirt roads, jocote trees and best of all, 34 bright smiles. It’s my third summer going to Chacraseca, Nicaragua, I guess you can say that something about this country and its people sucked me right in.
With only two years of official existence, Imagination Federation has come a long way. This year alone, our non-profit organization raised over 20,000 dollars for Tengo Un Sueño and Escuela para los Niños. Both projects are geared towards the education of young people in Chacraseca. Tengo Un Sueño is dedicated to fund a 17 year education for 34 elementary school students known as The Dreamers.
With the help of volunteers, passionate leaders in Miami and Chacraseca, and generous donations, we were able to have an extremely successful year. We not only stay committed to our dreams in order to bring change to the Chacraseca community, but we also do it for ourselves. These trips create great shifts within us, remind us of our essence as human beings, and create a spark that continuously lights up, just like the fireflies that will surround us there.
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August 2010. We visited different villages throughout Nicaragua and gave them powdered milk, toothpaste, tooth brushes, and vitamins, along with hygiene lessons. Apparently this child wasn’t too excited about classes though! Photo by Natalie Edgar
In the summer of 2009, I visited Nicaragua for the first time. Here’s a piece of my heart.
This is a 16 year project currently in year two of existence. The goal is to get 34 children, in the first grade this year, to college. We are doing so by providing support in the form of shoes, uniforms, school supplies, warm lunch and tutoring twice a week, and two additional teachers. The cost for the program is $9,000.
Please visit one of the individual Dreamer pages to learn more about each child and support the possibility of an education.
If you’d like to donate to Berardo, please visit: wepay.com/donate/174159
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