Rotary International District 5890
"Beads for Hope Fundraiser" Project by Children of the Dump
Editor: Kite, Jim
Posted on Jan 13 2012
A fundraiser for your Rotary, Interact or Rotaract Club, and it also supports an International Rotary service project!!  Here's proof that you can do two things at one time!  First, you can support a remarkable Int'l Rotary service project, The School of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua.  Second, you can raise money for yoru own Rotary club or sponsor a box for your Interact or Rotaract club as a fundraiser for their club. 

 School of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua:  Many of you have heard Jim Kite (Brenham Rotary)  and Frank Huezo (Kingwood Rotary) discuss how this remarkable project has successfully removed children from living in the Chinandega City Dump, and now provides the children with an education, nutritional meals, and medical care.  A vital component is the school's Betania Trade School which empowers the students by teaching them a trade with the goal of them reaching financial independence thereby breaking the cycle of poverty.

The "Beads For Hope" Project teaches students at the Betania Trade School to make beautiful, hand-crafted beads that are made by hand-rolling recycled wallpaper, then crafted into a beautiful, artisan bracelet.  Each bead receives 10 coats of varnish which makes them durable and water resistant.  Each student is paid for each bracelet that they make, which empowers them since they can earn double the salary of a school teacher in Nicaragua!

What is in each "Beads For Hope Fundraiser in a Box", What Does it Cost, and How Does My Club Benefit" Each box contains 100 hand-crafted bead bracelets adn teh total cost per box is: $375.00  The retail value is $7 to $10 per bracelet (That's a total retail value of ... $700 to $1,000 per box)

Your club pays $375 per box, sells the bracelets, and your club keeps the profit of between $325 and $625

In addition to 100 bracelets, each box will also contain a poster, order forms, and a video which was produced by 17 year old Girl Scout, Maureen Fenninger.  Maureen traveled to Chinandega this summer to meet these remarkable young artists with her mom, Kathy Fenninger, a member of the Rotary Club of Houston.  It wa a life-changing experience!!

Be sure to visit the Beads of Hope website.

Here is a link to Maureen's touching YouTube "Beads For Hope" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2vddEVgy7o   or you can search "Children of the Dump Beads For Hope 2011".  You'll watch the bead making process, see the bracelets, and meet some of the Betania Trade School students that make the jewelry.  

Also, click on  Art Rascon's ABC13 Eyewitness News  to see story that ran last year: 

These bracelets make excellent gifts for speakers at your Rotary meetings, friends, family and customers, plus each bracelet contains information card about the project.     Many clubs are buying a box to give to their Interact Clubs to get them started. In the last month we have sold about 100 of these Fundraisers in a Box and some of the Interact Clubs have already made several re-orders. Please consider ordering one of these boxes and helping us promote them.( Order form attached). With programs like this we can make The School of the Dump and Betania Trade School self sufficient in the next 2-3 years but we need everyone's help to get the word out.

To learn more details and to order the kit, click on the Flyer & Order Form on the left side of this web page.

For more information about  ordering Beads for Hope Fundraiser in a Box, contact:

Frank Huezo @ 281-380-6995, email frankhuezo@aol.com

Jim Kite @ 979-251-0840, email jimkite@sbcglobal.net

 
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