The staff and boys at the ProNiño Las Flores campus were happy to welcome 7 new piglets to the ProNiño family earlier this month! The pig project started with the hard work of high school volunteers from Collegiate School in Richmond, VA, who spent time in the summer of 2011 building the pig pen at the Las Flores campus. The two original pigs, one male and one female, were donated by the Catholic University of Honduras.
Now the ProNiño boys have the responsibility of taking care of the piglets as well as the parents, making sure they are well fed and enjoy healthy, happy living conditions while learning valuable skills in animal raising. The pigs are just one opportunity for the kids to learn how to take care of things and work together as ProNiño community members—from our chicken coop to our extensive agriculture program the boys at ProNiño share in the process of creating sustainable food solutions for the foundation!
We owe a huge thanks to all of our donors this past week, notably those who participated in our #GivingTuesday Campaign by donating between Tuesday 12/2 and Wednesday 12/3 to receive a matching donation to ProNiño USA. Between Christmas Sponsorships and other donations we were able to raise $1,385, totaling up to $2,770 with our matching donation from our anonymous donor. At ProNiño USA we rely on moments like these to keep the spirit of our organization alive and continue our support of the amazing boys and girls of Fundación ProNiño. Thank you to those who participated (names below):
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Our 2014 Christmas Fundraiser has officially kicked off and we've got 85 amazing boys and girls that need Christmas sponsors this year! For just $30, you can provide a gift, new clothing, and a special Christmas dinner for the child you sponsor. You may choose the child you'd like to sponsor, and we certainly encourage you to sponsor multiple children if you are able to this holiday season!
BREAKING NEWS: In honor of #GivingTuesday, an anonymous donor has agreed to match any donations and Christmas Sponsorships up to $3,000 for the next 24 hours (ending at 4pm tomorrow)!!!
Please consider donating TODAY so that we can take advantage of this amazing and generous opportunity!
Want to learn more about our Christmas Fundraiser? Click here!
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Each fall we gather the troops, so to speak, and invite supporters of ProNiño to join us as fundraisers, creating their own pages, sharing their stories and connections to the organization, and asking for donations and support from friends, family, and other potential donors. In the past we have always used an outside website to host our fundraiser and process all of the donations, but with the launch of our new website we have been able to host the fundraiser right here on our very own site! This change has allowed us to reduce administrative costs greatly so that nearly one-hundred percent of your donations are going straight to the boys.
Last year we decided to introduce our fundraising packages, giving donors the opportunity to choose an area towards which they would like their donation to go. Below is a breakdown of the funds raised this year by donation package:
CLOTHING - $50
EDUCATION - $1,450
HEALTHCARE - $825
NUTRITION - $631
RECREATIONAL - $85
MATERIALS FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS - $300
GREATEST NEED - $12,891
TOTAL - $16,232
We have many folks to thank and celebrate for their support this year! First off, we owe a huge thank you to the fundraisers listed below, who spent many hours sharing their stories and asking for donations to their pages this year!
We also owe our gratitude towards all of those who donated this year! To see a complete list, click on the button below!
So what's next? Look out for more info coming soon about our Annual Christmas Fundraiser!
This week we wanted to spotlight one of our partner organizations—Homeless Child—and celebrate their successes in supporting the boys of Fundación ProNiño! We got the chance to do a little e-mail interview with founder Bas Wiersma and wanted to share his words on how Homeless Child came to be and what the organization accomplishes today.
Q: When did Homeless Child start and how did it come about? When did the relationship between Homeless Child and ProNiño begin?
A: In 2002, Bas Wiersma traveled to Honduras for a six-week volunteer stint, but his news letters to friends and family created so much momentum that Bas decided to found "Homeless Child" in the Netherlands and begin raising funds for ProNiño by the end of that same year. Homeless Child and ProNiño have been engaged in a strong partnership for well over a decade now.
Q: What is the main goal of Homeless Child?
A: The foundation hopes to create a greater balance between the have's and the have not's, by sharing funds, expertise, and time with the Honduran children and adults, while receiving lots of encouragement, kindness, gratitude, and, most importantly, results!
Q: Who is involved in Homeless Child?
A: Homeless Child exclusively works with volunteers, and all of them pay for their own expenses. There is a project coordinator on the ground, and in the Netherlands the foundation has a five member Board of Directors as well as a team of a dozen volunteers who each have their own responsibilities. Some work on translation, others run the website, while others help with fundraising. Some travel to Honduras for prolonged periods of time to learn what it's like to live in such a different environment and to share their particular skills, which can range from drama therapy to yoga classes to giving computer lessons.
Q: What are some examples of projects Homeless Child volunteers have worked on during their time spent at Fundación ProNiño?
A: In 2009 partner organization www.ubuntutheatre.org initiated a creative program for therapeutical theater and music classes. The children learned to express themselves through their musical instruments and theater, and performed a wonderful play in many Honduran towns and cities. The project is still continuing and currently preparing its fourth play. The foundation has also helped to develop a large fruit and vegetable garden that is combined with classes in agriculture for those who wish to work in that field when they grow up.
Want to know what it's like to volunteer at ProNiño?? Check out the video below and hear from some past volunteers during their time spent working at the foundation.
This year's Annual Fundraiser marks the first year we are able to run our fundraisers completely from our own website, http://www.pronino.org. This means we are able to significantly reduce our processing fees and our donations are able to go straight to the boys more than ever before! We hope you all will consider supporting the boys of Fundación ProNiño through our Annual Fundraiser this year. Whether you've visited before or have heard about ProNiño from a friend, know that this place is truly amazing and wouldn't be there without the support and dedication of our donors!
The ProNiño USA team is excited to announce the launch of our new website at www.pronino.org.
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