For this year’s #GivingTuesday, we are launching our third annual online Holiday Auction, between November 29th and December 9th. In the past two auctions, we dedicated the proceeds towards a Rapid Response Fund for our local leader partners in response to the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 hurricanes in Central America. This year, we’ll be raising money so that our community library partners in Nicaragua, Biblioteca Girasol, can build a new classroom space!
Founded in 2018, Biblioteca Girasol is a community library in the coffee-growing community of Matapalo in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The library’s 15 volunteer youth leaders and four coordinators act as administrators, program planners, librarians, teachers, students, and more. Together, the local leaders of Biblioteca Girasol seek to expand educational opportunity, promote youth leadership, and offer a safe space for the community’s children to learn, grow and collaborate in Matapalo. Since their founding, the Biblioteca Girasol team has:
· Offered youth-taught classes to over 50 students, and lent books to over 100 children and other community members
· Launched a mental health initiative to provide workshops and counseling
· Grown a community garden
· Participated in youth exchanges with other change-making Nicaraguan teens
These activities to date have had an overwhelming impact in the community, and they now need a new classroom space in order to better accommodate their growing group of teens and children. Their current classroom only fits 30 people comfortably. This new space will allow them to engage more than one group per day, work with new populations - such as adult women - and hold community-wide events!
Bid today to bring Biblioteca Girasol a step closer to their goal!
*Please note: All items must be shipped to a US address.