Certain school essentials in Nicaragua are hard to come by, so West Creek Academy tries to help with donations whenever possible. The school’s PTA hosts an event every year called, “Matters of the Heart” where the school holds an evening function to support a charity. Aware of Lindsay’s affiliation to GOCARE, the school facilitated the transport of any school supply donations, and letters the West Creek students wrote to the kids in Pantanal.
“We hope to broaden the student’s learning paths. I know that our educational programs will benefit directly from the school supplies and books that were donated. Additionally, the shoes will also make a positive impact on attendance in public school, since the children need to have them to attend,” Lindsay said. “Other supplies such as clothing will not necessarily have a direct impact on education, but they might help alleviate some financial strain and foster a positive bond between GOCARE and the community. It reminds the children of Pantanal that the students of West Creek are thinking of them and are behind them in their struggles to improve their lives.”
GOCARE Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity headquartered in Ventura, Calif. Throughout its tenure, GOCARE Inc. has worked closely with local residents and communities to create and implement educational, health and economic development programs into its curriculum, including adult education through reading and math, pre-school, day care, computer instruction, English instruction and vocational training.
GOCARE Inc. is a legal nongovernmental organization that has been recognized by the Nicaragua Ministry of Education as an exemplary model for adult education courses. To date, GOCARE Inc. has helped more than 1,300 students graduate from its programs with the core philosophy of the “Come Back to Give Back” mentorship and leadership. While pursuing college degrees, students become mentors and leaders within their Nicaraguan communities and help “give back” by teaching others to assist them out of extreme poverty into a bright, successful future.
For more information about GOCARE Inc. or to make a donation, please call 805-650-5915 or visit www.gocarekids.org.
Denise Bean-White, ext. 111
Brooke Lubel, ext. 117