In A Rocky Economy, Holiday Shoppers Can Combine Gift Buying with Charity to Make Every Dollar Count

During one of the hardest economic times in recent memory, it’s easy to forget what the fast approaching holiday season is all about. Is there a way to honor loved ones and the spirit of giving this holiday while on a budget?
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Dec. 15, 2010 - PRLog -- Spokane, WA, December 13, 2010 – During one of the hardest economic times in recent
memory, it’s easy to forget what the fast approaching holiday season is all about. Is there
a way to honor loved ones and the spirit of giving this holiday while on a budget? Roots
& Wings International (RWI), a nonprofit that promotes elementary through university
education in impoverished coffee-growing communities of rural Guatemala, offers busy
holiday shoppers the opportunity to put their gift-purchasing dollars to work. Shoppers
can gift delicious, organic coffee and popular items from amazon.com while helping the
youth of rural Guatemala receive an education and become a catalyst for change in their
impoverished, indigenous communities. So far, thanks to donations as little as $1, RWI
has provided educational resources and more than 30 university scholarships to youth in
need from indigenous Guatemalan families that earn less than $2 per day.

“The poverty rate in Guatemala is one of the
highest in Latin America, and our goal is to
provide educational opportunities to children in
its remote rural communities that comprise 71%
of the country’s poor population. We believe that
economic development begins with the
community and want to empower the local youth
in need to meet the unique needs of their
indigenous communities,” notes Erik Swanson,
President and Founder of RWI. “Each year we
receive 50-100 applications for our scholarship
program, but are only able to support a handful of
students because of limited funding. Our goal is to provide scholarships for degrees in
engineering, medicine, computer science,
accounting, law and the sciences to grow the skill sets key to local development. Anyone
can help, and a little bit goes a long way to help create new doctors, engineers or other
highly skilled professionals from the impoverished areas of rural Guatemala. These
students will in turn provide services to the communities they live in and bring them
closer to the global community.”

RWI has several donation programs including contributing monthly, making a one-time
donation, naming a scholarship, corporate gift matching, buying coffee, shopping at
Amazon for the cause, volunteering with skills and time and starting a fundraiser. To help
the cause, visit http://www.rootsandwingsintl.org/youcanhelp/donate.htm.

About Roots & Wings International (RWI)
RWI was created in 2004 by Erik Swanson, a business attorney at Bullivant Houser
Bailey PC, then the director of a high school in rural Guatemala. Thanks to the support
of individuals and corporate sponsors, RWI has been able to develop three different
programs – University Scholarships, Computer Literacy and After-School Tutoring –
to help the students from rural Guatemala work towards the development of their native
communities. To help the cause or to learn more, visit http://www.rootsandwingsintl.org
or become a Facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roots-Wings-
International/34765674991.

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About Roots & Wings International (RWI)
RWI was created in 2004 by Erik Swanson, a business attorney at Bullivant Houser
Bailey PC, then the director of a high school in rural Guatemala. Thanks to the support
of individuals and corporate sponsors, RWI has been able to develop three different
programs – University Scholarships, Computer Literacy and After-School Tutoring –
to help the students from rural Guatemala work towards the development of their native
communities. To help the cause or to learn more, visit http://www.rootsandwingsintl.org
or become a Facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roots-Wings-
International/34765674991.
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