Hoboken Nicaragua Mission Trip
Hoboken Group hosts charity fundraiser
When?: September 22nd, 2007
Purpose?: To raise funds for service trip to Mustard Seed in Nicaragua
Sixteen young adults from Hoboken will fly to Managua, Nicaragua October 20-27 to visit orphans and abandoned children, many of whom are disabled, and work with a not-for-profit organization called MUSTARD SEED COMMUNITIES. Mustard Seed Communities is a non-profit, community development organization that began in 1978 in a depressed area on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. The organization has grown to care for over 600 children in 5 countries and continues to expand. Mustard Seed’s objective is to promote the enrichment and empowerment of the spiritually, psychologically and financially poor that live in urban communities, to assist them in leaving the cycles of frustration and hopelessness that dominate their lives.
The group from Hoboken will spend time visiting the children of Mustard Seed and visiting La Chureca, the Managua city dump, which houses an entire society of families who live in the dump and struggle to maintain a minimal existence from what they pull from the tons of garbage brought there each day. The group will also participate in work projects in and around Managua, including helping with the building of new facilities, and visiting the Sewing Center started by Mustard Seed to teach women from the dump a trade that would give them a chance for a brighter future.
In order to raise funds for their trip, the group will host several charity events, including a raffle through Sts. Peter & Paul church (tickets can be purchased by contacting TeamNicaragua@gmail.com), and a happy hour with two bands on Saturday, September 22, 2007, at O’Donohughe’s on 205 First Street from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (cost is $45.00, which includes three hours of beer and wine and a Chinese Raffle.)
Six of the residents are returning for their third year of participation in this service trip. “Traveling outside your comfort zone and making real connections with children that consider your presence a gift is truly one of the most precious and amazing experiences. This group has given selflessly again and again to these children already and we are extremely excited to invite you to help us make a difference in their lives,” says service trip co-captain Bridget Hughes. Last year the group brought ten bins full of diapers, clothes, books and toys to distribute to the children.