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Become a Sweet Water Ambassador! | Sweet Water Fund, Inc. | Nicaragua non-profit organization • foundation
Want to know the best way to help?
Become a Sweet Water Ambassador  and organize something like a yard sale, bake sale, art show, or run a race or really anything in your neighborhood where you raise money for a particular project here!

We had another amazing girl do this with her batmitzvah, and she raised enough money to build a suspension bridge in town over the river so kids could get to school dry and safely.   See the story here:  http://sweetwaterworld.org/?p=267

We have several people bring down clothes and shoes to donate, which is all awesome and helpful.  The bold truth is that we need things like cement bags and bricks which don’t ship very well!    We have a couple smaller projects that we need to do in which anyone could fundraise for easily and make a huge difference in our little village.   We’ve  listed them below with the ballpark estimate of what we need and the amount it would cost to get.
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This could be YOUR project and happily built in yours or a loved one’s name!

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Project #1)  Small kitchen at the primary school

This is actually going to be a really cool project because I’m going to ask the kids in town to collect plastic bottles filled with trash to build the structure instead of bricks.  It will be a very eco-conscious way of teaching them that they too can recycle and save money!   Still, we will need cement, gravel, blocks, some bricks for a chimney, and wood.  If we get really crazy we might even be able to put a sink in there and a real floor:)  There is another Nicaraguan based organization that will provide food for free for the children, as long as they have a kitchen to cook it in.   Right now, they have nothing.  This is a project that we have already begun and will finish building in October.
The structure is 124″ wide x 132″ long x 110″ high and we have estimated that to do it “Nica Style” meaning, just the basics…and  it will cost us about $500.

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Project #2)  Fix up the Baseball field
As you may or may not know, Baseball is a HUGE deal in Nicaragua.  Sweet Water has been the main supporter of the women’s softball team to try to encourage women to come out of their homes (and shells) and experience what it’s like to be part of a team, to be active, and to gain confidence.  Baseball games are also a huge draw in town and could be for tourists as well.   The unfortunate part is that the field is nothing but a farm field with a couple of logs to sit on and holes and cows grazing in the outfield.  If we build good dugouts, grade the field, add bases and baselines, some bleachers and a concession stand… not only will more people come to watch, boosting team moral, but it creates more job opportunites for the ladies selling refreshments and homemade food at every game.
We also have a team of american softball players coming in January to do a breast cancer awareness week and we will play a tournament while they are here for some good cross culture enjoyment as well as Breast Cancer Education.  Our deadline for the ball field then is obviously in January.
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Here are the things we need:
2 dugouts with benches:  $300 each dugout = $600
Fence around home plate:  $400
4’x8’Concession stand:  $500
2 sets of three rise bleachers:  $800
Grand total:  $2300
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Any part of the items listed above would be a great addition!  Don’t get discouraged if you can’t raise all the money… anything helps 🙂
Please feel free to contact us for more info: info@sweetwaterworld.org

The Gigante women's softball team!

 

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