Raleigh alumni hike for Nicaragua projects

18th August 2017

The team’s fundraising hike covered 96 miles over 7 days, starting off in the Scottish town of Milngavie and finishing in Fort William. They hiked between 12 to 17 miles per day with heavy backpacks, sleeping in tents every night. It was no easy feat, but getting through the highs and lows of their challenge together, they completed their amazing hike.

Bryony said, “When we crossed the finish line we were just so happy that we did it, especially because there were lots of times when we thought that might not happen. There were even times when we were trying to make plans for what we would do if not everyone could make it!”

The team raised an incredible £2,500 after sharing their fundraising plans on social media and JustGiving. Their fundraising will go toward several causes in Nicaragua that are close to their hearts.

Alumna Victoria wanted to fundraise to support her Nicaraguan host sister, Yanaira. Yanaira is currently preparing to start college and the part of the fundraising will go towards her college fees.

Victoria said, “The people we have chosen to support with the funds are people we lived, worked, ate and laughed with. We became an important part of each other’s lives and after returning from Nicaragua we did not want the support to stop there. Doing this as my Action at Home project has meant that the people we spent so long with will know that they have not been forgotten by us, and that we aim to help them achieve their goals despite the fact that our Raleigh ICS placement has ended.”

Raleigh alumna Bryony was fundraising for the cooperative COMJERUMA, which she worked with on her Raleigh ICS project.

Bryony said, “COMJERUMA is a cooperative of young entrepreneurs who are innovating new ways to market and distribute honey. Beekeeping is a very sustainable business idea, so not only are they developing a product with lots of great health benefits, they’re helping to conserve one of the most valuable species on the planet.

COMJERUMA is a cooperative of young entrepreneurs

“They currently want to diversify. At the moment they sell honey, which is going really well, but they want to move into making organic soaps and other goods from honey. There’s no one who really does that in Nicaragua, so this is really worthwhile.”

Fundraising from the hike will also go to the community of San Marcos in Nicaragua. Currently they have limited electricity in San Marcos, so some of the funds raised on the hike will go towards two new solar panels that will provide energy to create more opportunities for the community.

The team’s fundraising venture will make a big difference to many people and organisations in Nicaragua. Together they have continued to make an impact in Nicaragua and have shown the power of active citizenship!

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