The Issue: Environmental Degradation in Nicaragua
In Southwestern Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Americas, high poverty levels contribute to elevated amounts of environmental damage, according to data cited. by the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD). The shortage of basic services, such as a government-funded garbage collection system, has led to high levels of trash and other contaminants, and local flora and fauna are in danger of extinction due to deforestation.
The Campaign: Sending Student on Environmental Service Trip
If this Grassroots campaign raises $650, then FSD can help one Bay Area student from a low-income household travel to Nicaragua to attend an environmental service trip. FSD will cover all costs outside of airfare, including meals and lodging ($400), transportation ($200), and incidental expenses ($50). Each additional $650 raised will help another low-income Bay Area student attend the service trip to Nicaragua.
Through FSD's global service trips, volunteers provide hands-on support to grassroots development projects at a variety of global sites, including those in Bolivia, Uganda, and India. During the Nicaraguan trip, students will work and play with local youth in Las Salinas de Nahualapa in Tola. The students meet at a local environmental reserve where they work together to help replant trees—digging holes, preparing seedlings, and building structures to avoid erosion. Along with the physical work, the students and local young people also meet at the local high school, where they discuss and learn about environmental issues such as composting and reforestation, all while helping each other practice Spanish and English. Fun cultural activities include playing soccer, going to the beach, and eating with host families.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Foundation for Sustainable Development
The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) helps support underserved communities around the world through development training programs for students and professionals that address local health, environmental, social, and economic issues. Programs include short-term global service trips, internships abroad, and international volunteering, where participants work at program sites in Argentina, India, Kenya, Bolivia, Nicaragua, or Uganda. As part of FSD's commitment to grassroots, community-based action, participants work directly with local partners at each site to create economically and environmentally sustainable programs.