Growing up, I was taught by the ever wise Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian that giving back is not only something you should do but something you want to do.
For example, there are many “easy” career paths I could take and make a whole lot more money.
But I can’t.
I like knowing that what I am doing in my job contributes to society in a positive way. I’ve never been one to do something unless I want to do it…even when it comes to money. Sometimes I wish I could do anything just for money, really! My life would be a lot easier. Mama E would no longer have to listen to me bemoaning my financial woes, and Daddy E would get to stop having to spot me $20s. It would be a win-win situation.
Instead, I am just a naive hippie who still believes in world peace.
So sue me.
Or help me build a clean water drinking well in Cambodia.
Oh wait, you already helped me do that last year! To the tune of $1,145.00.
For that, I am still grateful.
One year later, as I look at my Christmas list filled with things that are undoubtedly fabulous + fun, I realize I need none of it. Again, I am reminded of how blessed I am and how important it is to give back to those who are less fortunate. And when I think of giving back, I think of my dear blog friend Brandi.
Every year, she, her husband and family travel to Honduras (paying their whole way) to volunteer their time at an orphanage for homeless, abused and abandoned children called Jovenes en Camino, located about 25 miles south of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.
This amazing program takes more than 60 children and with very limited resources, educates, houses, feeds and gives them the tools so they can return to society with the skills and resources to be successful. In a country that is still ravaged by poverty, natural disasters and rampant crime, this program is truly needed.
If you would like to read more about Brandi’s travels in Honduras, check out some of her blog posts here.
Seriously, how cute?
And if you are so inclined, we would be honored if you all would help us out.
It takes $28,000 per MONTH to keep Jovenes running, and while I know money is tight for all of us, every little bit we can raise is going to help them cover their costs.
- $25 = support of children at Jovenes
- $50 = purchase backpacks & school supplies
- $75 = funds skills training program
- $100 = purchase school shoes & uniforms
- $? = however much you can donate
The minimum donation is whatever you want it to be. In our foodie world, that may mean cutting back on buying a new nut butter or two (= $10) at the grocery store or perhaps skipping kombucha for a week or two (= $20). In the grand scheme of things, it’s but a blip on the radar.
If you are feeling merry this holiday season,
please click here to donate to Jovenes!
Donations are completely secure and private.
We would appreciate any linkbacks you can give to this on your blog, e-mails you can send to family + friends as well as any other ways you can think to encourage others to donate (Tweet! Facebook! Call!). Again, we am hoping for $1000 by Christmas so we can provide Jovenes with the much-needed funds to help them continue doing their selfless, amazing work.
Thank you all so much.
Love to all,
Brandi + moi