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Haydenville group holds fundraisers for Nicaragua program

Children line up to wash their hands at the Hogar Luceros del Amanecer ("Home of the Dawning Light"), the Sunrise Foundation educational center in Camoapa, Nicaragua. The Williamsburg-based Sunrise Foundation this month marks 10 years of providing educational programs and materials, as well as nutritious meals, to impoverished children in Camoapa.

Photo courtesy of the Sunrise Foundation

Children line up to wash their hands at the Hogar Luceros del Amanecer ("Home of the Dawning Light"), the Sunrise Foundation educational center in Camoapa, Nicaragua. The Williamsburg-based Sunrise Foundation this month marks 10 years of providing educational programs and materials, as well as nutritious meals, to impoverished children in Camoapa. Photo courtesy of the Sunrise Foundation Purchase photo reprints »

Over the next two weekends, the organization will hold fundraisers in an effort to match a challenge grant to support its efforts.

Hall said a lack of food and proper clothing is often a large barrier to children “on the margins of society.”

The organization serves 75 children in Camoapa through a core program in which 25 children attend school from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are fed breakfast, lunch and dinner. The foundation is hoping to provide lunch to the 50 other children enrolled in a shorter program.

“We all know that when children are better nourished they do better in school,” Hall said.

To accomplish this goal, the foundation is actively raising funds to meet a $50,000 challenge grant from the SG Foundation in California, whose mission is to improve quality of life in poor communities both globally and at home.

“If we can match that grant, we will be able to provide lunches for the rest of the students in the program,” Hall said.

Haydenville Congregational Church has given the foundation “special mission status,” which is given to selected nonprofits, with the church providing a modest budget and help with public events and fundraisers.

Two fall fundraisers

This year as part of the Haydenville Congregational Church Annual Fall Fair, the Sunrise Foundation will hold jewelry sale featuring modern and antique jewelry as well as beaded jewelry made by the students and staff in Nicaragua. The fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

On Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., the foundation will also host a concert at the church featuring the Peace in the Valley Choir and the Wise Guys men’s a cappella group. Tickets are $10 and refreshments will be served.

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