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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015
CT Quest for Peace is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to the poor of Nicaragua through a variety of educational, healthcare, arts and micro-finance initiatives. They work with Nicaraguan community-based partners so that they can assist Nicaraguaâ€™s neediest through trusted community-based organizers in Nicaragua. Because many of their partners embrace lives of poverty and voluntarily live among Nicaraguaâ€™s most destitute, they are uniquely qualified to identify and develop essential initiatives that empower poor Nicaraguans to make lasting change. In addition to program development, their community-based partners provide solid administrative infrastructure, a track record of accountabilityâ€”and extraordinary ability to stretch funds for maximum benefit.
All CT Quest-funded humanitarian aid programs are provided freely to needy Nicaraguans regardless of religion, creed, race or tribal origin. While there are five programs that support Nicaraguan families' independence, CTRPCV has been asked to help with the Humanitarian Cargo Aid program. This vital program helps Nicaraguan families overcome generational poverty and it is the backbone of CT Quest's work in Nicaragua since the donated cargo shipments do triple service. Cargo shipments provide quality goods to the poor, create funding for community programs and build relationships between you and the people of Nicaragua.
Donations are stored at Bill Evanâ€™s warehouse in Bridgeport, but many items need to be boxed or re-boxed so that the boxes have no empty space. I am sure that you are well aware of what humidity does to cardboard. Now can you imagine partially filled boxes losing their shape as they travel by ship on the Atlantic and then enter the tropical humidity that is ever present in Nicaragua. The cargo in the truck container would look like a melted ice cream cake when it arrived in Managua.
CTRPCV has been asked to repack boxes that will be shipped to Nicaragua. We will meet at Billâ€™s warehouse and work on Saturday, October 24th from 9 AM until 4 PM. Bill will have all the packing supplies, but you might want to bring your favorite tape dispenser (gun) like I do.
I have been working with CT Quest for Peace for years and I have traveled down to Nicaragua to see the various projects and to work with Donna Tabor (RPCV/Nicaragua) in Granada, Nicaragua. I have seen firsthand that these projects are working and that every effort we make here is greatly appreciated by the recipients. On a personal level, I would be pleased if you could come and assist us in our efforts to send humanitarian aid to the needy in Nicaragua.
Please contact Maureen Shanley at 203-775-9222 or email@example.com to let her know if you are able to help with this project. For more information about CT Quest for Peace go to www.ctquestforpeace.org.
If you want to bring donations, contact Maureen Shanley at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what they need. CT Quest is always looking for SUMMER clothing, school supplies for children, books in Spanish, wheel chairs, kitchen utensils, and bed linens.
Billâ€™s Warehouse address:
William Evans Painting Co.
394 Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
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