School for children in Guatemala

For: Children in San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltena, Guatemala
San Martín Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Organizer: Dominika Tarnowska
School for children in Guatemala (Children in San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltena, Guatemala)
$1,375
of $2,700 goal.
Raised by 22 donors
50% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Dear friends!
You know I have a huge heart for kids. It all started having grown up in a communist country, where we lived with very little with my mom working very hard to save money to send me to summer camps. Since then I wanted to make a difference in the world. I felt that God has placed a passion in my heart for travel and a strong urge to make a significant impact in children's lives.

Helping children has become a mission for me and I am living to fulfill it. In 2013 I was given the opportunity to partner with an organization called Hug It Forward. I have been supporting this organization monthly ever since. Growing up with a desire to give to less fortunate children, I have decided to put my dreams into action by building a school for the children in Guatemala. This year, back in March, along with a team of volunteers, I helped in building a 'bottle school' in Guatemala for the very first time.

This experience has changed me and my life completely and before I left Guatemala in March, I had decided to go back and build another school with Hug it Forward. I'm totally stoked about this February trip. We have an awesome group of volunteers from all over the country coming with us and we are excited to serve one more community in the San Martin Jilotepeque region of Guatemala.

Hug it Forward is a grass-roots organization that facilitates education and awareness by empowering communities in Latin America to build “bottle schools”. Bottle schools are schools built using “eco-bricks,” which are recycled plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. Entire communities come together to build a more sustainable infrastructure for their future education. This upcoming trip will fully embody and capture my passion for kids and service.

I am committed and super excited to improving the lives of the children and connecting with the community. I truly hope you find it in your heart to support this mission and be a part of changing the world with me. No donation is too small. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Together we can make this World a better place one village at a time, one child at a time, one school at a time.

Love and gratitude!

💚 Dominika

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 14, 2016

Posted on February 14, 2016

We got to visit the school in El Chocolate I worked on last year. The children are as wonderful as I remember, and the school look beautiful and functions well! I absolutely love what we are doing here. Thank you all so much for your support. 
Gratitude and love,
Dominika

Posted on February 11, 2016

Posted on February 11, 2016

We managed to finish all the roof support beams! All the volunteers and community worked together beautifully. I'm in love with all the kids! They stole my heart. We're almost half way to our goal. Please spread the word and support our mission. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ????????

Posted on February 10, 2016

Posted on February 10, 2016

We're making huge progress at the construction site. Members of the community, children and all of us volunteers are working together to get the cement structure up and done. We are making new friends, learning about El Padrera and the life here. Absolutely wonderful so far! Thank you to all of our supporters thus far. Please share this with your friends and loved ones. Huge hugs from Guatemala!
Dominika

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Love and gratitude! 

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