We’re at 9 supporters and counting. Thank you so much to those who have donated so far, and let’s get some more people with us!
It has been a long time, and time creates distance. Some of you may be trying to place me in your memory, to remember why this blog sounds familiar. Allow me to help.
I’m a guy who travels and writes when he can, exploring the world and asking questions to those who give. I’ve been to Nicaragua twice, and some of you came with me. Together, we did some pretty cool things. We got a wonderful man a new bed along with some baseball swag from his favorite team, we placed four (now five) kids through private school for the last three years, we bought and sold jewelry made by the women of La Chureca to help them create a new source of income, we bought a bike for a girl with Polio so her dad could take her to her therapy sessions, and we did a lot more as well.
We did what we could with a little of what we have, and we were all lifted because of it. Those who received our gifts got something special – care and love from strangers thousands of miles away, in ways that helped them in their daily lives. And we, in return, learned of their stories, received some of their strength, gained inspiration from their courage. We connected, and we were all made more happy because of it.
Britney and I leave for Nicaragua in a couple of days, and we’d again like you to come with us. With $250 on the first trip we did some great things, with $775 on the second we did even more. My goal for this trip, like last time, isn’t to raise a certain amount of money, but to involve as many people as possible. On our last trip we were joined by 33 people. This time, let’s shoot for 40. Donate $5, 10, $25, $100, it doesn’t matter how much. Remember that 100% of your donation goes straight to a Nicaraguan.
Thank you for everything!
Jefferson, The Weekend Philanthropist
“My mission is to experience the world of charitable giving through study and direct involvement in order to find an under-served people and arrive at a clear, informed, and bold focus that will define the organizations I help create. Oh, and to have an amazing time while doing it.”
That’s right, everybody, the trip is almost here . . . the dream is about to happen.
I get to go to work today and think about it all day . . .
Before then, though, I wanted to get out some updates and let you know some of the awesome plans I have for this trip.
Last time I flew into to Nicaragua with eight of my friends in my wallet . . . people who donated a few bucks or a lot so I could help out random people I met along the way. This time 26 have donated a total of $645! That is so awesome – thank you so much! With how far $250 took us, I can’t imagine what we’ll be able to do with more, and most importantly . . . I’m really excited that more people were involved this time! Thank you for making that happen!
If you haven’t donated yet, please do so! Whether it’s $5 or $50, it doesn’t matter – I’m going to try to use it in the best way possible. You can send it by Paypal or deposit to Wells Fargo (Jefferson Cloward’s “Nicaragua Donations” account), but make sure to do it today so I have everything ready to go for tomorrow!
While I try to keep a big chunk of my trips open to spontaneity, I do have some great plans I’m really excited for.
From there . . . it’s fairly open. I have a few more contacts to get a hold of today, but Britney and I will just keep our eyes open and see where we want to go when we get down there! I love having an open schedule.
I’m going to try to post something daily to this blog, just a picture and a couple hundred words. I’m taking along with me a Zagg keyboard that connects via bluetooth to my phone, so my iPhone is going to be somewhat of a lap top while I’m gone – I’ll be able to type quickly into my journal and also type something up for you guys. I hope you like it!
If you do, I hope you’ll be really annoying to your friends and link and “share” every single post! Seriously though, I’d always appreciate it 🙂
Well . . . it’s that time again. Ya know, for the daily grind to begin.
I guess I can’t complain much – this is the last time I have to “work” for a couple of amazing weeks.