STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Students in the Spanish Club at Struthers High School recently sold bracelets to help children in Nicaragua.
The students participated in the Pulsera Project, a non-profit organization that educates, empowers, and connects Nicaraguan youth with students in more than 900 U.S. schools through the sale of colorful, hand-woven pulseras. Pulsera is the Spanish word for bracelet.
The bracelets are made by artists in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Uganda. The project started to get Nicaraguan youth off of the streets and provide them with education and a foundation for a successful life.
Project volunteers have raised more than $1.5 million to create sustainable jobs, empower Nicaraguan communities, and provide engaging educational programs both in the U.S. and in Nicaragua. All of the proceeds from the bracelet sales go directly back to the artists and to the Pulsera Project to provide Nicaraguan youth with education and a foundation for after school, such as micro-loans and scholarships.
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the world and 80 percent of Nicaraguans suffer from extreme poverty.
“This project was a great way to connect students to real life situations and to teach volunteer service on an international level,” said teacher Carly Giancola.
Students in the Spanish Club sold 180 bracelets, raising a total of $900 for the Pulsera Project.