Somos Ohana Nicaragua will hold their huge, annual charity rummage sale on Saturday April 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pukalani Elementary School cafeteria at 2945 Iolani St. in Pukalani to fund the many projects they support in northwestern Nicaragua.
Items for sale will include clothing, collectibles, art, household articles, baby items, sports equipment, plants and a country store of fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Charlotte and Dan Flavin, founders of the Pukalani-based nonprofit, said that their main goal this year is to begin construction of a regional high school in La Carreta. Secondary-school students are now attending classes only on Sundays in the crowded quarters of an elementary school building.
Eduardito Gomez reads his first book with his mother, Cristina, thanks to donations gathered by Somos Ohana Nicaragua.
Money for the construction comes from the fundraising efforts by volunteers for Somos Ohana Nicaragua and from individual donations.
Volunteers, and area parents and students will conduct much of the labor.
The Nicaraguan government will supply teachers for a combined curricula of classical secondary education with farming technology, once the first wing of three classrooms is finished in early 2015.
The Maui volunteer group and their committed counterparts in the municipality of Villanueva, Department of Chinandega, will hold their third annual, two-week day camp in Nicaragua in July for children and young adults with special needs.
The camp is in addition to their ongoing delivery of physical therapy services by Maui volunteer Jim Kahler.
Somos Ohana Nicaragua also provides scholarship grants for college tuition for seven students studying physical therapy, speech therapy, computer programming, education, nursing and agronomy.
The nonprofit also provides travel funds to cancer patients for bus transportation from their rural villages to treatment in the cities of Chinandega, Leon and Managua.
Somos Ohana Nicaragua furnishes bikes to kids who have one- and two-hour walks to regional high schools, as well. The group has already provided 85 bikes, which cost $100 Nicaragua, and they will need to provide about 18 more this coming summer. The bike program includes a commitment by students and their families to school attendance, which is leading to improved graduation rates.
Somos Ohana Nicaragua is seeking volunteers and donations to continue their projects. For volunteers in Nicaragua, the ability to communicate in Spanish is very valuable. Those committed to going are offered free lessons prior to the trip.
All donations are used for these programs; therefore, volunteers pay for their own airfare and a modest daily room-and-board fee in Nicaragua.
Interested persons are encouraged to call the Somos Ohana Nicaragua President Charlotte Flavin at 572-9898.