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[[Image:BRIDGE1.JPG|thumb|Fig 1: BRIDGE volunteers Volunteers helping with the construction of a medical clinic in Amaya]]
[[Image:BRIDGE3.JPG|thumb|Fig 2: Students walking home from the school which will manage the completed library]]
[[Image:BRIDGE5.JPG|thumb|Fig 3: Typical home construction in Morrito]]
Our first project as BRIDGE Nicaragua is the construction of a 18'x30' library and computer center for Morrito Nicaragua which grew out of our first trip.
Our second trip will be == Project Details ==BRIDGE Nicaragua is a group formed by students from San Francisco State University who are working with local Nicaraguan communities in Jan 2009 an effort to improve infrastructure and we quality of life. We are still looking to raise currently working on a project in the other $11small fishing community of Morrito,900 and more people who are interested in coming. See our proposal below for detailsNicaragua.
==Aug 2008 Trip==Morrito is the third [[BRIDGE/trip1| This pagepoorest]] Has municipality of the travel log and initial plans for second poorest country in the first trip that we took in August 2008Americas. You can see photos from that trip [http://picasaweb.google.com/bridge.nica/Aug2008# here]. ==Jan 2009 Trip==[[BRIDGE/Trip2| This page]] Has 34% of the information on our plans for Jan 2009 including information for people planning to comepopulation lives in extreme poverty at less than $1 per day.
==Background Materials==Volunteers for BRIDGE Nicaragua first became involved with the town of Morrito after being informed by a local contact of the underdevelopment in the community. In April 2008, local Mayor Eda Medina and Judge Juan Sandino, along with other community leaders, met and decided a new library and computer center was of the highest priority. This would allow for access to information, education, and job skills at the moment inaccessible in Morrito.
[http://userwwwIn August 2008, a small group of BRIDGE Nicaragua volunteers made our first trip to Morrito in order to meet with the community and make preliminary plans for the project.sfsu.edu/~dreber/Morrito_Information.pdf this PDF] has After raising some background information funds, we returned in January 2009 and donated laptops, books, and other materials requested by the community. We were also able to finalize details on Morritothe library and computer center as well as perform health surveys and hand out health packs to families.
[[Media:Assistance_Project_for_Morrito.pdf|This pdf]] also has descriptions At this point in time we are in dire need of funding for several this project as well as future projects availablewe are in the process of planning. If you are interested in donating to our cause or would just like more information about BRIDGE Nicaragua, please leave a message on the talk page.
==ProposalDonate ==This is a request for the remainder of the 12To donate,000 Dollars required to build a two room computer lab and library for the community of Morrito Nicaraguaplease [http://ihcenter. This project will be managed by BRIDGE Nicaragua (Building Resources in International Development for Global Equality), an organization composed of students and faculty from San Francisco State Universityorg/groups/bridgenicaragua. html click here]
The community in Morrito, BRIDGE Nicaragua, has experienced hardship due to is a lack project of clean running waterInternational Humanities Center, internet and community lending libraries for children and adults. The government a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of Nicaragua reports that Morrito is the third poorest municipality in Nicaragua, and 34% of the population lives in extreme poverty at less than 1$ per dayIRS Code. We want to empower Morritans and there is no better way to do that than to expand access to information and education with a library and computer center All donations are tax deductible.
The structure will be placed on the site Please note that BRIDGE Nicaragua is an independent organization of the largest elementary school in the municipalityAppropedia. After constructionTo donate to Appropedia, it will be managed by the school and provide materials to the entire communityplease go [http://forum.appropedia.org/support-appropedia here]. The only current library in Morrito is 30 years old Thanks Appropedia for allowing us to use your webspace and is composed of only 50 books in a creating this wonderful community of 7000 peoplewho are making the world a better place.
Our attention was originally called to the area by an engineer from California who had been to the community to visit his wife's family in September 2007. After seeing the conditions in Morrito, he began to petition various NGO's for assistance. In early April, 2008, community leaders met with several teachers to prioritize needs in Morrito. During this meeting, teachers decided that the highest priority was the construction of a building to house a library and future computer laboratory. Our team visited the site in August 2008 and confirmed that this was the most immediately beneficial project to undertake. In September 2008, the community was visited by our Program Director to confirm details of the project. Morrito will be visited in January 2009 by a team of students from SFSU and if we have the required funds, construction will begin then. ===Library Plans=Morrito Contract ==We will be coordinating with many entities Click here to complete this project. UNI, an engineering university in Managua is very experienced in designing for development projects and is designing see the structure[http://userwww. The design in being completed locally so that it will be constructible with local skills and materialssfsuWe are working with several existing library charities to obtain our initial collection of books and develop the initial library policiesedu/~dreber/MorritoContract. BRIDGE Nicaragua will coordinate all aspects of the project, recruit volunteers and raise the necessary funds. ===Fund Raising===The 12,000 requested will be used only for construction material purchase and transport and the skilled labor required for construction. Unskilled labor will be provided primarily by the community and also by San Francisco State University Students and Faculty. All volunteers are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. One hundred percent of donations will go to construction of the structure. Unspent funds will be donated to Whirlwind Wheelchair which designs wheel chairs for developing countries around the world. So far pdf contract] we have raised $100 of $12,000. If we can raise made with the remainder by the end municipality of November 2008, the structure can be completed in January 2009. If you have questions or comments, please call David Reber (415-889-3863) or Kristine Low (415-503-8884). Please visit us Morrito on our website at bridgenicaragualast trip.com==Donate==The easiest way for anyone to give this project is to [https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=bridge%2edonations%40gmail%2ecom&item_name=BRIDGE%20Nicaragua&no_shipping=0&no_note=1&tax=0&currency_code=USD&lc=US&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF&charset=UTF%2d8 make a donation]
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