Friends,

FriendsNE would like to thank everyone who has invested in the organization since its inception in 2011. As many of you know we, are a chapter of the New York based Friends of Students for 60,000 and are fortunate to have been nurtured and mentored by Peter White and other FSF60K members during the past three years. We have grown exponentially in that time and the organizations have mutually decided that it is in our best interest to register as an independent 501(c)(3). Over the course of the next few months, we will be rolling out our new name and new logo, but we will continue to focus on the work of empowering people and communities and developing programming that break the cycles of poverty. Additionally, FNE will be merging with the Imagination Federation (IF) the Florida Friends chapter and will begin to oversee the Tengo un Sueño and Afternoon High School Program; however, the Miami based founders will remain involved in the programs.

Our website friendsne.org will stay online, but please bookmark our new address: FNEinternational.org. You can follow our developments via our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thank you,
the FNE Team

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes education and sustainable community development projects in NicaraguaPeru, and Haiti. Our mission is to work with impoverished communities to identify pressing needs, network with local and international organizations, facilitate collaboration, and empower individuals to actively participate within their communities. In addition to our work abroad, FNE offers to give presentations throughout New England to raise awareness about poverty issues in the developing world. We are available to present to schools, civic and community groups as well as faith-based organizations about our work. For more information on having a presentation for your organization please contact info@friendsne.org.

Nicaragua

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This sustainable, solar-powered public library in the community of  Chacraseca, Nicaragua. The library will serve a critical role in the development of educational services in the community.  Serving the needs of both children and adults, the tools and skills learned will enable many to break the cycle of poverty. Construction began on the library in late September, 2013.

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Friends New England has a committee of very dedicated individuals from various backgrounds working on this project both in the United States and in León, Nicaragua. They are currently conducting academic research on domestic violence in the León and developing a resource inventory of organizations that work with women in the community.

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In addition to the short-term outcome of immediate water for drinking, cooking, and bathing, family members can focus concerns on other issues like better education and employment opportunities because of the assurance of access to this precious resource. Participating in a grassroots project like this gives community members a sense of ownership and a stake in its construction and maintenance.

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Tengo un Sueño is a grassroots effort of the Imagination Federation, which supports 29 fourth and fifth grade students (“dreamers”) by providing an English teacher, two full-time community coordinators, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, along with 4 times a week English lessons and a warm lunch. 

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Niño Feliz is a school for children with special needs located in the city of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. There are five classrooms: Down’s Syndrome/low functioning, severe physical disabilities, primary level, auditory disabilities/deaf, and visual disabilities/blind. In addition to these classes, there is also a class that offers instruction in daily living skills and crafts.

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FNE has been working with the Engineers Without Borders chapter at the Illinois Institute of Technology on a Bridge Project in San Claudio, Nicaragua. The project seeks to span a river that develops during the Nicaraguan rainy season; it will directly affect approximately 3000 individuals, and will indirectly affect another 12,000, and is scheduled for implementation in 2016.

Peru

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FNE helps Stony Brook University, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic of Ohio coordinate their annual medical mission trip to the Sacred Valley of Peru and Cuzco each summer. For four to six weeks groups of medical students, volunteer attendings, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and civilian public health workers from these schools will collaborate with healthcare professionals in Peru to improve the lives of people living in medically under-served communities.

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