Students exceed fundraising goal for Nicaraguan garbage community

By Chad Klassen
February 23, 2016 - 6:56am Updated: February 23, 2016 - 12:19pm

KAMLOOPS — Students in School District 73 are counting every last penny they've raised over the last month before they're sent to help a small community in Nicaragua. 

The campaign 'Change For Change,' involving schools like Parkcrest Elementary, is in its final stages, and the total so far have far exceeded expectations, raising over $2,500 with the help of three other schools in the district. 

The funds will go to El Limonal, a community of about 2,000 people in Nicaragua who live and work in a garbage dump. The money raised is enough to buy hampers for everyone there, and there are now plans in the works to build a home as well. 

A group of Kamloops residents, including Jess Rothenburger who produced a documentary in the garbage dump, is heading down there in March with the hampers and funds, and students and teachers here are proud of the difference they're making. 

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