Niagara University students journey to Nicaragua to build homes for family in need

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – 6 Niagara University students will journey across the hemisphere to build homes in a struggling Nicaraguan community.

It’s the third annual Niagara university Cup. This year, students battle it out on the field to raise money to send  6 students from the “Bienvenidos” group to Nicaragua.
The group tells us they want to change the world.
Kelly Fitzpatrick, club President said, “Latin America is a region we kind of push aside and there is a lot of need there. So I think it’s awareness of the world, the economic problems and stratification and we are going to try to change that.”
They’re headed to the small community of El Sauce next month to build a home for a family in need. Many there live in homes thrown together with mud and tarp.

This will be the second time Junior Briana Nele is heading abroad. In high school she went with the Four Walls organization and built homes there. It’s a trip she says she’ll never forget.

She said, “We are going to build a house with four walls and that’s it. There’s a door, and two windows and a roof. It’s so great for them because what they have right now is nothing. I’ve been dreaming about going back since the day that I left. So I’m incredibly excited to be able to share it with my friends here and show them what its all about.”
It’s been a year and half of fundraising for the group. The cost to build the home is $2 thousand dollars. Students will do most of the labor themselves, but transportation and hotel costs add up. It’s all worth it, they say for the experience of a lifetime.

Junior Jake Ebbert said, “The opportunity to really help a family who needs it is one in a million. Being able to see first hand how underprivleged a family is and being able to help them is really something that means a lot to me.”

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