NEWS!  ENJOY A VIDEO OF A NICA trip – see old friends and relive the experience, thanks to Friends’ co-founder Dick Wiltamuth!  http://youtu.be/lZAXYB_mx-I.
And please remember…OUR MATCHING GRANT for housing for the poor. WE’RE ALMOST THERE!!  We are currently less than $1000 away from our housing grant of $12,000, so PLEASE HELP!  Donate via Paypal or by check – see How to Donate section.  All contributions welcome, and all are tax-deductible.

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PLEASE HELP US house the poor!

We are only $1150 from our $12,000 matching grant to house the poor of Nicaragua!  Can you help?  Contributions of any amount are welcome — all contributions will be DOUBLED!

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Pete White swims for the poor

As you know, Friends has recently received a $12000 matching grant opportunity to construct houses for homeless families in Nicaragua. Currently we have raised $8000 and are trying hard to raise the remaining $4000. To that end, last week Pete White, 67, an avid recreational swimmer, “went for a dip” of 2.1 miles from Centerport Beach to Sand City. He hopes Friends‘ members and friends will support his effort with a modest pledge for this solo swim-a-thon. Pete was ready and up to the challenge, having seen much poverty throughout the world and working hard for many years to alleviate it.  Bravo, Pete!

Friends awaits donations, in any amount, to celebrate Pete’s effort and bring us closer to our goal!  Please visit our website www.fsf60k.org to donate by Paypal, or send a tax-deductible check to FSF60K, 16 Stony Hollow Road, Centerport NY 11721.

“I did it, all 2 miles, in about an hour and a half in open water. I went w/o wetsuit for first half mi., then got a bit cold so put it on and did the remaining 1.5 mi.

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GREAT NEWS!!!  On June 18 2014,Friends of Students for 60,000 was approved for a third “challenge” (matching) grant, this time for $12,000, from the California-based humanitarian SG Foundation to continue our house-building in Chacraseca!

This means that we really need to reach out to our donors so that we can have the funds to match this grant!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider making a donation NOW for safe housing for the poor in Chacraseca. (click the DONATE button to donate through paypal!)

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WELCOME BACK FROM ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL NICARAGUA TRIP and a job well done, Pete White and FSF60K!

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Have a look at Friends’ recent activities on our Facebook page!

Have a look at Friends’ recent activities on our Facebook page!

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Friends and Nicaraguans mourn the passing of Sister Rita

June 19, 2013 — Maryknoll Sister Rita Owczarek, a long-time nurse, health educator and missioner in Nicaragua, died last Sunday in the Maryknoll Sisters Residential Care in New York. She was 95 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 65 years, much of which was spent in Nicaragua.  Known for her feistiness, Sister Rita rose to every challenge she ever received as a missioner. At one time, she even incurred a bullet wound, which ran through her bible and into her leg. Characteristically, Sister Rita didn’t even notice that she had been wounded until, after boarding a bus, one of the locals pointed to her leg and told her it was bleeding.  …“I never fail to admire and attempt to live the deep faith and hope of these wonderful people through countless catastrophes of nature, an attempt at democracy after a revolution, and political corruption,” Sister Rita wrote in a report submitted to her congregation in 2006.

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Friends Nicaragua Trip

***Led by veterans Pete White, Dick Wiltamuth, Kate Shreck and Bill Ofenloch, eight members of Friends made a successful trip to Nicaragua from Apr. 8-15. They brought $32000 with them, mostly from donations from Friends contributors. These funds were used to construct nine much needed houses in Chacraseca, to purchase animals, and to continue the almost-completed clean water project in Nuevo Amanecer. The eight member group worked on construction of two of the nine houses, had important meetings with Conchita Ojeda and other Nicaraguan community leaders about the progress of Friends' many projects, and Dr. Andrew Longley, the water expert from Great Britain who is heading up the clean water effort, which involved bringing potable, arsenic-free water from half way up the volcano Telica, down to four towns where several hundred families in Nuevo Amanecer and surrounding towns will benefit.  They also met with former Northporter John Coronna who gave them a tour of the Leon neighborhood of Subtiava where he built a beautiful park and ball field for the poor indigineous residents there. Friends hopes to use John's park as a model for one they're planning in Chacraseca. Thanks to all who contributed and remain interested in this important work. Also, since this trip was so successful, the group is considering a return visit in late summer.

Led by veterans Pete White, Dick Wiltamuth, Kate Shreck and Bill Ofenloch, eight members of Friends made a successful trip to Nicaragua from Apr. 8-15. They brought $32000 with them, mostly from donations from Friends contributors. These funds were used to construct nine much needed houses in Chacraseca, to purchase animals, and to continue the almost-completed clean water project in Nuevo Amanecer. The eight member group worked on construction of two of the nine houses, had important meetings with Conchita Ojeda and other Nicaraguan community leaders about the progress of Friends’ many projects, and Dr. Andrew Longley, the water expert from Great Britain who is heading up the clean water effort, which involved bringing potable, arsenic-free water from half way up the volcano Telica, down to four towns where several hundred families in Nuevo Amanecer and surrounding towns will benefit. they also met with former Northporter John Coronna who gave them a tour of the Leon neighborhood of Subtiava where he built a beautiful park and ball field for the poor indigineous residents there. Friends hopes to use John’s park as a model for one they’re planning in Chacraseca. Thanks to all who contributed and remain interested in this important work. Also, since this trip was so successful, the group is considering a return visit in late summer.
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From our members who run Project HOPE:

Dear Friends of HOPE-
Thanks to all of our dedicated friends and supporters, we were able to serve over 175 guests a wonderful St Patrick’s Day supper, sponsored by the Friends of Students for 60K. Our chef, Alan Zox, cooked up a fabulous dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, and our soup chefs, Nanci and Jen, served split pea soup. We rounded out our dinner with delicious Irish soda bread, donated by Copenhagen Bakery. While our guests ate, they were entertained by dancers from the Petri School of Irish Step Dancing. Special thanks to our Temple Beth El kitchen staff and to the Students for 60K, who were our ‘volunteers of the day’!

Together we are making a difference!
Carol and Sue

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March 2013 meeting minutes

  • The March meeting focused on discussion of the upcoming Friends’ trip to Nicaragua April 8 – 15 led by Pete White, including the suggested program of activities, visits, and trip logistics.
  • Also discussed was progress in establishing an enhanced web presence for Friends and in building Friends membership, particularly among alumni of Students for 60,000.
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