Alliance of Youth, Hope for the Future
October 26, 2015
Diana Corrales & Meg Canale, Fabretto Children’s Foundation
At Fabretto Children’s Foundation, we are committed to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger through education and nutrition programs. Partnerships, with groups such as the Alliance to End Hunger, have provided exciting collaborative opportunities focused on and devoted to establishing healthy communities.
In April of this year, Fabretto students and teachers participated in a stimulating exchange in Nicaragua with Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, National 4-H Council, and the U.S. Department of State’s SportsUnited division. The Ripken Foundation led trainings on Health Children, Healthy Choices, a curriculum promoting health choices for adolescents and Quickball, a fast-paced, easy to learn version of baseball. Fabretto teachers benefitted from Ripken Foundation’s “train-the-trainer” program, learning how to implement the curriculum with their own students and to teach life-lessons through sports. As a strong advocate for sports diplomacy through SportsUnited, former U.S. Ambassador Phyllis Powers visited the training camp and spoke to the youth and staff.
At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, twenty exemplary Nicaraguan students and six teachers, many of them from rural communities, journeyed to the United States in August. National 4-H Council hosted a week-long leadership workshop that included a visit to Mayorga Organics where some of the students’ coffee is processed, including Johana’s, a student of Fabretto’s Rural Secondary Education Program (SAT). Kevin Marinacci (Fabretto’s President), Carmen (a SAT teacher), and Johana participated in “The Role of Youth in Global Food Security Solutions” panel discussion at the Alliance to End Hunger’s Washington D.C. office. Participants shared firsthand experience dealing with food security in rural areas as well as youth empowerment through agricultural training and education.
While in the United States, students also participated in the Ripken Foundation’s baseball camp where their team was recognized for good sportsmanship. The group then flew to Texas and met with Breedlove Foods, an organization that had coordinated a food program from 2002 to 2010 that benefited many of the Nicaraguan students. The last stop on their journey was Texas Tech University where they met with professors who then visited the students’ communities shortly thereafter to their projects first-hand.
Upon return, students and teachers glowed as they shared anecdotes of their trip with their classmates, friends, colleagues, and family. Fabretto invited two students and a teacher from San Isidro de Bolas to present their story at the Annual Report reveal in Managua on August 26, 2015. With support from Fabretto’s many partnerships, the exchange created new dreams and ideas as well as new friendships and alliances.
Fabretto Children’s Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Nicaragua. For more information, please visit www.fabretto.org.