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Willsboro student joins Mission of Hope

WILLSBORO - Tara Robare will soon take a week-long excursion away from the Adirondack winter to a place with a tropical climate. However, this trip will be about much more than soaking up the sun.

A senior at Willsboro Central School, Robare will join the 35th embarkment of the North Country Mission of Hope, an ongoing mission to aid cities in Nicaragua.

North Country Mission of Hope was founded locally in 1998 in response to severe conditions in Nicaragua resulting from a Category 5 hurricane. Through a wide range of development projects, the organization has been working to improve living conditions in one of the poorest nations in the world.

But to get there, Robare has to do her own fundraising for the trip. Roughly $1,200 is needed to pay for her transportation and food.

To raise the funds, Robare has made presentations to community groups in and around Willsboro, the latest of which was a Jan. 5 meeting with the United Methodist Women of Willsboro. There, she expressed her enthusiasm for what she can help North Country Mission of Hope accomplish.

Robare said she was inspired to volunteer overseas after Sister Deborah Blow, Executive Director for North Country Mission of Hope, visited her Spanish class with a presentation about the organization. Through images and accounts of Nicaraguan living conditions, Robare recognized a need to serve.

"I knew things like that happened," she said, "but I didn't know the extent of it."

Also, the trip appealed to her strong desire to travel overseas, something she hopes to continue doing in college.

"I chose to go because I want to see the world that I'm living in; the good, the bad, and the ugly," said Robare.

About half the funds needed for her trip have been pledged thus far, said Robare.

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