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Schroon event to benefit hungry children

‘Bike and Hike’ Nov. 3

Clare Whitney, a Schroon Lake teen, poses with students from the Chiquilistagua Publico school in Nicaragua. Whitney is planning a “Bike and Hike” Nov. 3 to raise lunch money for students at the school.

Clare Whitney, a Schroon Lake teen, poses with students from the Chiquilistagua Publico school in Nicaragua. Whitney is planning a “Bike and Hike” Nov. 3 to raise lunch money for students at the school.

— For more information contact Whitney at clare.whitney95@yahoo.com or 791-7766.

Hunger is rampant in Nicaragua. It is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere; only Haiti has worse poverty.

School lunch is important, Whitney said, because it is often the only food a child receives in day.

“If they don’t get lunch at school during the day, odds are they won’t get fed every night when they go home,” she said. “It is so important that we sponsor these children to assure education and do what we can to assure better nutrition as well.

“I currently sponsor an 11 year-old girl attending Chiquilistagua Publico named Izayanna,” she said. “The lunch we can buy for the students will vary from meals such as tortilla bread and cheese, or soup, or oatmeal-like drinks. These meals are very simple and they emphasize fruit and protein, which is what most children lack most in their diets.”

A spiritually-based humanitarian organization, the North Country Mission of Hope is committed to fostering hope and empowering relationships with the people of Nicaragua through sustainable programs in education, health care, community and ecological development. It began in 1998 by responding to the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch on the impoverished villages of Nicaragua.

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