Last November, Strength for the Journey began our search for land to purchase to build our learning center. We have outgrown our borrowed space in the local church and risk losing that space when the time comes that a new priest arrives. We appealed to you, our donors, and you responded with much generosity.
Since then, we have looked at all available land throughout our mountain area. Some plots were untitled. Others had false titles. And the rest were either too large or too costly.
Ideally, we should be located within the pueblo of Jamao, but there, the land is more expensive. We have enough money to pay $25 per square meter, but we need double that, about $50 per meter to purchase a plot of about 700 square meters within Jamao.
Thus, we are asking if you would help us out. If 700 people would donate $25 for one square meter, we would have the funds needed.....
....or 350 donated $50.......or 175 contributed $100 we would have the funds to purchase land within the pueblo.
Together, you our donors, have grown this non-profit from one volunteer teacher and a few students to 5 paid teachers and hundreds of students from all over the mountain area, We teach children from ages 7 - 13 to read for the very first time, and we provide opportunities to think and play math games, to be creative and do art, to create drama, and to be exposed to new learning opportunities.
Unless we have our own space, a home, Strength for the Journey can no longer continue in Jamao. Once we have land, we will apply for local grant funds to build our center, but we cannot do that without land.
PLEASE help us! A Strength for the Journey learning center could be a legacy that each of us, together leaves behind.
Some have chosen a monthly contribution rather than one large donation. You could do that, too! Just click the corresponding box below your donation.
Heartfelt thanks to these individuals who have made donations since March.. You are our Strength for the Journey!
Pat (Seibert) and BJ Mikkelson
Firelands Presbyterian church
David and Pat George
The Dubois Foundation
Thank you for being our Strength for the Journey! The SFTJ kids have possibilities because of YOU!