Growing up a first-generation millennial, for many, is synonymous with the struggle to find the balance between American life while remaining true and protective of your heritage. Stories, among other things like food and music, are passed down to you for safekeeping and for the eventual passing down to another by you. As a Latina, and daughter of history lovers, it was inevitable for me to learn of the stories of the glorious times lived in the Caribbean during my parents youth. Of all I heard the story of Cuba then and now was always the most fascinating to me as it remains to many today.
I now have the opportunity to visit Cuba, not simply as a tourist, but as a volunteer - helping to lay the ground work for the future of the largest Caribbean island, and not doubt one of the most intriguing places on earth
There is work to do in Cuba because:
· Over a quarter (26%) of the Cuban population lives in poverty
· About 1/3 of Cubans lives on less than $100 USD a month
· Due to the influx of tourists fresh fruits/vegetables/dairy have become too expensive for Cuban families
My team and I will be taking donations for schools and institutions in need of supplies like pencils, notebooks, calculators and the like. We will also be taking everyday toiletries like soap, toothpaste, and shampoo/conditioner for families, and toys for children like baseballs, gloves and bats which are greatly appreciated on the island.
Every cent forms part of a greater contribution to the futre.
Help me help them by lending a hand, help me share their story by donating to the cause and become my ally in change.