Hug It Forward – Creating Change For Children in Guatemala

by JT on December 31, 2011

Back in April I had the opportunity to visit California for the very first time.  While on my adventures out west I contacted an organization called Hug it Forward.  Their mission was incredible.  Spreading positivity and collecting recycled products to build “bottle schools” in Guatemala, helping the children of the country receive a better education.  When I contacted them, they quickly responded and over the past couple of months have been some of the most caring and helpful individuals I have met.  Now in the process of building bottle schools number 15 and 16 in a little over 2 years, Hug it Forward has truly demonstrated how to “be the change.”  I am honored to be associated with them and very excited to be collaborating with them for a New York City Event on January 7th at The Cellar Bar located in the Bryant Park Hotel.  More information on the event is located below.  If you are in the area stop by and support this great non-profit organization.

Tickets are still available!

Hug it Forward:

We are so excited to announce our first fundraiser. Please join us in NYC at the Bryant Park Hotel for some drinks and meet other Hug It Forward supporters and friends. We will have a raffle, and will also have some photography on display for sale by J.T. Liss  with 25% proceeds going towards Hug It Forward. We hope to see you there!

The event will take place on Saturday, January 7th from 10pm-12am. It’s a great way to bring in the new year, 2012–with some fun, and helping out a great cause. Lenox Underground is playing for charity from 10-11pm, with infamous DJ Kalkutta to join us afterward!!

Hug It Forward is a 501c3 non-profit that  works to support and empower communities in Guatemala to build Bottle Schools: schools built using plastic soda bottles and other non-biodegradable trash.

Since October 2009, 14 communities across Guatemala have come together to build their own bottle school! In the process they have not only cleaned their environment of trash, they have empowered a generation of kids who have built their school with their own hands.

More communities are ready to build bottle schools – they have collected bottles and stuffed them with trash to make “eco-bricks” – but they don’t have the funds. By making use of “waste” materials and the volunteer labor of the entire village coming together, bottle schools cost just $5,000 per classroom on average. Your donation goes a long way in Guatemala!

We invite you to watch and be inspired!

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