CUMBERLAND — A Village of Children, a new non-profit started by 2006 Greely graduate Aaron S. Gilbert, is turning American dollars into first-world solutions for over 400 Bolivian orphans.
The company works with pre-teen mothers, with orphans of all ages, and at-risk adolescents, who are independent but feel hopeless. A Village of Children is trying to make changes using money from American supporters and an international team of volunteers.
Gilbert collects online donations at avillageofchildren.com and uses the money to build projects that benefit over 400 orphans. This year they have built a recreational facility for health and fitness classes, started teaching child-mothers about nutrition, and started a program to encourage character development in otherwise socially lost adolescents.
Long-term, Gilbert hopes to turn these programs into self-sustained and locally staffed long-term programs, but they first need to hire more local teachers. While the majority of the financial support for group comes from the U.S., work on the ground is carried out by an international team of volunteers living in Bolivia. For more information visit avillageofchildren.com.
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