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Monika Does Belize It!
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Fundraising Goal $2,000.00

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Welcome! Bienvenue! Bienvenido! Witam!

       Thank you for visiting. My name is Monika Chmielewski and I am in my 4th year as an International Development Studies student at the University of Toronto. Starting July 15th 2014, I will be living in Belize City, Belize doing my co-op placement with Cuso International! For the next 9 months I will be volunteering with The Ministry of Education on their youth apprenticeship program. My objectives primarily are to work with at risk youth to develop their employability skills and support the Youth Apprenticeship program in providing employment services to these youth. Belize has a very high unemployment and those most at risk is the younger generations who are hoping to create a stable future. I will be working side-by-side with committed Belizeans to make this positive change happen. Lasting change requires not just a financial investment, but also a human investment.

       I am proud to have been selected by Cuso International, one of the largest and most respected volunteer agencies in North America. To simply put it, professional volunteers work with local organization that thoroughly understands the intricacies of needs in the community. I really like their commitment to "sending people not money" to train and empower people while working with the tenet of equality and equity. And so, I am preparing for a journey into very unfamiliar territory.

     I believe we all have a desire to help others in our own ways and for me working and volunteering abroad is my way of helping. My wish is to understand more about the practical work in development, the nature of collaboration and cooperation, and how we can affect the sort of change we want to see. I welcome you to join and support me on this journey.

       I am very grateful for this opportunity; therefore I am asking you for your help in reaching my fundraising goal: for every dollar that you contribute, former CIDA (DFATD) has committed to match it with $9. My given goal is to raise $2000 before and during my volunteer placement. This money works through a “pay it forward” method. The $2000 raised, all proceeds from fundraising will go to Cuso International Canada, to be used to send volunteers like myself on similar placements. I myself have already donated 40$  :)

      Join me in helping the next generation of volunteers transfer their skills to catalyze change. Tax receipts are also available for donations of over $10.00 (CDN). Lastly, the top five donors will all receive a beautiful gift I will bring from Belize!  Together, let's pay it forward!

*If you are further interested, check out my blog!

For more infromation about Cuso International, check out:

" We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." - Mother Teresa

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Thank you to my sponsors:

Teresa Pijanowski donated $50.00
Jan 27, 2015 12:00 AM
Ania, Jarek & Alicia left a message
Jan 18, 2015 11:35 AM
Hi Monika, we are very proud of you and the great work you are doing to make a difference. We miss you and can't wait to see you and hear of your achievements and your great adventures! Enjoy your great experience and learning opportunities which will greatly impact your future! We love you and wish you all the best!
Ania, Jarek & Alicia donated $150.00
Jan 18, 2015 11:24 AM
Marek donated $100.00
Oct 24, 2014 1:02 PM
Hanna and Marek left a message
Sep 11, 2014 11:59 PM
Hi Monika, very interesting blog and great pictures. We think of you a lot and we wish you all the best.
A friend donated $50.00
Aug 15, 2014 5:24 PM
Andrea left a message
Aug 3, 2014 10:36 AM
Hello Monika. Amazing blogue. Keep up your hard work. I wish you many adventures, coconuts, sunshine, love, fiestas, siestas, etc. Andrea with love
Andrea donated $20.00
Aug 3, 2014 10:33 AM
Patrycja W donated $50.00
Jul 15, 2014 3:24 PM
OCH Employees donated $140.00
Jul 14, 2014 1:32 PM
Amber left a message
Jul 13, 2014 3:54 PM
The Forgies support you 100%!
Amber donated $40.00
Jul 13, 2014 3:51 PM
Hannah donated $100.00
Jul 13, 2014 1:22 PM
Kevin donated $30.00
Jul 11, 2014 3:21 PM
Matilda donated $20.00
Jul 11, 2014 10:34 AM
SKWID Sister! donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 10, 2014 2:53 PM
Laura left a message
Jul 9, 2014 3:36 PM
Best of luck!
Laura Myers donated $10.00
Jul 9, 2014 3:35 PM
Margaret Wylie donated $20.00
Jul 9, 2014 10:14 AM
Lynda donated $25.00
Jul 9, 2014 10:09 AM
Pauline donated $25.00
Jul 9, 2014 10:05 AM
Sangeeta donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 6, 2014 9:36 PM
Raly Chakarova donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 27, 2014 9:39 PM
Mon left a message
Jun 25, 2014 10:04 AM
:) :) :)
Monika Chmielewski donated $40.00
Jun 25, 2014 10:03 AM
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