Currently, CREAR is hosting a summer program with Duke & Vanderbilt Universities through the nonprofit organization Nourish International, with nine volunteers from the universities committed to repairing and painting the EBAIS public health clinic during the months of May and June.
“We are sanding and cleaning the walls, providing a fresh coat of paint for the entire clinic, re-doing part of the ceiling, replacing some doors that were affected by the earthquake and hopefully solving some storage issues they have,” explained Andrea Keith, CREAR’s program director.
“The money was fundraised directly through the Duke and Vanderbilt Nourish chapters through a variety of events such as midnight pancake dinners, cupcake sales, etc.”
CREAR is a nonprofit association that offers free supplemental education to local youth and has drawn interest from many universities and high schools in the United States who want not only to learn Spanish, but to contribute to the community during their time here.
These service-based learning trips offer people of all ages the chance to interact with members of the community they would never normally meet, and in addition to giving classes and helping in the public library, they also work on community construction tasks.
These projects have left tangible improvements to the Samara community, as groups have painted the community salon, created an environmental-themed public mural mosaic, restored and renovated a previously unusable public park, and much more.
CREAR is always in need of donations to cover materials for classes and projects, and hopes to receive a donation of land where they can build their own CREAR campus. If you would like to help, visit the website www.asociacioncrear.org or email [email protected].