Norwalk residents will celebrate 25 years of rendering assistance to a Nicaraguan sister city Saturday, May 25, at the Shore and Country Club in East Norwalk. Through the Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project, they have been helping break the cycle of poverty in Nagarote and provide hope for a brighter future through education, reforestation and organic farming.
The gala will honor the project’s accomplishments. Its theme is "Honoring the Past; Building the Future," a phrase organnizers say reflects the mission of the project, which includes:
■ 185 at-risk youth taking classes after school and doing community service in the tree nursery, growing and planting over 20,000 trees;
■ 82 young people enrolled in a scholarship program that provides tutoring and parental support along with uniforms, shoes and book bags;
■ 30 youngsters attending a preschool that is partnered with the Norwalk Community College Early Childhood Education Program;
■ and a community garden and four-acre farm that serve as teaching models for sustainable organic farming practices for local farmers.
However, organizers say the celebration is also about what they are looking to do in the future. With a new Community Center almost completed, they will be able to offer new programs and reach out to more segments of the community in the beginning of another quarter-century of partnership and growth.
The gala will include a silent auction and music by the Greg Detroy Trio. For more information, visit their website or call board member Priscilla Woyke at (203) 966-1565.
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