Spring breakers build home in Nicaragua
PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) -- While some teens partied on the beach during spring break, some other students sprang into action to work for a cause and help the needy in Nicaragua.
Helping hands laid brick after brick to build a home for those less fortunate in the Central American country. "We were mixing concrete, and we were taking out dirt by the bucket-fulls and by barrel-fulls," said student Michael Martinez, "and just to see it go from a site that looked like, you know, it was nothing to someone's home; to know that it was something that was gonna impact someone for the rest of their lives."
This is not your average group of high schoolers. These students at Westminster Christian in Southwest Miami-Dade would rather bring a positive change to the world when they have a break rather than take a vacation themselves.
So, off they went to Nicaragua to build a small home for a family who has never had a place to call their own. "In three-and-a-half days we could be doing so many other things," said Michael. "We could be going to Miami, we could be going out with our friends. But the fact that, in three-and-a-half days, you could change a family's life, not just one person, not just two but three, and a little girl whose probably not seen so much love in her life. To be able to do that, is just one of the best experiences and best feelings you could ever have."
After the family they built the home for thanked them, these students quickly learned they were getting much more back than they could have ever imagined. Student Sabrina Gadala-Maria said, "You're welcome, but thank you, at the same time, thank you for giving me this chance to bring 17 kids down to Managua and build this house for you. Thank you for letting me have this impact on your life."
Having a chance to do something good as a group has these teens closer than ever. Student Christopher Gonzalez said, "The bond that we as a group made with each other was great, and each time is different, and you come back so humble. You just want to give more and more to the people around you, and that's just Nicaragua. It happens all over the world."
The teens left the home ready for the family, and even got to see them inside of their new furnished home for the first time. Michael recalls a child enjoying her bed for the first time. "She was sitting on that bed, and that smile, you know, it's just one of those images that you'll never forget in your life. That smile on that little girl who basically has nothing, and we were able to give her her first bed, and we were able to see her enjoy that moment for the first time in her life."
This project was completely student-designed and Sabrina started this with a group of good friends, and now it's her turn to pass it on to the underclassmen. "We didn't know it was going to be anything so big and so life-changing for so many people. It was just us three, and then this year it was 17, last year it was 16, and the numbers will continue to grow and grow, and hopefully the seeds we've planted will continue to grow in the lives of the students at Westminster."
The group said they cannot wait until next year's trip.
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