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Group to take aid to Bolivia

Published: Saturday, July 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
Boys in Bolivia playfully check out their new toothbrushes in Bolivia. At the end of the month, a local mission group will go to Bolivia with supplies and to help with renovations and science education. Photo submitted by Cindy Hall.

STERLING – Eleven area adults and students will travel to Bolivia for 2 weeks in late July as part of a mission group sponsored by the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.

While there, the group will help with school renovations and science education in the Lake Titicaca region in the Andes Mountains.

As part of this humanitarian effort, monetary contributions to support children and families for educational, nutritional, and health needs are sought.

“Even a small contribution of $5 can provide a child school supplies for an entire year,” Wendy Burke, a member of the group, said. “$10 can provide an entire family with enough high protein grain seed to both cultivate for their own nutritional needs and sell to provided income for other necessaries. Our goal is to help provide the tools and resources needed for families to become self-sustaining.”

Money raised will help to support community efforts to provide latrines, fresh water facilities, and greenhouses for growing produce – all key to improving health and hygiene conditions as well as food production.

The group also hopes to collect medical and school supplies.

Medical items most in need are over-the-counter cold, cough, and diarrhea medications for children and adults, bandages, and Neosporin first aid cream or ointment. All items should be new and in original packaging. Used or new blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes also are in demand.

School notebooks and used laptops are needed for students, as well as jackets, as the climate tends to be cool in the mountains.

Financial contributions as well as medical and school supplies can be dropped off at or sent to Wesley United Methodist Church, Bolivia Mission 2014, 2200 16th Ave., Sterling, IL 61081. Monetary contributors will receive tax-deductible receipts at the end of the year.

For more information, contact Wendy Burke at 213-999-4848 or Elisa Gatz at 815-441-9514. Visit www.umcnic.org/ministries/missions for information on the Northern Illinois United Methodist Conference.

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