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"We cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." - Mother Teresa

Hola Friends!

I believe that with a little help from my loved ones, we can together raise money to do something wonderful for a community of people in Guatemala.

This March (12th-19th) I, and my team of 11 other Fordham students, will be traveling to San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala with the Fordham University Global Outreach Program (better known as GO!). Once in Guatemala, our team will actively take part in community projects while working and interacting alongside students with special needs, as well as local families and community members in order to help improve and strengthen a Guatemalan community and immerse ourselves in the ancient Mayan culture and village life. During our trip, our team will be partnering with Via International, an organization that has experienced a great deal of success in integrated international community development work.

Global Outreach is a program of the Office of Mission and Ministry at Fordham University. Dedicated to the 4 pillars of social justice, simple living, spirituality, and community, GO! is a cultural immersion and service program where Fordham students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice, while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth. With our teams, we are sent to live, work, and learn with partnering organizations. Each GO! project shares the ultimate goal of creating solidarity, learning about issues of poverty and injustice, and connecting the local with the global.

I am so excited to embark on this journey with my teammates, as we have spent the last several months getting to know one another and developing a pretty awesome team! But most of all I hope I am able to leave even a small mark on the lives of the people I meet in Guatemala since I am sure they will make an enormous impact on mine! Sadly, Over 75% of the Guatemalan population lives below the poverty line in a perpetual cycle of destitution and oppression. Communities do not have clean drinking water, waste removal systems, or proper sewage—current, ongoing issues which have become a huge threat to Guatemalan children and their families. However, by donating to our cause, you are helping us give hope to the communities and families of San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala.

I am writing to ask for your help in participating in this project. As members of the GO! Guatemala team, my teammates and I are each responsible to raise $1,700 prior to our endeavors, in order to fund travel, accommodations, supplies for our work, and also to raise and make a generous donation to our partnering organization, Via International, for their inspiring work in Guatemala. This is where you come in. Any donation that you can provide to defray these costs would be extremely appreciated! I know times are hard so please do not feel pressured, but please keep in mind that even the smallest donation ($5 or $10) will be a huge help to me and my team and the Guatemalan people we will soon encounter.

Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness and for being a part of this incredible project and life changing experience of mine! I cannot wait to share my stories and photos with you!

Love and Muchas Gracias!
Gina Signorile


If you would prefer to write a check, the address to send it to is:

Global Outreach
Fordham University
441 East Fordham Rd.
Bronx, NY 10458

Donation checks are tax deductible and can be made out to Global Outreach. Make sure that you include a slip of paper with my name so that the GO! Staff knows for whom the donation is intended.

My team and I will be receiving donations until February 25, 2011.
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