Little Angels of Honduras, a nonprofit organization founded locally by Chautauqua County natives Christian Perry and Katie Castro, begins a fundraising initiative Monday involving four local high schools. This initiative is based on the belief that young people in Chautauqua County have the ability to impact the larger, global community for good. The schools participating are Maple Grove Jr.-Sr. High School, Falconer Central School, Frewsburg Central School and Jamestown High School.
The fundraising initiative has been titled "Battle of the High Schools." It is a month long and during that duration each school will be collecting antibacterial gel and selling T-shirts and wristbands. The winning school will be determined based on the amount of fluid ounces of hand gel collected and profit grossed from the sales of T-shirts and bracelets.
"The battle is an opportunity for us to engage young people in our community and invite them to participate in saving the lives of newborns in Honduras with us," Castro said. "We want to inspire them to action. Our message is clear: the potential of young people to change the world - both locally and globally - is unlimited."
The organization has encouraged the high schools to be creative and to engage their respective communities in helping them win the battle and, more importantly, save lives.
Little Angels of Honduras was founded in 2013 after the tragic loss of Castro's infant daughter born in Honduras. Its mission is to reduce the country's infant mortality rate and includes the construction of a maternal-infant care hospital. The organization has seen significant growth in past months including the cooperation of the Honduran government, international corporations, and the private sector of Honduras.
To collaborate with Little Angels' efforts, visit www.littleangelsofhonduras.org or call 969-6816.