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Sister Ships Working Together in Nicaragua, Part I

The crew of our sister ship ms Statendam had previously organized charity donations to be sent to schools in Corinto, Nicaragua. The donations included boxes with new school supplies, computers and used clothing. It was a pleasure being approached by them to help assist in delivering these donations knowing in what poor circumstances people live there. The ms Rotterdam collected these donations in our home port of San Diego. As we learned that it was not possible to visit the schools due to school holidays, the Rotterdam invited the children, teachers and a representative of the Ministry of Education to come for a tour and have lunch on our ship. As many of the children had never left Corinto, this was a major happening for them. The children visited the Bridge, the restaurants, movie theater and casino. They played with other children from HAL guests on board and enjoyed hamburgers with fries and ice cream from the Lido. A word of thanks received afterward from the schools for making this a memorable day for the children.

Back row from left: Captain Robert-Jan Kan, Human Resources Manager Natalie Ansari, Isabel Stortenbeeker and Hotel Manager Hans Dernison with children of the Corinto schools, teachers and representative of the Ministery of Education.

Group picture with donated goody bags from our Club Hal.

Tour on the Bridge.

Playing table tennis by the Lido.

Natalie Ansari is Rotterdam’s human resources manager.

  • Alejandra Alvarez

    Hi Natalie,

    Seeds of Learning is a non-profit organization based in Sonoma,Ca. Seeds of Learning (SOL), is changing lives in Central and North America through educational and cross-cultural programs. Since 1991, we have built over 215 educational rooms in 64 communities, and offered over 1,300 scholarships to students in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Our work is instrumental in breaking the cycle of poverty and building better futures for countless children and youth.We also host around 20 work groups of North American volunteers every year. These volunteers (many of whom hail from Sonoma county) travel to Central America to build schools and participate in eye-opening cross-cultural experiences. As around 50% of these volunteers are youth, we also provide travel scholarships to make the trips more affordable.

    This year, we are fortunate enough to have received a large amount of books, computers and other school materials for the communities of Nicaragua. I am reaching out to you to ask for your help in sending these donations down to Nicaragua. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions and I so look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jeanette Kidd

    I am interested in supporting education for the impoverished children of Nicaragua.

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