Thank you to those that attended our annual fundraising event, Climate, Food & Migration. We so appreciate those who joined us for an evening of food, drinks and a discussion about the intersection of these major issues, their impact and our work in Central America.
We hope that people were able to learn more about our organization, what we do and how we are actively engaged in addressing the needs of rural poor communities in Central America. ViviendasLeón is a human-centered development organization that develops capacities in individuals and communities to establish sustainability and develop capacities in students, adults, and partners to engender global citizenship.
We want to give a special thank you to our guest speaker, Tyche Hendricks of KQED, for sharing with us her personal and professional connection to migration and role it plays as Latin America works to develop systems to address issues of poverty, justice, and prosperity.
At last, we are very close to raising $16,000 from the event, and your contribution will help us to reach this goal. Please help us to continue the important work we are doing by donating today!
The third annual ViviendasLeón fundraising event is on Sunday, October 27, 5-7 pm in a private home in Sausalito. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Tyche Hendricks, editor for the California Report at KQED, who will talk on the evening's theme: Climate, Food & Migration. We will also be honoring Will Robbins, a board member and frequent traveler to Nicaragua, for his long-term dedication to ViviendasLeon.
For those who attended last year, you will recall the delicious food, inspiring speaker Daisy Zamora, and the opportunity to support this wonderful organization. For those who may join us for the first time, you are in for a treat! ViviendasLeón works to eliminate rural poverty and inspire youth to become globally connected through educational travel.
Supporting ViviendasLeón and its programs has never been more vital. For more than a year we have watched as thousands have come to our southern border, seeking opportunities as their own countries neglect them. We have come to understand that they are escaping conditions in their home communities that no one should be forced to live under: fear of violence, chronic unemployment and lack of food, now exacerbated by crop failures due to climate change in communities where subsistence farming has existed for hundreds of years.
ViviendasLeón works with rural families that are learning how to be self-sufficient and earn a living by working on their own land. The success of these families is amazing – many of them started with nothing and, through engagement with ViviendasLeón, are now earning a living wage from farming, their kids are in school and the whole family has a better daily diet.
Indeed, ViviendasLeón has worked for more than 15 years to create the kind of programs that address the many challenges rural families face in the developing world. We understand at a deep level the emotional and technical difficulties rural families face when trying to improve their lives, and the many missing links in the chain of successful and permanent development.
Tyche Hendricks is the editor of KQED’s immigration desk, where she leads a team of enterprise and investigative reporters. She was formerly KQED’s criminal justice editor and politics and government editor, and ran the station’s election coverage, but immigration has been her particular passion for many years.
Tyche spent more than a dozen years in newspapers, primarily at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered immigration and demographics. She reported extensively on the U.S.-Mexico border and wrote a book called, The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, which was published by the University of California Press in 2010. She has taught at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and ran a fellowship on immigration reporting there from 2010 to 2015.
Hendricks’ work has won awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc., the Radio and Television News Directors’ Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists among others. Earlier this year she received a fellowship from the International Women’s Media Foundation to do reporting in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana.