Fundraiser for Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation and La Isla Foundation Set for March 31

A fundraiser for the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation at Antioch University New England (AUNE) and the La Isla Foundation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the parish hall of the Keene Universal Unitarian Church, 69 Washington Street, Keene, New Hampshire. The event is open to the public.

Jason Glaser, founder and president of La Isla Foundation, will give a presentation, and films about agricultural workers in Nicaragua and tropical conservation will be shown.

The evening will include a silent auction of items donated by artisans and volunteers. There will also be:
• A laptop drive, where attendees may donate laptops, or cash to buy them, for computer classes for Nicaraguans in La Isla, Nicaragua.
• A sewing material drive to collect fabric, thread and needles, or money to buy them, for La Isla women textile workers.
• A drive to gather school supplies, or cash to buy them, for La Isla children of El Socorro School.

A light dinner will be served. Donations are suggested of $5 to $8 for students and $10 to $15 for nonstudents. All proceeds will support student scholarships for AUNE Environmental Studies students conducting ecological and social work in the tropics, and the La Isla Foundation to support Nicaraguan sugarcane workers and their families afflicted with chronic kidney disease.

CTEC is soliciting donations from AUNE students, faculty and staff for the silent auction. Items related to the tropics or gift certificates for things that talented AUNE community members do, such as massage, tutoring, guided hikes and music lessons, are especially welcome.

Silent auction donations will be accepted through Friday, March 30. To donate items or talents, contact Rachel Thiet at rthiet@antioch.edu or 603-283-2337, or drop by her office in the Environmental Studies department.

For more information, contact Rachel Thiet, 603-283-2337, or rtheit@antioch.edu. Or Tierney Rosenstock at trosenstock@antioch.edu.

The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation is an organization based in AUNE’s Environmental Studies Department. CTEC promotes the sustainable and just use of tropical ecosystems by training conservation leaders, conducting conservation research with partner organizations and serving as an educational resource for New England.

The La Isla Foundation is a nongovernment organization based in León, Nicaragua, that provides political and economic support to sugarcane workers and their families in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. In this region of Nicaragua and throughout the Pacific lowlands of Central America, sugarcane workers are afflicted with chronic and deadly renal disease, a result of working conditions in the sugarcane fields and factories. The name “La Isla” refers to “La Isla de Viudas”—The Isle of Widows—so named for the wives and children left behind when their fathers, uncles and brothers die of kidney disease as young as age 25.