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Pulseras: Pinewood’s Heartbeat

MAYA CHANDRA
STAFF WRITER

Hundreds of colorful bracelets. Hand-woven, intricately detailed, and adorned with different patterns and shapes. Each has a small tag with the maker’s name and picture on it. These are the pulseras, and this is the Pulsera Project.
The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that gives Nicaraguan artists a chance to sell their handmade products to students all over the United States.
The project buys pulseras from almost 200 artists and sends them to schools like Pinewood, so students have the opportunity to purchase pulseras, and through this, they learn about Nicaraguan culture, as well as the poverty that is prevalent all over Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. According to borgenproject.org, “46.2 percent of the Nicaraguan population lives below the poverty line.”
There are few opportunities for families in rural areas to find employment, which forces them to look for work in neighboring countries.
Organizations like the Pulsera Project allow people to remain in their home countries, as well as be able to support their families.
The Spanish department sold pulseras for $5 each, as well as hand-woven bags for $10 each, at lunchtime in the Cue Quad from Oct. 11 to 14.
This is Pinewood’s third year selling pulseras. This year, the Interact Club used all of the money from Jar Wars to buy pulseras for every student and faculty member at Pinewood’s Middle campus.
This allowed students and teachers to enjoy the bracelets, and learn about the project at Middle campus as well.
Members of the Interact Club went to Middle campus on Oct. 20 during lunch to hand out pulseras to all the students and faculty on campus.
The goal of this interaction was to build a bond between Upper and Middle campus students, and to give younger students role models to look up to.
“It was amazing to see how sincere all of their gratitude was, and how much they look up to us at Upper campus,” said senior and Interact club president Helena Merk.
The goal was to sell $2500 worth of pulseras and bags. Students loved the colors, the hand-woven quality, and some even bought bags that matched their pulseras.
The Pulsera Project focuses mainly on education for students in the United States and empowerment for their artists.
It is trying to break the cycle of poverty that has existed in Central America for many years.
To do this, the Pulsera Project empowers their artists. Instead of just giving the artists money, it gives artists the skills, education, and opportunities they need to succeed and make better lives for themselves. It also raises awareness about the plight of these artists.
It is incredibly hard for Nicaraguans to improve their status of living. Students are also taught about the bright and friendly culture of the Nicaraguan people.
Many students at Pinewood enjoy buying the beautiful pulseras and learning about the incredible people who made them. The Interact Club also made the sale a memorable event.
“What I like about the project is that one of its missions is to provide a sustainable route to ending poverty in Nicaragua. The Pulsera Project isn’t just about giving a hand out, but a hand up,” junior high and high school Spanish teacher Olivia Bradley said.

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