Miracles in Action to host presentation about global poverty

— Naples-based nonprofit Miracles in Action, helping poor families to help themselves, is hosting a presentation about global poverty at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at the Norris Center, in Cambier Park.

Speaking will be former U.S. Foreign Service diplomat, Sue Patterson, founder of the Wings outreach program in Antigua, Guatemala. Afterwards, audience members may participate in an interactive exercise of carrying a weighted backpack, representing a baby, and a 30-pond water jug on their head, to experience first-hand what mothers do every day in communities without running water. Handmade Guatemalan jewelry and handicrafts will be for sale. 100 percent of donated funds go directly to the project.

Penny Rambacher, R.D. founder and president of Miracles in Action, says the group has now completed the construction of 22 rural primary schools and 16 water systems in Guatemala and established 17 vocational workshops and libraries, primarily funded by individual Naples residents. The Naples Council on World Affairs, with more than 1,200 members in Naples and Marco Island, has just pledged to fund the building of school number 23, in rural Guatemala.

For more information call 348-0815 or visit www.MiraclesInAction.org.

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