MayaIndia Goes To Nicaragua

Hey MayaIndia Sweeties! Early this morning, we dropped Sade Maya, of MayaIndia fame, off at the airport as she embarks on an exciting mission trip with her school. She and several of her classmates were selected to take this trip and will be gone for 8 days. I often refer to her as my "Second Princess" so it will be interesting to see how she fares in the heat of Central America doing lots of manual labor. Part of their responsibilities will include digging trenches to lay pipes for new plumbing and mixing cement for flooring in the homes. I can't wait to hear about all of the exciting things she has learned. IMG_2387     The students were also asked to gather donations that they would take with them to share with the people. Some of the items requested included suitcases, school supplies, clothing, bath linen and toiletries.  Then there was a "packing party" -which looked like pandemonium when I entered the room. Items were organized by category on individual tables and each student was responsible for packing two suitcases that they would bring with them to the airport. People were hustling back and forth between tables as they tried to keep each suitcase under 50 pounds. I was absolutely astonished that they managed to pack 40 suitcases in a half hour! The beauty of teamwork in action! IMG_2521   Well of course, we just had to share some MayaIndia handmade goodness with the lovely people of Nicaragua, right? So we sent a variety of our soaps and lip balms. Then we got to thinking, we know so many amazing creators of handmade products, why not ask them if they would like to donate to this worthy cause as well?  Needless to say, several of them said YES! Special thanks to Alegna SoapsBa6 Botanicals, Scrubz, PumpleDaisy Soap Factory and Sea Blossom Soaps for their generous donations.  These lovely ladies are members of IBN and answered my call for help without hesitation. I know the Nicaraguan recipients of these special items will be able to feel the love that went into each creation as soon as they use them. IMG_2517   Well, as I am writing this, she has already made her connection in Miami and is en route to Managua, Nicaragua. It's so exciting (and scary) to watch your children taking risks and trying new things as they develop their independence. I love her fearlessness and willingness to help others and I can't wait for her to come home! I promise to follow up with some pictures and information about her journey to Nicaragua- with MayaIndia and friends in tow! Until next time, Stay sweet
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