“People to people. Pueblo a pueblo. New Jersey to Nicaragua.”
For nearly a quarter of a century PeaceWorks has built a community of solidarity between the people of New Jersey and Nicaragua. When it comes down to it, the work of people to people plays out in countless hours of meetings, endless emails and the constant application of organizing muscle that keeps us all connected. So, when PeaceWorks board member Marilyn Devroye was recognized with the Summit Medical Group Foundation’s “Above and Beyond” Award we were elated!
By day, Marilyn is a medical assistant with the Summit Medical Group. By night (and a lot of weekends), Marilyn is in constant contact with our partners in Nicaragua – developing project proposals, getting updates and keeping the PeaceWorks board up to date. She’s an amazing fundraiser and powerful voice for PeaceWorks at the Christ Church in Summit. She packs our humanitarian aid shipments and helps at our dinner forums. What a perfect award…above and beyond!
Marilyn immediately passed on her $5000 “Above and Beyond” award money to PeaceWorks to fund our campaign to buy the Inhijambia Program for Street Kids a new vehicle. Her contribution sealed the deal: within four weeks of launching the campaign to get the new vehicle, Marilyn helped PeaceWorks raise the entire $25,000. By July, Inhijambia’s street educators in Manauga will have greater mobility to deliver critical services and programs for children living and working in deplorable conditions in the city’s markets and bus terminals.
We are blessed to have Marilyn on our Board. We are very grateful for the recognition that the Summit Medical Group has bestowed upon our dear friend and colleague. Please share the video about Marilyn and her work with PeaceWorks building peace and justice in Central America.