Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

SAA Spanish Honor Society Students Making a Difference this Holiday Season

Published on: 12/20/2019

Students of the Savannah Arts Academy Spanish Honor Society made a difference for the less fortunate in Nicaragua and Guatemala this holiday season.  As part of their community service hours, the students sold “pulseras” – colorful bracelets woven by artisans in those countries.  The students sold enough bracelets to raise nearly $1400 in just a few weeks’ time.

The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that began in 2009 when a group of friends traveling in Central America discovered a community of artists in the foothills of Nicaragua that were masters at weaving colorful bracelets called “pulseras” in Spanish.  The artisans had little market to sell their artwork, so the friends bought some and returned to the U.S. to sell them. 

​In the last decade, the program has expanded to the point that students and teachers in hundreds of school communities in all fifty states have sold the pulseras to raise money for artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala as well.  Students empower nearly 200 artists through the sales, creating sustainable fair-trade jobs in countries where few such opportunities exist.  The funds raised also go to education and health projects in the Central American indigenous communities.

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