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A note from Sophia:


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Dear Friends and Family,

My name is Sophia Xiques. You may know me as the daughter of Chris Xiques and Kate Rix. I am a sixteen-year-old junior attending Oakland Tech. This year I am participating in an organization called Amigos de las Américas (“AMIGOS”). AMIGOS is a private, non-profit, nonreligious organization that trains and sends youth leaders to Latin America to live with a host family and carry out a community-based project. I am writing to ask you to consider making a donation to AMIGOS. The AMIGOS mission is to empower youth leaders throughout the Americas by giving them the opportunity to participate in multicultural, meaningful, and selfdirected projects. I decided to participate in AMIGOS because I am up for the challenge of full immersion in a Latin American country, and I am interested in the amazing opportunity to use my Spanish this summer. If you would like to learn more about AMIGOS, you can visit the website: www.amigoslink.org.

As a participant in AMIGOS, I will be going to Latin America this summer for six to eight weeks. Wherever I go, I will live with a host family and collaborate with the community to carry out a project. My main purpose is to bring community youth and leaders together to start the community-chosen project that they can continue even after AMIGOS volunteers leave at the end of the summer. I will also lead two-hour summer camps each day for local youth. The most exciting part is that I will be fully immersed in the culture, language, and daily activities of my community.

AMIGOS’ work in Latin America would not be possible without the help of much-appreciated donors. Any and all contributions are welcome, and help pay for supplies, workshops, and materials across AMIGOS projects. To give you an idea of how contributions are used, here are some examples: $10 pays for paint for a mural or toothbrush supplies for 30 people, $45 buys a water storage tank to provide safe drinking water, and $250 provides seeds for family gardens in 20+ communities. Participants’ families pay a family fee to support training and travel. Because AMIGOS is open to participants throughout our community, financial aid is provided for those families, like mine, that may lack the resources for the entire family fee. Some of your donation could be used for this assistance as well.

If you would like to donate to AMIGOS, please click on the “Donate Now” button below or on our homepage (www.eastbayamigos.org) to access the online donation process. AMIGOS de las Americas is exempt from federal income tax as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions made by donors are tax-deductible.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter, and for considering my request to donate to AMIGOS.


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