Help Colombian Kids Compete in US

Please help our 2 championship Robotics teams from Medellin, Colombia -- one all girls -- come to America this May to participate in the worldwide RoboRAVE competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These kids from communities with few opportunities competed against some of the best public and private schools in the region for the honor to represent Colombia.

One of our teams, the Little Engineers is all girls, 12-13 years old, with a female coach. What a statement of female empowerment! Our team Digiminds has 3 boys and 1 girl, ages 10 and 11. This trip has been three full years of effort and discipline that has fostered creativity, complex thinking, teamwork and problem solving. Through our robotics clubs these kids have learned how to do everything from coding to making a light sensor to building their robots. They also learn teamwork and respect.

For kids who have rarely been down the mountains surrounding Medellin, this is their chance to shine in worldwide competition. Even if they don't win this will be a formative experience they will never forget!

The Marina Orth Foundation was founded in 2005 by Maureen Orth, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, which now serves nearly 8,000 kids in 21 schools around Medellin, with leading-edge programs in technology, STEM, leadership, English and teacher training. We start coding in the 3rd grade and sponsor robotics teams. The dream has always been to educate our students for the 21st century.

$25 pays for two meals per day for one child
$35 pays for one team member in double room for four in Albuquerque
$55 pays for one team member to have a trampoline picnic there
$160 pays for one visa to enter the United States
$235 pays for one round trip ticket from Los Angeles to Albuquerque

Donations over $150 will receive an autographed photo of our teams, an invitation to visit our work in Medellin and the first 25 donors will receive samples of delicious Colombian coffee.

Donations over $235 you can tour one of our schools and see our work first hand. You must get there on your own.  The first 10 donations of $235 will receive a colorful handmade Colombian "mochila" (shown below) and the next 25 will receive samples of Colombian coffee.

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Donations (0)

  • John & Karen Mitchell 
    • $250 
    • 15 mos
  • Catherine VERRET VIMONT 
    • $20 
    • 16 mos
  • Gladys Sanmiguel 
    • $100 
    • 16 mos
  • Jonathan And Courtney Edwards 
    • $200 
    • 16 mos
  • Maria & Fernando Montes-Negret 
    • $40 
    • 16 mos

Organizer 

Maureen Orth 
Organizer
Washington, DC
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