Teens who want to make a difference in the world

The Rotary Interact group of teens in Saugeen Shores is trying to make a difference in the world.

On Sunday, June 9th, the group held a fundraising BBQ and silent auction at Northshore Park in Port Elgin to raise funds for sustainable housing in Nicaragua.

            (L) Collin Hokea-Little, Zoe Shave, Mackenzie MacQueen, Mya Craig, Amber Gallie, Maddy Craig,                                                       Police Sgt. Andy Evans and Gracie Meyers of New York

In the area where housing currently exists, the land is often eroded by incoming ocean tides and, therefore, the group is trying to develop a housing project one kilometre from the sea.

“Property in Nicaragua is primarily owned by men.  Therefore, if there is a family breakdown, the wife and children must vacate the home,” says Jack Evans.  “With the new development however, the homes will be in the names of the women and, therefore, they will be the property owners.”

According to Evans, the potential new owners also have to provide ‘sweat equity’ and take part in the construction.

Several of the Interact teens will be leaving for Nicaragua in late August to help get a home in the project started and thanks to those who attended the BBQ, more than $2,000 was raised to help out.

To learn more about the organization and their work, visit: https://www.facebook.com/SaugeenShoresInteractClub/