A school-building trek to rural Nicaragua

May 1, 2014 │ New York

The trip was organized by the nonprofit buildOn, with which many Deutsche Bank employees in the US volunteer.

A team of Deutsche Bank employees led by Erich Mauff, Head of Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions for North America, traveled to a remote mountain village in Nicaragua in February 2014 to help community members build a school.

The trip was organized by the Deutsche Bank nonprofit partner buildOn, which builds schools in rural regions of developing countries around the world and offers after-school service programs for inner-city teens to give back to their communities.

In collaboration with Deutsche Bank, buildOn was able to bring its after-school programs to the Banana Kelly High School in the South Bronx, NY, an under-resourced school with a graduation rate of only 50%. For the past year, members of Deutsche Bank's Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions group have volunteered alongside Banana Kelly students to tend to a popular community park and help at a soup kitchen. The Deutsche volunteers also provided a trading floor tour for the students.

The school-building trek allowed Deutsche Bank employees to experience firsthand the life-changing capacity of literacy. Prior to their departure, the team members raised money from friends and family to cover their travel expenses and all the necessary funds for the school’s construction. Upon arrival in the village of Lana Central, they spent their days getting to know their host families, pitching in with daily chores, engaging in cultural education workshops and contributing to the school construction project. With no machines on hand, the group did everything from digging seven-foot holes to transporting cinder blocks manually.

Participants were moved by their host families’ hospitality and strong sense of community. The school that the group funded and helped construct will bring education and opportunity to hundreds of local children and adults.

For further information, please visit the buildOn website.

Deutsche Bank volunteers and residents of Lana Central, Nicaragua, at the school construction site enlarge

Deutsche Bank volunteers and residents of Lana Central, Nicaragua, at the school construction site

Deutsche Bank volunteers and residents of Lana Central, Nicaragua, at the school construction site


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