Youth Uplift Challenge: Meet Yasmir

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Posted by Abigail Finck on
Wed, 03/22/2017

The Youth Uplift Challenge is supporting Save the Children's youth opportunity programs in Nicaragua and Indonesia. We're excited to bring you to these countries to meet a few inspiring students finding success! In this blog post, Abby of Global Nomads Group shares some behind the scenes insight into Nicaraguan student Yasmir's daily life.

Over 2,600 ft. above sea level, tucked into the mountains of Nicaragua, surrounded by coffee plantations, we were welcomed into the comfortable home & loving Rivera family. In the kitchen we were greeted by Lucia, Yasmir’s mother, and a burning wood stove for cooking. Looking around, it was hard to miss artwork (done by Yasmir and his eldest brother) hanging on the walls.

Besides the obvious generosity of hosting us in their home, we also had the opportunity to learn about Yasmir’s family and life. One of the most notable things was how the family worked together to harvest coffee as their livelihood. It was amazing to see the red berries that hold the coffee beans (I am so accustomed to seeing roasted and ready for brewing), the way Yasmir and his siblings picked them, and all the other steps that goes into the process.

Yasmir’s desire to learn and progress in his studies and in his work was really remarkable. Through Save the Children’s programming Yasmir has been able to deepen his education and become empowered by what he is learning. He currently increasing his ability to manage his family’s coffee business through his involvement with Save.

As a result of the Youth Uplift Challenge in, people like you and the Bezos Family Foundation in partnership with Save the Children are making it possible for young people in Nicaragua and Indonesia to have more opportunities to gain personal and technical skills, as well as resources to stabilize and increase their income so they can be more resilient.

Take a deeper look into Yasmir’s world!


For every hand you make and send in from now until May 8, 2017, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1.90—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s programs empowering youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves. Take the Youth Uplift Challenge now!