2013 Piñata Story
Hula Networks is pleased to announce this 2013 year’s efforts and contributions to the Hula Networks, family, and friends Piñata. We raised a combined $3,048. Special thanks go to the Cuadra and Haffner families for their continued support and efforts to make this what it is today.
Ever since I was a little girl, Nicaragua has acted as a second home to me. I have been traveling there my entire life, and it has taught me to appreciate what I have and take nothing for granted. It will forever be a huge part of me and is a place I go to find true happiness and beauty in life.
My uncle and my grandmother joined their ideas and started a small non-profit organization called "Piñata", which means "party" in Spanish. Their organization focuses on helping the families of Nicaragua, with an emphasis on children and seniors. My family has always had a place in our hearts for the hundreds of thousands of suffering families in this third world country. The idea was to hold an event with a piñata, music, meals, and goody bags. The children’s goodie bags consisted of cookies, candies and toys depending on their age. The girls would receive either a purse, princess set or Barbie and the boys would either get a truck, wiffle ball set or a soccer ball. The elderly would receive care packages filled with a bar of soap, a towel, a drinking cup, utensils, candies and cookies.
My goals of the trip to Nicaragua were to brighten little kids days by giving them gifts in the spirit of the holiday and helping families and elders to gain basic living necessities. After giving these gifts, all the worked paid off, because I saw their smiling faces and the joy in their eyes. Normally a trip would mean going to our beach houses, visiting family, going hiking and exploring Nicaragua. This different kind of trip really broadened my view of the country, allowing me to notice the immense contrast between the poor and wealthy. Seeing these people and their living conditions really got me motivated to work hard and do my part to help.
On my volunteer service trip, I noticed the lack of aid organizations and charitable support. I found this astonishing due to the fact that it is the second poorest country in South America.
Daily items we take for granted, can be considered a luxury there. Basic food and just simple necessities are greatly appreciated to less fortunate people.
This inspired me to go the extra mile and start my own non-profit organization, which is currently in the process of being created. With my non-profit, I hope to truly aid people and better their lives. Everyone deserves and chance in life, sometimes they just need a little help. I am motivated to be that "help".
Being able to venture out beyond the borders of every day life is an irreplaceable experience. The opportunities and resources I have in Palo Alto are a blessing, and I am eternally grateful. As I continue to share my experience, I hope that it will motivate my peers to get involved and make a difference in our world in whatever way they can.
- Tatiana Alyssa Loops
We utilized this year’s donations for the following:
|Food||Necessities||Piñata Toys, Supplies|
|100 bags of rice
100 bags of sugar
100 bags of cooking oil
100 bags of beans
100 bags of coffee
100 plastic bags.
30 bags hot dog buns
12 package hot dogs
10 cases of juice
Candies for goody bags
Mayo, ketchup, mustard
|60 tooth brushes
60 tooth paste
60 wash cloth
7 1/2 dozen men's underwear
7 dozen women's underwear
50 back packs
Click this link to make a donation to the January 2014 Piñata event.