We hope to have small events throughout the city not only raising money but introducing our message to South Floridians. We think the strength of the Latin American community will shine and support our efforts to educate the children in Latin America.
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Miami, FL (Vocus) July 21, 2010
Today, a large number of young adults leave their respective orphanages at the age of 18 with no where to turn for money and survival. Overtime they are introduced to drugs, crime and prostitution. A reality that Orphaned Starfish is trying to prevent. Established in 2001, Orphaned Starfish is a non for profit organization which raises money to provide computer vocational training centers in orphanages throughout Latin America. Currently they have established 18 centers within Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama.
Andy Stein, the Founder and CEO of Orphaned Starfish, has taken his compassion for orphaned children and turned it into a way of educating them so that they have the opportunity to have a future outside of the orphanage. Through his busy business schedules in Central and South America, Andy, made it a point to visit local orphanages to offer entertainment as a magician. His excitement to see the children every time he traveled turned from a hobby to a question of, “how can I give them more?” Andy has dedicated the last 9 years of his life doing just that, giving more. Orphaned Starfish hosts fundraisers and private events to raise money for their cause. Most of these events and fundraisers have taken place within the countries of the orphanages and within New York. In 2010, Orphaned Starfish is making new strides by reaching out into new communities to raise money for their cause. The first of these communities is South Florida.
Orphaned Starfish held their first event in Miami this January with Modern Luxury’s MIAMI magazine. The event was successful in raising funds which were then immediately released to the children of Haiti and orphanages in need after the disastrous earthquake. Andy Stein has decided to commit to more events in Miami to raise money for his computer vocational training centers. “We hope to have small events throughout the city not only raising money but introducing our message to South Floridians. We think the strength of the Latin American community will shine and support our efforts to educate the children in Latin America,” states Stein.
To learn more about how you can contribute to this cause please visit them online at http://www.orphanedstarfish.org . Follow Orphaned Starfish on Twitter @OStarfish or add them to Facebook.
Jessica Levy Kiibler
Orphaned Starfish Foundation