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Thank you for visiting our Website and for your interest in our products. All proceeds of the sales will help educational non-profit organizations in Haiti and Nicaragua. Our team consists of three high school students who would like to make a difference in the world. In the United States, we are very lucky to have an opportunity of college-level education. According to a new study from Harvard, only 6.7% of the world's population have a college degree, and the United States is one of the countries that has the most people receiving college education. Nine out of ten people in the world do not have a chance for a college education. Most of them either cannot afford college, or they do not have a college to go to. Education is considered luxury in the eyes of people struggling with hunger, and we have seen that with our own eyes from our international volunteer trips. Two of us travelled to Nicaragua through a non-profit organization called NICA (Nicaragua Initiative for Community Advancement), and one of us went to Haiti with a non-profit organization known as Volunteers for Peace.

One group volunteered in a small town called El Tránsito, located in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in all of Central and South America. Many people are living in poverty. While in El Transito, we worked with NICA organization in the English teaching program. The purpose is to help people in El Tránsito to become more self-sufficient and improve the quality of education in the community. Many school buildings in Nicaragua are rundown, and most of the families do not have enough money to buy school supplies and uniforms for their children. The women in El Tránsito also want to make a difference. Some of them joined the NICA education program to learn English so they could encourage their children to learn and gain additional knowledge. They all want to break the continuous cycle that prevents the young generation from furthering their lives.

You have probably seen the pictures of devastations in Haiti after 2010 earthquake, but you would not believe what we saw at Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2012. There is trash everywhere, and many people live  in the trash. Haiti's trash collection system is so broken that garbage blocks the roads, clogs the city's drainage system, and pollutes the natural rivers. The world's perception of Haiti was forever implanted after a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. The disaster badly hurt the already poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Over half of its population lives on less than 1 USD per day. While we were there at LaVallee - a beautiful mountain village - our volunteer group helped plant coffee trees in the community garden, and we learned that the U.S. Farm Bill have put Haitian farmers out of business. The United States government was trying to assist the Haitian but inadvertently destroyed Haiti's agricultural and economic system when it pressured Haiti to reduce its tariffs on imported rice and other crops. The tariff was lowered from a whopping 35% to 3%.  American rice is now fifty percent cheaper than locally grown Haitian rice. Thus, 60-70% of the food consumed is imported, leaving 70% farming population with no money and no incentive to grow crops. How can the Haitian’s economy grow and how will the people progress? Haiti’s problem is very complex, but we know of one solution - education. The more education the society has, the higher the chance of progression, and the higher the possibility of fixing the precarious condition in Haiti. 

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."  We believe EDUCATION is the foundation to sustainable development and improvement of the lives of young people. Rucchini.com will help to do just that by donating 100% of the proceeds of our product sales to Haiti and Nicaragua non-profit organizations that focus on education efforts. We are committed to helping the lives of our fellow human beings.