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Binghamton University’s Latin American Student Union sells bricks to benefit charity

Proceeds will go to The DREAM Project to finance education in the Dominican Republic

The Latin American Student Union (LASU) is selling bricks to benefit their main philanthropy, The DREAM Project.

The DREAM Project is an organization that works to provide education opportunities for children and young adults in impoverished and underdeveloped areas in the Dominican Republic. Bricks will be sold until May 2 and cost $10 each.

According to Israel Silva, a fundraiser for LASU and a sophomore double-majoring in human development and sociology, they chose The DREAM Project because it has a direct impact on Latin American communities.

“The lack of educational attainment in Latin America is a serious issue,” Silva wrote in an email. “LASU is proud to be able to bring awareness to this by adopting The DREAM Project as its philanthropy.”

At the end of the fundraiser, LASU will gather the purchased bricks and take a photo of them to represent all the organizations and students that supported The DREAM Project. Each organization will then be given its brick, and the photo will be sent to The DREAM Project along with the donation.

“The bricks will then be returned to the people who purchased them where they can use it for tabling purposes, and to serve as a reminder, of their support to LASU, and The DREAM Project,” Silva wrote.

Karen Coronel, president of Omega Phi Beta sorority and a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law, said her sorority has purchased a brick from LASU and supports the group’s work.

“I know the love students at BU have for LASU,” Coronel wrote in an email, “and I think by educating our community more on these inequalities faced by people, OUR people, puts things in a more humbling perspective.”

According to Silva, LASU’s goal for this semester is to raise $500, but they hope to exceed this benchmark.

Any student organization or group of people can purchase a brick from LASU.

“The DREAM Project is an organization that truly values education,” Silva wrote. “It has had a major impact in neighborhoods that lack the resources needed for higher education in the Dominican Republic.”

LASU holds a philanthropic event every year. Last year, they worked with Charity: Water, an organization that works to provide safe drinking water in developing nations.

Coronel said she wanted students to recognize the importance of this charity, and the work that LASU is doing to support it.

“I hope as many people help purchase a brick as possible,” Coronel wrote. “It can make a huge impact on the lives of students.”