Alisha Mecier can’t wait to hear the sounds of laughing children. She can’t wait to watch them play soccer and learn about teamwork and sportsmanship. She can’t wait to tell everyone who has helped Faithful Stewards over the years that the people of Nicaragua are forever grateful for the donations.
And so is she.
“We want to extend our gratitude to the community for their support,” said Alisha, who started Faithful Stewards with her husband Brandon Mecier in 2006.
The community has a chance to add to that support at Faithful Stewards’ fifth annual Wine & Dessert Silent Auction fundraiser from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills.
Admission is $20 per person and guests have a chance to bid on some great auction items, including VIP tickets to a Madonna concert and vacation getaways. If people can’t come to the event they can make a donation online at faithfulstewards.net.
One-hundred percent of the money raised goes to Faithful Stewards’ global outreach programs benefiting the community of Nueva Vida, Nicaragua. The next trip is coming up on March 31.
Over the years Faithful Stewards has helped the refugee community create micro-enterprises — a bakery, family farms, jewelry shop — and build a classroom to teach English. “The next thing we’re going to help build is a community café,” Alisha said.
Last year Faithful Stewards also partnered with Bluenose Soccer and they hosted a soccer camp for 250 children. This year they plan to do the same. For $25, a donor can send a child to soccer camp, “giving those kids opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have,” Alisha noted. “The kids loved the event. It was so much fun for them.”