Eric Hill and Orta Dare Denim Meet Children of the Nicaraguan Dry Season

Seeing the faces of the children you've helped makes you really understand
Feb 18, 2014 10:25 AM ET

ORTA Blu: Beyond Denim

Our Global Adventurer Erıc Hill visits Nicaragua to see the good works of the Nicaragua Children's Foundation. Excerpts from his blog:

"The goal today was to visit two villages near San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua where the Nicaragua Children’s Foundation (NCF) has supported education. After the Donovans, a Canadian family of five, visited San Juan Del Sur on vacation, they saw a need there for aid to the elementary schools and decided to begin a foundation. Since 2006, the foundation has been providing much needed support with very little overhead...

...It started with about four or five kids walking with us to the schoolhouse, but by the time we reached it almost all of the little students had come to meet us and show us their school. Adorable. It’s when you get to see the faces of the children being helped that you really understand the reason for the efforts being made...

... NCF helps alleviate was the lack of enough supplies and uniforms for all the children. I interrupted to ask some questions that have been on my mind in all the developing countries I’ve been visiting: “Why are uniforms so important? Wouldn’t it be cheaper just to wear the same set of normal clothes every day?” I asked. His answer made a lot of sense and I believe it applies for the rest of the places I’ve visited. He told me that since there are differing levels of wealth even in these small villages, it is important to give the children a level playing field (by appearances at least). The small extra cost for uniforms was worth it instead of rags on some, riches on another. My sponsor Orta has done work like this, providing denim uniforms to students in need with their “School Uniforms Project” Social Mission. I couldn’t help but think with such extremes between the wet and dry season that Dare Denim uniforms would be perfect for this environment.

Check out Eric's full blog of The Global Odyssey Children of the Nicaraguan Dry Season

Eric Hill's Global Odyssey with Dare Denim:

Our friend Eric Hill’s Global Odyssey is a mission: “To visit all 194 U.N. recognized countries in world record time and film and document the exciting journey to show that awesome exists in EVERY country, especially with the people.” Eric’s journey will be one of full cultural immersion, while simultaneously raising funds and awareness in partnership with a variety of charity organizations.

To support him in his journey around the world Orta offers Dare Denim, a durable new fabric that features environmentally friendly processes and high-tech fibers, tough durability, thermo-regulation, abrasion resistance, water repellent finishes and anti-bacterial properties.

What could be a more perfect pairing? A global socially conscious adventurer wearing sustainably produced all terrain fabric, sponsored by Orta Blu. Eric will experience harsh climate extremes in both urban and natural environments, and Dare Denim covers him all fronts: hot, cold, wet, dirty and, not to mention, the perfect balance of comfort, style and endurance. Follow the Global Odyssey  on