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Roswell companies feeding Honduran schoolkids
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
March 20, 2013 10:30 AM | 2034 views | 9 9 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Forty-two children in a small Honduran village didn’t have to worry about a meal or water to drink while they were in school last year, thanks to the efforts of a Roswell business.

In the rural area of that Central American country, children often drop out of school to earn whatever money they can to buy food, said Theo Keyserling, managing director of Meridian Group Partners.

On learning that disturbing fact, she and her partner Marcus Yates pledged 10 percent of their company’s 2012 profits for school lunches in an elementary school outside of Nacaome, around an hour and a half from the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

“We provided lunches for the entire school so the children didn’t have to choose between feeding their minds and feeding themselves,” Keyserling said.

It was a speaker at Roswell Rotary from the Honduran nonprofit Lunches for Learning that inspired Keyserling. She and Yates started their own boutique recruiting company in Roswell three years ago after leaving a large international recruiting firm whose new owners curtailed the company’s community involvement.

“I didn’t realize until then just how much service really meant to me as part of my career until it was taken away,” Keyserling said.

While Meridian has been participating in local campaigns and projects, the partners had been looking for an international project for some time when Keyserling heard about the Lunches for Learning initiative.

After making the year-long commitment to fund lunches, Meridian sent some of its associates on a trip to Honduras with Rotarians who were going there to work with students at several different schools.

Those associates pitched in with physical labor at the Nacaome school.

A donor had supplied the necessary equipment to build a new water system for clean drinking water at the school, Keyserling said, “but they needed boots on the ground to get it built.”

One pair of those boots belonged to Chris Archer, a Rotarian who was instrumental with the installation process of potable water systems.

After seeing the impact Lunches for Learning had in the students’ lives, Archer brought his company, Talk of the Town Catering in Roswell, on board with Meridian as a lunch sponsor for the 2013 school year.
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Roswell citizen
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March 25, 2013
What a great effort for a beautiful cause! It's fantastic to see the local companies, Rotarians, and even the associates all banding together to do good work, in this case on an international level. L4L and its supporters should feel really good about the impact they are having on our world's children. Keep up the good work!
Grandma in Marietta
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March 21, 2013
Having a full tummy and good water is essential to learning. God bless Meridian Group for helping these sweet children.
rhh1787
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March 21, 2013
It is so refreshing to see a business give back to their community. Great job Meridian Group!
Kris Flood
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March 21, 2013
Lunches For Learning is such a great cause. I applaud Meridian Group Partners and Talk of The Town Catering for making a difference in so many children's lives. We need to hear more stories like this in the news today.
Pat Rains
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March 21, 2013
Its great to see a local company giving back not only locally in the community but also internationally. Thank you to Meridian Group and Talk of the Town for your commitment to giving back in Roswell and all over the world.
Jennifer in Roswell
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March 21, 2013
Great to see a local company like Meridian Group take action and make a difference for those in need!
Splash Blackwell
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March 21, 2013
I love, love, LOVE Talk of the Town !! Great to see them involved with Meridian group and the Lunches for Learning program - a perfect match-up!
hfkmd
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March 21, 2013
Another great example of how communities near and far benefit from the efforts of Roswell Rotary! Strong work!
Chris R.
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March 21, 2013
This is great to see local companies paying attention.
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