A Fort Lewis College business alumnus was featured with the nonprofit Hug It Forward in the September issue of O: The Oprah Magazine for its work in Guatemala building schools.
Josh Talmon isnt building schools in the traditional manner with wood and nails, though. Through the nonprofit formed by two friends, Talmon is building bottle schools out of plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. The nonprofit was formed in 2009 and has built 20 schools throughout Guatemala and one in El Salvador, according to an FLC news release.
Talmon graduated from FLC with a bachelors in business administration in 2004 and went on to establish his own real estate business in San Diego. But he shut it down in 2010 to join Hug It Forward full-time as its secretary and treasurer.
I had all these investment properties and a nice car and a five-year plan, but I was left unfulfilled, Talmon said in the release. I kept thinking, Is this what my life is going to be about? Making money, doing deals? I had no passion for that.