A Call for Help: Tropical Storm Nate Relief
As Tropical Storm Nate made it’s appearance in San Juan del Sur on October 5, 2017 the rural community of Tortuga was not prepared for what was to come.
A nearby river – one that has never been a concern or danger – began to rise. And at approximately 3 am 61 families were forced to flee their homes.
All but one managed to escape.
Tragically a young woman was swept away in the rushing waters leaving behind her husband and her 7 year old son.
Tortuga is just one of many communities near us that has been devastated by Tropical Storm Nate.
Currently thousands are without access to clean drinking water. Countless have been left with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Many areas are still without power.
With so many in need – the task to provide necessities and eventually rebuild – is overwhelming. We know we can’t help everyone. For now we will focus our relief efforts on the tiny – nearly forgotten – village of Tortuga.
OUR FIRST RELIEF MISSION
On Sunday – with an assembly of others – we took part in our first relief mission.
An hour’s drive South of San Juan del Sur and a 1 kilometer walk – crossing the river several times – took us to our drop off point in the community of Tortuga.
Our group distributed drinking water, food, clothing, baby supplies and medicines.
What we saw as we walked through the village was heartbreaking.
Community wells are contaminated and need to be restored. Personal effects have been lost and need to be replaced. Homes have been destroyed and need to be rebuilt.
WE HOPE YOU CAN HELP!
It’s going to take some time and resources to rebuild this community. We can’t do it on our own and hope you can help!
Any donation – whether it’s a little or a lot – will make a difference.
100% of the funds donated will be used to buy the following:
- Additional food & baby supplies
- Water filters
- Foam mattresses & sleeping cots
- Household items
- Home building supplies
We will also use some of the funds to cover costs associated with well cleaning and restoration.
On behalf of the effected families of Tortuga thank you in advance for your support. We sincerely appreciate your help with rebuilding this community!