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UPDATE: Tropical Storm Nate Relief Mission

Tropical Storm Nate Relief Mission

~ Our neighbors and cuidador (security guard) help put together personal hygiene packages for the people in the communities of La Leona & Tortuga

Thanks to volunteers and generous donors the community of Tortuga is well on it’s way to being back on track!

Just nine days after Tropical Storm Nate ravaged this community everyone had a bed to sleep in and a pillow to lay their head on.


The community now has clean drinking water. The water pipeline system has been upgraded. And electricity has been restored.

The government repaired the road and it is now passable by bicycle, motorcycle and 4×4. They also provided each family with a two-burner cook top stove.

In addition to beds, pillows, sheets, flashlights and food we’ve also given each family in the community a personal hygiene pack. Those with babies were given a supply of diapers, baby food and milk. Each family also received a frozen chicken.

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* Photos in the slideshow provided by Jeff Rhude and In Nica Now.


The people of Tortuga are no longer in crisis mode, but together we still have a great deal to do.

Next we will deliver business starter kits to the women’s cooperatives. With these they can make bread and cheese to sell in the community. We also have one individual who needs help reopening her pulperia (grocery store).

With the donation money we have left – and any extra funds received – we plan to buy building materials.

Hopefully, before long, life in Tortuga will be back to normal!


Truthfully, we could not do this without you. We, and the community of Tortuga, sincerely thank you for your support. From the bottom of our hearts, “Muchísima gracias!”

~ PHOTO BY: Kathleen Brugger | Time Capsule Video

A Call for Help: Tropical Storm Nate Relief

A Call for Help: Tropical Storm Nate Relief Mission

~ Tropical Storm Nate Relief Mission in the community of Tortuga 1 hour South of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.

A Call for Help: Tropical Storm Nate Relief Mission

~ $93 USD covered the cost of a new bed and foam mattress for 7 year old Gredy whose Mom was swept away in the river. 

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.


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.


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!


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