Escamequita Emergency Food&Shelter
Tropical storm Nate. My neighbors just didn't see it coming. The rivers and ravines were beyond capacity and created a waterway of distruction.
They lost food, clothes, livestock, walls and more. My neighbors are incredibly resilient and capable but need funds to do it. It's still rainy season here so we need to get them dry and back on their feet quickly. I know you're not here but trust me when I say, that to hug cold, wet crying women is a life changing, emotional moment.
Several families lost everything in the recent storm. It's time to give something back to this beautiful country and big hearted people. Please help rebuild their houses and lives.
All monies donated will go directly to the purchase of items needed. We will donate transportation and manpower. Together we will get this community back on their feet and smiling againg.
Notes: This GoFund me account is in Cdn dollars. The cover photo is not from our community but represents well the situation. I will post photos and video shortly.
Owner Rancho Chilamate/neighbor
In the early hours of the morning on Thursday, October 5th with very little warning, Tropical Storm Nate hit our beloved Esqemaquita. We knew a storm was coming, but expected it to hit the East Coast of Nicaragua. Had the local community been warned, they would have moved to safe ground. They would have tied down their personal possessions and animals and prepared. Instead when the rivers rose in the middle of the night, entire homes were swept away. When displaced families started to arrive at Rancho Chilamate early Thursday morning we began to grasp the extent of the damage. One family woke up just in time to get themselves out of their house before their entire home was swept away. They watched as their dog was hit by a falling tree and disappeared into the river.
Rancho Chilamate became a makeshift shelter as families arrived to dry off and deal with the trauma of the previous night. We went out to assess the damage on Friday morning but the road was impassable due to fallen trees and overflowing riverbeds. This video shows what we finally saw when we were able to get out. In some cases the homes still stood but the water had taken the entire contents with it. In the video you can see one woman sitting by her front door. The frame remains but the walls are gone. Later in the video you see a large heavy cement sink that was dragged away by the waters.
Please consider making a small donation to this community. We know that there is endless need in the world today, but in this instance your entire donation will go directly to providing immediate support.
To access the funds, I have been instructed to post the following.. so please bear with me. Photos coming soon.
"Before we can get withdrawals started for your campaign, you'll need to post an update on your campaign that explains to your donors:
How you are related to your beneficiary: the families affected live within a 4 km radius
That you will be withdrawing the funds in your name: Yes, I will
How exactly you will be delivering the funds to your beneficiary: delivering funds in form of supplies needed. No cash given directly"
To avoid providing things that aren’t a priority, we conducted a survey by speaking with the families of Escamequita to discover what their immediate needs are. In response ,we will be purchasing mattresses, clothing, and basic food supplies, and we are currently searching for the most appropriate water purification system because their wells have been contaminated. Interestingly, and to our pleasant surprise, school uniforms and supplies were also requested. In Nicaragua children wear uniforms to school and traditionally were not allowed to attend school without them. Although it has laxed in recent years, schools reopen today and they have requested school supplied and uniforms.
Stay tuned .We will report back shortly.