Tropical Storm Nate caused mass flooding along the southern Pacific coast last week. The area has never experienced such severe devastation and entire communities along the southern Pacific coast are in dire need of help. Many families have lost everything and every family has been affected in one way or another.
Right now, people need the basics - clean water, food, clothing, baby formula, diapers, etc.
My name is Jeffrey Soderlind. I am from Pensacola, Florida and have been living in Nicaragua since 2005. I am the owner of Horizon Group (www.horizonnicaragua.com), which is a local real estate, construction and vacation rental business that has been based in the Tola region of Nicaragua since 2005. I also work at Surfari Charters (www.surfaricharters.com), which is a local surf camp that has been operating in the area since 2002.
We are raising funds to offer support to as many families in the Tola region as possible, with a focus in the following areas - Las Cañas, El Astillero, Las Salinas, La Virgen, Limon 1 and Limon 2. We have already provided our own personal funding that is being distributed to our employees and their families this week, but there is an immense need for more support to all of the families in the area. There are many great individuals and organizations on the ground helping and we will be coordinating efforts with as many as possible.
The first stage of our efforts will be to raise $5,000 to provide the basics to 100 families. This includes drinking water, rice, beans, cooking oil, sugar, pasta, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, oatmeal and more. We will also be using funds to purchase water filters through Waves for Water (www.wavesforwater.org) to distribute through the communities as access to clean water is one of the most essential needs.
Once we meet our first goal of $5,000, we will continually raise our goal by $5,000 until we feel we have provided sufficient aid to restoring these families lives. I will be withdrawing these funds to my personal US account on a regular basis and sending them to my personal account in Nicaragua in order to continue the flow of funds to purchase the needed supplies for our efforts. I will be providing regular updates outlining how these funds are being spent and what work we are doing.
Any amount you are willing to donate helps!
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