Firstly, I am beyond touched by these incredibly generous donations! Deepest, sincerest thanks from all of us working on this and on behalf of those affected by the flooding. Truly, this campaign--the amount we have raised and the brief time in which we raised it--has been nothing but heart-warming and up-lifting.
*The efforts on the ground have been tremendous and collaborative. Our on-site team has written an update below (please read!). *Please see all attached photos, lives videos and testimonials about the progress. I am happy to now say that since we have significantly surpassed our target goal I will be ending this campaign by Friday, October 13th.
***PLEASE NOTE: although I am ending this campaign, it by no means signifies that our job is completed in aiding those affected by the flooding in the Las Salinas area. Contrastingly, we are far from it: the rebuilding process has just begun and nearly all families are still without adequate basic necessities. However, the donation process will not continue here, but through the on-site NGOs' themselves. If you wish to keep supporting this effort (which we certainly hope you do!) please donate directly to FunLimon (The Mark and Kathryn Ford Family Foundation) link here: http://funlimon.org/l-70-Donate-Now
) or FIMRC (Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children) link: https://volunteer.fimrc.org/campaign/project-limon-emergency-relief-fund.
Once again, deepest sincerest thanks to you all for these efforts. To continue seeing the progress of this, please resort to:
FIMRC -Project Limon
Campign: Tropical Storm Nate has caused disastrous flooding in the Pacific region of Nicaragua, my home of nearly four years. The flooding has devastated the rural communities of Limon, Las Salinas, La Virgen Morena, El Remate and El Lajal, affecting more than 1,000 people. It has destroyed homes and displaced an already vulnerable population. I have created this GoFundMe with on-site local NGO workers who have access to vehicles and will be aiding the families of these communities with supplies and food. Please help us raise our goal to get care, food, clothing and clean water to these affected families as soon as possible! Immediate monetary aid is needed and for transparency purposes, we will be documenting here how the aid is spent (myself, Delaney Scollan, and Rosie Scheibel, of FUNLIMON). Thank you for supporting these communities in time of great peril!
*Thank you again for your help and messages to us. Here's more info to clarify our goal: 1. Who you are and where you’re from
My name is Delaney Scollan, I’m a 27-year-old medical student, from Central NY. I worked for FIMRC Project Limon, a women’s health and pediatric non-profit in Las Salinas, Nicaragua, for 3.5 years (https://www.fimrc.org
). I have a deep connection to the local communities and have maintained both inter-professional and personal relationships with local families, local leaders and NGO workers in the Limon / Las Salinas communities of Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua. 2. Your relationship or contact to the parties you're raising funds for
My on-site point of contact is long-time friend, Rosemary Scheibel, the director of FUNLIMON, the Mark and Kathryn Ford Family Foundation (http://funlimon.org
). Rosemary (Rosie) has organized a team of FUNLIMON and FIMRC employees and community members to distribute food essentials (beans, rice, purified water) and dry bedding to the most inaccessible and affected families of the region between Limon and El Lajal / El Remate. Likewise, as the rain has begun to cease, for homes that have not been destroyed, teams are working to “dig out” homes that are inundated with mud and debris and thus currently uninhabitable. *The GoFundMe donations will be withdrawn to my bank account then immediately transferred to Rosie Scheibel (transaction receipts will be posted), who will then, with her team, make trips to Rivas to purchase supplies and head the efforts on the ground. Rosie has hard-copy receipts that she will be copying here (for fund transparency) and will simultaneously update us with photos, statistics and personal narratives of those affected. Internet connection in the area is extremely inconsistent currently on account of the flooding so our updates have been delayed but will hopefully be arriving shortly. 3. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)
*These statistics will be updated once the on-site team has regained internet accessibility. For now, however, the team is currently purchasing essential food items (beans, rice, purified water), gas and dry bedding and are distributing them. They are also buying shovels and tools for excavating homes out of the mud / debris. The GoFundMe funds will reimburse these purchases and serve to keep purchasing necessary items whatever that entails (ie. medicine, clothes etc). 4. Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies
The funds will be linked directly to me since a US address, bank account and phone number are essential for transfer. The entirety of the transfer will be then directly transferred to Rosie Scheibel in Nicaragua. She will take out the money and purchase the items with her team. All receipts will be kept and uploaded to our page along with updates of the progress of the aid.
Nicaragua Flood Update: October 9, 2017
From on-the-ground operations: "Thus far we have spent $3600 (of personal money that will be reimbursed) and have distributed food equivalent to $1600. Tomorrow we will distribute the rest. We have 20 groups with vehicles distributing to 20 communities. We did a census today and will begin distributing tomorrow. I will get the debriefing information and inform you with exact numbers as soon as I can. " *Photo reciepts and the census will be posted later today.