We are a family of four and we live on the Big Island of Hawaii. On May 4th 2018 we experienced a 6.9 earthquake. It was devastating to our house. So many things broke, shifted and were just completely destroyed. We did not know that this was just the beginning.
The electricity had went out during the earthquake and when it finally came back on we could hear our water pump running continuously. We live off of catchment. Which means we collect the rain water and that is what we use for everything in the house. Joel checked our 10,000 gallon catchment and found that the liner had busted and ALL of our water was gone.
That same day the lava begun flowing and would continue for the next three months. During this time Joel lost 90% of his landscaping jobs when the lava destroyed the Leilani neighborhood and then Kapoho.
In July, out of money, we finally tried to get help from FEMA. We were denied the FEMA loan, and the SBA loan because we had no means of paying back the loan. We tried for the FEMA grant. An inspector came and inspected the damage. We then received a letter from FEMA denying us because “our house was found to be livable.”
We never said it wasn’t livable.
We didn’t even bring up all of the items broken or destroyed.
We only asked for help with the water system.
We had continued to live in our house all summer despite the water situation.
It was and is so disheartening. They kept saying help was available all over the island and yet we didn’t qualify for anything.
Joel created a 300 gallon mini catchment after the first three weeks. It’s not fun taking 5 gallon bucket showers. So here we are asking for your help for our water system. We have been unable to save for the new liner and everything else it will take to fix our catchment and water system. We are trying to raise $1500 so that we can fix everything we need to have a good water system again.
Please if you can help it would be greatly appreciated.if you can’t donate Please SHARE this! It would mean a lot to our family! Thank you thank you thank you!
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