Hurricane Maria Refugees Need A Replacement Boat

$3,000 goal

Campaign created 14 months ago
Created November 19, 2017

We are attempting to replace the boat that we lost in Puerto Rico in September 2017.   We have had a pretty rough struggle since May of 2013, when I got in a life changing car accident, that cost me my ability to work, and displaced our family.   By 2016 we had traded our home for a sailboat and moved to Puerto Rico, where we very much enjoyed our lives.  But in September 2017 Hurricane Maria came and wiped out everything that we had worked for in life.  Our boat which we had lived on off and on, our rental home, our electronics, our business equipment, everything was wiped out on September 20th 2017.  

Our story post-hurricane Maria We moved to Puerto Rico in November of 2016 looking to embrace the warm and friendly Latin culture.  We had intended most of our adult lives to move to the Caribbean once I retired.  When i was 36 (in 2013) I got hit head on by a drunk driver on the freeway, and I became disabled.  When I was able to, we moved to Puerto Rico for our permanent retirement plan.



Then in September 2017, almost a year later after we had bought all of our furniture, and a vehicle for our family of 6, two hurricanes came in and destroyed everything.   We lost the roof on our rental home, and after that the rain got into the house and destroyed all of our brand new furniture.   Our vehicle got badly damaged in the storm.  Also our 45' sailboat was destroyed in the storm as well.

This is our Youtube Playlist of the videos that we took of before, during and after the hurricane ;

See this video (at minute 3:10 is where you can see what's left of our boat) 

In the end we lost everything, except the clothes on our backs, and we found our selves seeking refuge in a hurricane shelter .   When we got there, a friend of ours setup a GoFundMe campaign, and we were able to raise $1035, which was enough to get us off the island.  We had a few friends donate privately as well.  Combined we had enough money to get off the island.   Next we found a family online who would give us a roof over our head from November to January in Ireland.  Three months is all that our tourism stamps in our passports are good for as tourists..   We traveled then to Mexico after leaving the Netherlands, and stayed until our VISAs were running out.  When we needed to leave Mexico to renew our tourist VISAs we booked an AirBnB in Guatemala, but then in May the pyroclastic volcano that blew up there apparently destroyed the AirBnB that we had booked in the area, as we have not heard back from the owner since.   Reference:  https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/guatemala-volcano-eruption-facts 

We ended up coming to Hawaii in a few different departures from Mexico.  As we would get enough money for a few tickets, parts of our family would travel to Hawaii.  
Right now we are struggling to pay bills.  We have shut off notices for both our power and water bills, and we still do not have furniture in our rental that we are in.   We are desperate to get back to boating life, as it offers the options of living without rent, and offgrid, with very minor expenses.  

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Update 3
Posted by Ryan Thompson
1 day ago
We are ending our gofundme thing. We got $40 which went a long way for us when we received it Thanks Andrea Koroma and Roger Christie .. We want to turn our attention to helping the Smokey Mountain Ranch.. They still have damage from the fire that took a lot of their feed for their horses last fall. Its not cheap feeding horses on purchased feed. But that Pole Creek Fire was no kind to their grazing lands and anyway, I believe this GoFundMe can give you more details on what they are facing.

BTW good things are happening for us. Its tax return season, and I hear that the government is still processing tax returns. Albeit, potentially delayed.
Making headway on our home remodel. So there's that.
It was a rough home when we got into it. It's still a bit rough.
But can't beat the price. And now, its coming together a bit, we have some tools to use for the remodel. That is coming along.

Thanks everyone for everything.

We really want to bring critical attention to the Child's ranch.

Smokey Mountain Ranch < I think that is it?
Is that right Trudy Childs?

Also, is the GoFundMe below still accurate?

Also, I think people can give directly via facebook messenger.
I have used that a few times to send money, and recently people sent me money that way.

I've only transferred under $200 total. But I know it works.

That fire was terrible. Please think about sending your help or prayers.

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Update 2
Posted by Ryan Thompson
17 days ago
Hey thanks everyone for the donations. Andrea and Roger and everyone that helped us last year during the storm, thanks for your kindness.

First i wanted to explain, we were past due on bills ranging from 3 months ago, that i had reported on a few weeks back. We were able to convince the utility companies not to shut us off immediately, ans threw a few hundred dollars their way to stave them off.

Our bills kept piling up, as of two days ago, the past due bills were up to $1500.

As of today, Kim paid $500 of those bills with some art work she sold

Good job Kimberly Dawn Hertel Thompson!

I still have about $1000 worth of bills past due and our water bill has not been paid and we still have a pending shut off notice.

But we may be able to push that back. We will check on January 2nd.

I have completed about 10 jobs with TPNetworks.net, but my clients are slow to pay. I have $2000 in arears and it will eventually pay out and that should get us up to par.

The reason that i made this about replacing my boat, is because a local guy is selling a 28 foot sail boat, and his price is $3000.

If by some miracle i can catch up on bills AND buy this boat. I can get back to living cheap and sailing the world, as i had planned to do after i got in that horrible car accident.

But im realistic and grateful enough just to be able to pay my bills.

Once again thanks for your love and prayers

Mahalo and aloha!
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Update 1
Posted by Ryan Thompson
20 days ago
The Thompson family is attempting to raise money to replace their boat/home that they lost last year in Hurricane Maria. Please help this family rebuild their lives.
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$3,000 goal

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Created November 19, 2017
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