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Relief - San Juan del Sur Community

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Update... our poor town of San Juan del Sur got beat up by storm #Nate.

My Name is Maria Gabriela Castillo - I am a Co-Owner of RE/MAX in San Juan del Sur.  As a reuslt of many people asking me to coordinate assistance I have decided to create relief packages for people in surrounding communities. The funds for this GoFundMe page will be dispersed to me directly and I will provide pics of purchases here on the GoFundMe page.

For now, these are some pics I took as I walked down the beach of San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua on Friday Oct 06, 2017. I ask for your prayers for all the people who lost possessions, businesses and their loved ones.

What is needed:

Dry canned foods and all Non Perishables. Personal Hygene - soap, toothpaste, toilette paper, female Hygene products. About $40 packages

Water purification systems to avoid sickness - $40 for a Filtron with 2 buckets - we have Ordered 100 units, these are ready for pick up on Nov 10th

Sleeping foam mattress - $35.

“Tijera” aka Rural Nicaraguan made Cots: $30 - we have already purchased 80 units and delivered them on Oct 14th.

2 burner kitchen with 25lbs propane tank approximately $80 as many we can purchase by Nov 10th

Construction Bonus for families - to be discussed with the Local Alcaldia for due process with left over monies we hope to get many small homes built on stilts - locally known as Tambo.
itects and engineers would like to donate plans for small homes that are Hurricane / Tremor safe, we need to teach locals how to build safe homes! Reinforced Roofs, strong bases for homes structural beams etc...
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It has been a whirlwind of planning, calling, confirming.... getting stood up, adjusting, figuring it out and getting it done!

WE (our collective effort) we have all successfully given out 165 Tijeras (culturally apt collapsible wooden bed/cot) this past weekend Nov 24-26

We did it!! Still more to do but for now we can consider ourselves SUCCESSFUL in this endeavor. Lots of families are sleeping better tonight thanks to all the effort we have put into this.

I want to thank Angel Medrano - the carpenter who answered my call when I posted a request about getting Tijeras made via a special order. He is based out of Granada and easy to find via Facebook :-) young, energetic and a good heart.

I’d also like to thank Dollar Rent a Car in San Juan del Sur for their contribution to this effort and loaning me their Hilux for 2 whole days!

All the amazing people who helped me coordinate storage: CREA, Sarah Mauldin de Baldovinos, Cheri Mauldin of Missions of Grace, Xavier Marín from San Juan del Sur who has been so awesome to work with in these relief efforts!

The people who helped me coordinated guides or contacts and surveys and general intelligence. Arry Lee, Rigoberto Morales, Richard Morales, Kevin Shea...

The Amazing Volunteers... even those who didn’t volunteer and answered my call when I asked for help! Alethea Smith, Tammi Henderson, Micheal Clevette, Micheal Lindsay’s Team (Waves of Love - Daniel), the Fun Chica Brava Chicks, Elva Matamoros, Jamyrson Pittori and the countless other people who all have their little bit of help... Thank you! you know I couldn’t do this by myself... Thank you for all your help.

A special thank you to my sidekicks... Kathleen Brugger and Martha Gutierrez... can’t wait to do this again!

Hope you all enjoy the amazing Pictures ... most captured by Katie a.k.a. Kathleen Brugger :-)
Arrival of first 120 Tijeras on Friday
Tola - 4 families under 1 roof - Smiles!
St Elena Community and Volunteers!
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Hi everyone, it’s been a few weeks since I️ let you all know what was going on... in a nutshell, I️ had to be verified multiple times by GoFundMe so I️ could finally get access to the funds.... interesting process since I️ had never hosted a GoFundMe account!

Thankfully, all is good now.

A few weeks ago, I️ also found a guy who owns a carpentry shop by the name of Angel Medrano (quite appropriate his name) as he took on the order I️ put in for 200 Tijeras!

Today we received the first 120 in Tola and tomorrow we are set to receive the remaining 80 for the San Juan del Sur area!

It’s been a few weeks of back forth but it’s all coming together nicely now thanks to you and the combined efforts of so many people. We now know that atleast 200 people will be sleeping off the floor!

I️ also started working with a group of people in Tola who are helping me identify the elderly, pregnant or sick who are in need of a clean, dry place to sleep. The have conducted a community census and will be delivering a good part of the Tijera in the next four days. Tomorrow I️ will be assisting in distributing quite a few Tijeras. Will post some awesome photos of people receiving their new Tijeras in the following days!

Thank you for your patience, for believing in me and providing the support I️ needed to make this happen :-)
Delivery of 120 Tijeras Tola @ CREA
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Update: Oct 15. 2017

Still very humbled and very incredibly thankful for the support shown for my little Nicaragua. As the progress of aid and relief continues, we have successfully created a group of amazing people (both local and foreign) who live here and who are collaborating to create a bigger impact on the relief provided.

The Nicaraguan Government continues to do an amazing job. After cleaning up roads and bridges, they handed out thousands of 2 burner propane kitchen tops and we understand than they are now moving on to "Letrinas" a.k.a. out houses.

Private sector with local initiatives have come together to try and coordinate a long term relief. Some groups have specialized in cleaning wells, reconnecting water systems... others have become donation collection spots, others have become coordinators for all the incredible smaller initiates providing relief in their own special ways. The People here are amazing and I am more thankful now than ever to live where I live. We have amazing caring people here!! ❤️Nicaragua

As mentioned in the last update, we were able to source a bunch of Tijeras! These are what many of you would know as Cots - just differently made since it's the local Nicaraguan version. You are welcome to read more about them on our previous update in this gofundme page :-)

Yesterday was the last of the delivery of the first order of Tijeras and the bulk of them went to a community known as "Tortuga" yes, you read that right... the community's name translates into Turtle . We are proud to let you all know that this was one big collaborative effort. The RE/MAX team (especially Marthita) who made sure the Tijeras got to San Juan del Sur... then Xavier Marin sourced a Storage area, then Alethea Smith found them deserving families in Tortuga, then Elisha McKay and gang brought in pillows and bed sheets... and Grupo GuardaBarranco with multitude of friends and volunteers made sure each Cot was unloaded from the big Truck, uploaded onto 4x4 trucks and delivered to all these families in need. It was logistically challenging with the many moving parts (broken down trucks and all)... but so amazing to know that in the end... we made sure so many people are no longer sleeping on wet floors. This was all possible because YOU decided to help us, help them!

We are now evaluating other communities to repeat the this operation and are waiting for our amazing collaborative teams to give us numbers of Tijeras needed and wanted in each community.

We are also still waiting on the completion of our Filtrones (water purification systems), we have now been told it will most likely be Nov 10th. This is no problem, although earlier would be better... but atleast we know these Filtrones will be another long lasting asset to the families who receive them. A little patience is always needed around here, we still live the Tranquilo Lifestyle!

As for reconstruction, we are waiting on the local leaders, families and the Alcaldía (city) to let us know if these families will be moved. If moved, where to? If not, what provisions should we make sure to cover on the building plans. Personally, I am trying to make sure most if not all at least build on stilts aka "Tambo". This just seems like the most logical move, but I am not an engineer and so we wait a bit to make sure we make the right next move.

If any of you are engineers and have ideas on how to make stilts that are secure and durable... and could be made with rudimentary tools, I would've most grateful for any instruction!

With Love and gratitude always...

Gabriela Castillo
Young children receiving Tijeras!
RE/MAX Team Delivery
Young mother more than 30 week pregnant
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Oct 11. 2017...

So very incredibly thankful for the support shown! It has been an incredible 72 hours. With multiple meetings including ones with government, private sector efforts and various private consultations...

Nicaraguan Government is doing an incredible job cleaning up roads, providing access where bridges were damaged and even getting started on repairs!

Private sector with local initiatives have come together to try and coordinate a long term relief. It is incredible to see all of this coming together so quickly.

Tomorrow we have a team headed to Mercado Oriental in Managua the Capital because we finally sourced 100 Beds!! It's been a job that took 2 people 48 hours to find all those beds and get the transportation arranged. We have to go to multiple stores for pick up tomorrow so, wish us luck!

These beds are locally known as "Tijeras" they are a part of the Nicaraguan culture and life. As a child, I remember my paternal grandmother always offering me the best spot for an afternoon nap on a "Tijera" in an area where the breeze was constant. They are called Tijeras ✂️ because of how the legs open and close to keep the fabric where you lay nice and taught. They keep you cool, dry off quickly and are a great longer term investment than foam mattresses since these. Are replaced annually due to mold. Also, because they can be easily fixed, the fabric replaced and used for a long long time, the long term use can be (and in my family has been) multi generational. We hope these will one day be remembered as the Nate Storm family memorabilia.

Sadly, I will not be physically with The team picking up the 100 Tijeras tomorrow but I can't wait to help unload them for the night before going to drop them off early Friday! This is one of the larger individual Donations and we are thankful to be able to provide for a community that has suffered so much.

Thanks to you... someone will be sleeping on a dry surface and off the ground very soon!

Keep us all in your prayers, thoughts and hearts. We appreciate everything you have done for our community.

With Love and gratitude...

Gabriela Castillo :-)
He will soon have a clean bed!
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