Hurricane Nate brought three days of torrential rain to the already-saturated ground in Nicaragua. Two months later, some poor families are still sleeping on wet mats in flimsy makeshift shelters because the rains haven’t allowed things to dry out. Some have developed a fungus in their feet from the wet conditions.
We here at CAM-Nicaragua have had increased opportunities to aid some of these villages. After investigating the needs in some of the most heavily flooded areas, our director called for special aid distributions. We purchased food, hygiene articles, and mattresses locally.
One afternoon we staff families all worked together to assemble sacks of food (rice, beans, oil, canned chicken, sugar, oatmeal), soap, shoes, bedding, and literature to distribute in some of the towns that experienced severe losses. It was fun to have the privilege of assembling these bundles because, normally, CAM’s food parcels are packed in the States and shipped down here.
We distributed the sacks and mattresses in various villages, giving the items to people right out on muddy streets or in public buildings such as schoolhouses and churches where some are taking shelter. The folks were very happy to receive these basic necessities and free Christian literature as they start all over again in their flood-damaged houses. We were blessed to be able to give out of the abundance God has given us.
—by Susan Fisher, CAM staff member in Nicaragua
The cost of this project was $10,000. If you would like to help cover the cost, please donate below. If more funds are received than needed for this project, the remaining funds will be used in other International Crisis projects.