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It was the worst flood in 100 years.

 

 

On October 4th, 2017, Tropical Storm Nate moved past Costa Rica into Nicaragua.

Heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides that blocked roads and destroyed houses, and bridges.

Thousands of people fled their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.

But the country's biggest problem during that time might surprise you...
It certainly surprised us.

You see, the #1 problem during the flood was clean water.

Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans were left without it.

In the area of Tola, more than 13 inches on rain fell in less than 2 days. On top of that, rain-water from the mountain to the east came down and added to the flooding.

Since it was the end of the rainy season, the ground was already super saturated and the intrusion of muddy water from the relentless flooding contaminated wells and rendered them useless.

Many households wells were even flooded with debris from latrines...

This was a huge problem because families in rural areas like Tola depend on wells and rivers for their water. 

As a result, FUNLIMON helped to create the Nate Disaster Relief Wells Reconstruction Project.

This project set out to repair 140 wells in 24 communities. So far, we have repaired 82 wells through phase 1, phase 2, and phase 3 of our project.

Funding has been provided not only by FunLimon, but by the Living Water Project and others.

The project's results speak for themselves.

Here are a few pictures of repaired wells...

Worst Flood in 100 years

Well Project

The main goal of the project has been to construct and repair wells that will provide uncontaminated water to those affected by the flooding and ensure continued access to safe water for household use.

We are more than half-way to our goal as we begin phase 4.

But we need your help. 

To contribute, please visit our "Donate" page here.

You can also email your check directly to the Mark and Kathryn Ford Family Foundation at 235 NE 4th Avenue, Suite 101, Delray Beach, FL, 33483.

Rest assured that 100% of your donation will go directly to the program -and bring us one step closer to making this area abe to withstand future disasters like Tropical Storm Nate.

Thank you from all of us.

 
 
 
 

 

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