Imagine this: the floor of your home filling with muddy water, rising past your waist. Imagine wading through a rushing current, abandoning your bed, your clothes, your home. You consider where to go, thinking of buildings on higher ground. For many evacuating their homes, that meant taking refuge at FIMRC.
While we are relieved to report everyone is safe, our project site in the southwest lowlands of Nicaragua, Project Limón, is currently a means of survival for those affected by Tropical Storm Nate.
On October 5th, Nate, the brewing hurricane out of the Caribbean, was elevated as a Tropical Storm. Its intensity increased just as it arrived on Nicaragua’s beautiful coastline. October is typically a rainy season in Las Salinas, but in the four years that FIMRC’s Field Operations Manager Jessica Southern has resided there, she’s seen nothing like this. The regions around Project Limón, including Las Salinas, La Virgen Morena, El Remate, and El Lajal all fell victim to severe devastation from flooding. The extent of damage varies between regions, but over 20 communities are now dealing with challenges of contaminated wells, lost houses, major mud and water damage, losing a year’s worth of crops, and so much more. Needless to say, the coming months will require a great deal of maintenance. From our years of FIMRC’s presence in Nicaragua, we know this community has ability to recover from this devastation. However, they do need support.
Current challenges this community is facing include obtaining the necessities of life: food, water, shelter. Wells are no longer a sustainable source of safe water for drinking or bathing. Crops that once provided a source of daily meals were washed away with the floods. Grocery stores are running out of food. Community members are looking to one another to borrow money, but those able to take out cash are becoming few. The community is now looking at organizations who exist to serve the community’s needs for help; organizations like FIMRC.
FIMRC is a resource that is providing things like food, water, cleaning supplies, and basic needs like toilet paper. Unlike many of our neighbors, we have the resources to make bulk purchases of rice and beans to distribute while the community heals. We have the capacity to provide basic necessities while our community members rebuild. We have the reputation and familiarity that residents trust to help meet their needs. We have hope for our local FIMRC family because we believe in their resilience to bounce back. We remain on the ground because so many are willing to help through donations.
100% of funds raised for Project Limón through FIMRC will be used to help rebuild our community in Nicaragua. We are proud to say we have provided families with immediate needs of survival. With your help we will continue to be that support while they rebuild.