Helping the poor in Nicaragua

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Dear Friends, (Real "Friends" not FB Friends)

The Holiday Season is right around the corner. As most of you know, I have lived in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for over 15 years. Each Feliz Navidad, (Christmas) I always try to do something special for a select group of poor families living in my area. I have now lived in Nicaragua for 9 months, where poverty is almost everywhere you look. I try to select families that clearly need support. On Christmas Day, I put on my Santa Hat and make a surprise visit to these families to deliver their goodies. Over the last several weeks, while on my daily bike ride, I have been scouting out prospects. Today I hit the Jackpot. I immediately knew these were the people I wanted to help. Here a few photos I took today.

 I have passed this family many times over the past several weeks, and they are always so friendly. But until today, I never stopped to introduce myself. It was a wonderful, yet humbling experience, considering my Spanish is far short of perfect. This is what I learned during my visit. I estimated that their entire covered living area next to the river to be less than 200 sq. feet, most of which is outside. (NOTE/ I am 100% sure they have squatted on the land and could be evicted at some point) Living there is a family of 10. The grandmother, her two married daughters and 5 grand children. They cook all meals outside using whatever wood they can find. They do have electricity, but only use it for lights at night, probably because they can’t afford electric. They have no refrigerator. They have no stove. I assume they get water from the river, which is clearly polluted and harmful. The two daughters lost their job cleaning rooms at a nearby hotel, which is now closed due to the civil unrest in Nicaragua. One husband also lost his job as a chef. It is estimated that 40% of the workforce here in San Juan Del Sur is out of work. We are a tourist destination and tourism here has come to a complete halt. In any event, my visit was a humbling experience, which inspired me to reach out for your help. Despite their living conditions, the family seemed so happy, all with big smiles. Before I left I explained to them that I was going to try to raise some money from my rico (rich) American friends, so I could get them some nice things for Christmas. The smiles on their face and the excitement in their eyes said it all. The entire experience brought tears to my eyes as I rode away on my bicycle.

So, in years past I always funded my Christmas giving out of my own pocket. But this year, due to some major financial setbacks, I am not able to do so. But I can be the “middle-man” and I can do all the "heavy lifting." I know from first hand experience that all of you are quite generous people. I’m also sure each year you give significant amounts of money to various charities during the Holiday Season. However, it is always difficult to know where your contributions really go. So, I am offering you a unique opportunity to really help some poor families this Holiday Season. You will see exactly where your generosity went. You will see photos of what I purchased and the cost of each item(s). And, more importantly, you will get another photo/video showing your generosity being received by the family.

There are 4 more houses (shacks) on the river with similar living conditions. All have young children. So, depending on your response to this email, I will know if we can help all of them. My goal is clearly to help all of them. The shacks are side by side along the river and I don't want the others wondering why the "gringo" left them out. In the next several weeks I will investigate the cost of small refrigerators, cook tops, rice-cookers etc, to determine our financial needs. I am estimating around $400.00 per household or a total of $2,000, for all 5 families. Quite frankly, you will be giving these families a Feliz Navidad like never before. You will be giving them things that we all take for granted.

In the meantime, I would like to ask each of you if would find it in your Hearts to help me, help these poor families? If you can’t, I totally understand. We all have issues facing us, so the timing may not be right for you. If you can help, please give me an idea of the amount that you would be willing to contribute. When we get closer to Christmas, we can determine where and how your contributions can be sent to Nicaragua. Please understand that the people of Nicaragua need much support at this time. Over 400 residents (many students and young children) have been killed during demonstrations. They are fighting for Democracy and desperately desire to remove the current President/Dictator Daniel Ortega from office. The beautiful people of Nicaragua really need our support and they deserve to live in a free and Democratic society.

I promise each of you one important thing. Your contribution will be used only for poo

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  • Jim Fryer
  • Donated on Aug 08, 2023
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  • Jack Ettinger
  • Donated on Aug 02, 2023
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  • Jim Fryer
  • Donated on Aug 08, 2023
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  • Jack Ettinger
  • Donated on Aug 02, 2023
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