House for David's family in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Organized by: Alex Cashman Rolls
In July 2016 our organization RAKlife (501c3) took a volunteer group to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. While volunteering with our partner Barrio Planta Project, an organization that provides free 2nd language and vocational training, we met Gabriel (10) and his little brother David (8). We discovered an untreated, infected burn from cooking grease covering David's torso. We took him to the local pharmacy to be treated and then took the boys home to discover dangerous, unhygienic living conditions. Sadly, their mother passed away last year and their father suffers from an undiagnosed mental illness which prevents him from working regularly to support Gabriel, David, and their 2 sisters. Moving the children to an area nearby San Juan Del Sur within reach of free schooling was at the upper end of his ability to provide for them. Their existing home consists of rotting, dilapidated wood planks for walls, a dirt floor, lack of running water, and animal and human waste embedded throughout the living area exposing the children to constant risk of disease and infections from doing ordinary daily tasks such as eating, sleeping and cooking. Noting this as the source of the infected burn and an increased risk for future illness that would prevent the boys from living happy and healthy lives, we decided to build them a new house. So far we have raised $4,950 through family and friends, constructed roughly half of the new home, and due to some unforeseen costs we need just $1000 more to finish the job.