In 1998, Hurricane Mitch slashed through the rural Nicaraguan
communities of Chacraseca and Amatitan, the areas that already
received aid from members of OLQM. Not surprisingly, dozens of
rickety homes made of sticks and cardboard collapsed under 4 feet
of rain in 2 days.
then, the 6,000 local residents have fought back, replacing some
of the shanties with solid homes made of cinder block and adobe
brick. Some of these homes were being built when parishioners
visited last March, but much more needs to be done.
Project Nicaragua Committee has a goal:
- Housing - To build at least 10 new homes.
They cost about $1,400 each for approximately 400 square feet,
including volunteer labor. The blocks are made in Chacraseca
at minimal cost on a machine provided by our Northport students.
This has provided the much needed building materials and employment
opportunities for local residents.
You Can Help
housing is a basic human right, and it is a priority for these
impovished families. As our parishioners who have spent time in
Amatitan and Chacraseca can attest, we have better tool sheds
and doghouses in our area than the homes these families live in.
the past, OLQM parishioners have generously provided aid for a
school breakfast program and for emergency relief after Hurricane
Mitch. If you can, please help to build at least 10 new houses
the Extra Miles
about visiting Amatitan yourself. Several parishioners, including
Father Ryan, Sister Eileen, dozens of local students and several
volunteers from our parish have been there. They report that the
experience is profoundly moving, a rare opportunity to live and
work among the poor. The trips have motivated them to become advocates
for improving the living conditions.
limited space is available on our scheduled trips, we encourage
you to join us in this critical mission. We each possess unique
talents and together we can make a significant difference in the
lives of so many. Please contact Sister Eileen at 631-757-6250 for
more information about Project Nicaragua and our next trip.