The latest shipment of 2 containers consisting of 50,000 lbs of humanitarian, hospital and firefighting supplies has safely arrived in Nicaragua and are currently stored in our Chinandega warehouse. As well 1 Ambulance and 2 Firetrucks are currently waiting for our team arrival in Corinto. Team is due to arrive April 5th to facilitate donation distribution.
The KFR operation Haiti team designed and built an adventure
playground for kids. All of the material for the playground was sent
by container to Les Cayes Haiti in a container. Others items sent in
the container included paint, ceramic tile flooring, form ply,
plumbing fixtures, dryed food, sheets, clothing and sports equipment.
In February 2013 a team of 13 including 6 KFR members went to Haiti
to work at camp Mahaniam in Soutern Haiti. Team members set the
adventure playground up on the camp property and were able to see the
Haitian kids play on it. The team also built and painted a portion of
fence around the camp property. They also worked with cement, pouring
a slab for an incinerater that will be used to incinerate garbage and
a perimeter for a beach volley ball court.
While staying at the camp team members also had the opportunity to
play with the kids from the imediate area. In the evenings when they
had enough energy the team set speakers up on the deck, turned the
music volume up, and turned the yard lights on. This was the signal to
any kids in the area that they could come over and play. Between 200
and 300 kids aged 1 to early 20’s came to play volleyball, basketball,
soccer etc. They especially wanted to play with the Blanc’s. Operation
Haiti team members played these sports with the Haitians and taught
them to play floor hockey as well. The Haitians took to the game
Our team also took part in a wedding that involved 25 Haitian couples.
In Haiti many people would like to get married but cannot afford a
wedding. The team loaded up two trucks and a trailer with wedding,
clothes, decorations, and food for 500, then traveled for 3 hours by
dirt road and though rivers to get to a remote Haitian village. The
team members dressed the 25 couples with loaned dresses and suites for
the wedding and then took wedding pictures of each couple. While the
local paster married the couples our team prepared food for the
wedding party and guests. After the wedding the couples headed home
(up to 2 hours by donkey) and our team prepared wedding albums for
each couple and then slept on cots set up in the tiny church. The next
morning the grooms brought back the wedding clothes and received a
framed wedding picture and a wedding album. They were all so pleased.
One man said that he had lived with his wife for many years and people
said that they were not married and he was not committed to her. Now
he said holding the album ” I have proof”.
In Feb 2012 the Operation Nicaragua Team once again ventured into the Northern Pacific coast of Nicaragua to facilitate the distribution of donations. Two 40 foot shipping containers containing 30,000 meals donated by the Gleeners, Medical Supplies, Shoes and Clothing were provided to those in need. We were also able to deliver 3 Firetrucks to their new homes in Granada, Estili and Leon.
With the generous support of our good friends the Conconi Family, the Conconi Community Centre was opened in the garbage dump community of El Limonal. This facility is the epicentre for change in the garbage dump. With the assistance of various groups, meals are provided to the children in a safe environment. This facility will also be home to a medical facility and an educational centre.
Project Dates: Feb 12 – 22, 2012
Location: Chinandega, Nicaragua
Team Members: Sue Sakaki, David Sakaki, Melissa West, Erik Vogel, Duncan Vogel, Gaby Olson, Doug Goodman, Ken Baerg, Dana Baerg, Neill Moroz, Andy Philpot, Amy Baskin,Kevin Smith, Ted Sales,Anne Sales, Bruce Crawford, Denver Bisset
On behalf of the entire Operation Nicaragua Team, I would like to express a most sincere thank you. Because of your thoughtful donations of time, items and money; together we were able touch the lives of thousands in Northern Nicaragua. Families that were displaced and lost everything due to a hurricane received clothing and bedding. Children living in a garbage dump were provided with food and school supplies. And several Fire Departments were provided with life saving Fire Trucks.
We have just returned from Nicaragua and I can personally attest to the fact that we are making a difference. Starving children are now receiving daily meals. Impoverished women are learning trades that provide income to support their families. And communities have been transformed.
Project Dates: Oct 28 – Nov 4 , 2010
Location: Chinandega, Nicaragua
Team Members: Tamara Duncan, Hana Holland, Len Hrycan, Cole Kitchen, Kevin Knight, Natalie Lidster, Heloise Lotz, Andy Philpot, Ed Sakaki, David Sakaki, Barb Spooner, Melissa West, Kelly Williams
We have a team of 17 that headed to Haiti in January 2010. The team is comprised of, mostly, Firefighters from KFR but with a few Corrections staff members who have joined the team. The project built a dormitory for Haitian children at a campground in a place called Les Cayes which is located about a 150 kms from Port au Prince via a mountain road. We were living and working at the camp for the week we were there.
As you might know, Haiti is probably the poorest country in the Caribbean states and our efforts will greatly assist these underprivileged children to attend a camp-like setting. That is probably something they can only dream about and many cannot even imagine. As a result we have set a projected goal of raising $10,000 to assist with the building of this dormitory the entire amount will go towards the project. All expenses for travel, accommodations, vaccinations, etc. will be borne by each participant. We will also be doing some medical work at the local hospital as some of our team have medical experience.
This trip was a monumental success, Thank you for your support.
Date: January 2010
Location: Les Cayes, Haiti
Team Members: Rev. Ray Parker , Sharon Parker, Dennis Fayers, Crystal Fayers, Neill Moroz, Linda Moroz, Ken Baerg, Dana Baerg, Duncan Harvey, Suzan Goguen, Kathy Moore, Melanie Hughes, Brianne Sheppard, Jessie Sheppard, Dean Coles, Jesse Brauner, Amy Brooks
Once again, the Kamloops Firefighters and our friends from Gearbulk Shipping and the CNIB returned to the Northern part of Nicaragua. Our partners, the Chinandega Firefighters helped us distribute 30,000 pieces of clothing, firefighting gear, bicycles and household tools to those in dire need. A survey was taken of all the residents of the 3 villages and a list of needs were compiled. The Firefighters of Chinandega worked on this list and the distribution of items for several months.
The Operation Nicaragua Team was fortunate to be a part of the grand opening ceremonies for a clinic constructed in the village of Jiquillilo. The clinic was build with your generous donations and currently sees dozens of patients as day.
Project Dates: Dec 13 – Dec 22, 2009
Location: Chinandega, Nicaragua
Team Members: David Sakaki, Sue Sakaki, Corey Butler, Kristen Holden, Andy Philpot, Ryan Hrycan, Don “Monty” Montgomery, Gerry Caceres, Len Hrycan,Shirley Philpot, Kelly Williams, Lisa Hamm
In the summer of 2009 a team of Kamloops Firefighters and volunteers journeyed down to the village of Jiquillilo in Nicaragua. This is a village that has been ravaged by civil war, decimated by a tsunami, and plagued by extreme poverty. Our goal was to make a difference by providing desperately needed essentials. The mission was to distribute the items from the two 40 foot shipping containers we had sent down.
Once we landed in Nicaragua and our containers cleared customs we enlisted the help of the local Fire Department. It was an amazing sight to see the determination and the Chinandega and El Viejo Firefighters. They worked all day and night to empty the containers. They assisted us for days sorting and organizing all the items to be distributed. Over 30,000 pieces of clothing, dozens of bicycles, hundreds of tools, and thousands of supplies for the hospital were allocated and delivered to those most in need. As a thank you to our new friends in the Fire Department, we were able to provide desperately needed firefighting equipment and training. As well we were able to deliver an ambulance to the Chinandega Fire Dept. Needless to say, this donation, like all others was well received.
One afternoon our team was able to provide a meal for the residents of a community in Chinandega. This “community” was the local garbage dump in which thousands of residents work and live. The homes are built from scrap and are surrounded by open sewage lagoons. The residents toil all day every day desperately seeking a plastic bottle to sell or a scrap of food to eat. In this community there are only infants and adults. There are no children, for as soon as they are able to walk they are expected to endlessly dig through the rubbish to provide for themselves. It was an amazing experience to serve the hundreds of residents the only nutritious meal they would probably consume all week. This life sustaining meal was possible because of your generous donation.
Project Dates: Aug 9 – Aug 22, 2009
Location: Chinandega, Nicaragua
Team Members: Kevin Newman, Cathy Newman, Brian Dell, Erin Dell, David Sakaki, Sue Sakaki, Kevin Cassidy, Dallas Venables, Corey Butler, Kristen Holden, Ed Sakaki, Andy Philpot, Ryan Hrycan, Don “Monty” Montgomery, Gerry Caceres, Antony Lynch, Len Hrycan, Shirley Philpot