Project Nicaragua 2016

For their next project, the group will be traveling to Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua in February of 2016. Along with a playground, they will be taking educational material, clothing and sports equipment. Their Mission statement reads: Making a difference in the lives of others through donations and fund-raising, to provide recreational apparatus, educational material and/or services for youth in countries less fortunate.


We are looking to you, our neighbors, to once again contribute to this very worthwhile cause. Every little bit helps in making this dream a reality. Within the next year, we will be raising money through various fund-raising events. Your contribution in the form of a donation (material or monetary) would be appreciated, as well as posting/sharing any information for the promotion of these events. Unfortunately tax receipts are not available, as we are not a registered charity.




Your support is greatly appreciated! 



CDRS International

Thanks to everyone who continues to support us and our cause. Your attendance at  the Silent Auction was certainly appreciated. A great time was had by all and the proceeds will be used to help offset the costs associated with our Nicaragua  build planned for February, 2016.


Also, thanks to everyone who purchased Grey Cup pool tickets. Listed below are the lucky winners.



1st Quarter - T. Chapman

2nd Quarter - M. Mahood

3rd Quarter - T. Grand

4th Quarter & Final - S. Zelenak

Reverse Final - C. Browne.

  Academy  Mechanical
   AP Irrigation Systems Ltd
   Valo Maintenance
  Brian Ferguson
   Dave Schindel
  Castlewise Management
   Ms. Lisa Baum
  Worlds Finest Chocolate
   The Chapman Family
  City of Edmonton
  James Vik
   RAM Mechanical
   The Quarry Golf Club
  Automated Aquatics
   Cougar Creek Golf Resort
  Dr. Alice Mohr
   Dons Power Vac
  Dr. Darrin Doan
   Bernhard Rioux
  WESCO Distribution
   Sheryl Watson  ( Healing Connections )  
  926288 AB. Ltd
   Richards Pub
  Sonya Lang
   Kim Boyko
  Laurie Lanuke
   EM Jet Cleaning
  Lorna Lewis
   Tammy Pintaric
  Space Science Center
   Mark & Matilda Farhat
  Don Ladner
   Mildred Leskiw
   Powerplay Sports
  Mrs. Rosie Beltran    Save-On-Foods  ( Oxford )
  Shelly Ferguson  ( Epicure )
   Jim Fisher
  Patricia & Jerry Lada
   Pheonix Hi Tech Hair
  Dr. Marilyn Hundleby
   Charl Els Professional Corp.
  Interworks Contracting
   Dianna Jamieson
  Pat Hethrington
   Cherry Cardwell
  Community Park Little League
   Roraima Travel Services
  Original Joes ( Oxford )
   Dunluce Community League                        
  Lisa Baum                                                  
    Shippers Supply

 Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua Playground




It took us three years to get this one off the ground, but on February 4th, 2016 sixteen members of CDRS  International left Edmonton for Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua.  We had struggled with customs and duty issues since we had first decided on Nicaragua as our destination, so we packed our seacan on December 19th, and it left Edmonton the following Monday. We wanted to ensure that the container arrived in plenty of time for it to be released before our arrival.

On the day before we flew out of Edmonton, we were advised that our container “should” be released FOR SURE on the day we arrived in Nicaragua.  We were met at the airport in Managua on Thursday night by Patrick Hiebert, founder of “Help Them Help Themselves”, and Osman Picado who was to be our translator during the build. They announced that the seacan had been released that day and would be delivered to the site the next morning.


After an hour and a half drive south of Managua towards the Pacific coast, we arrived at the town of California in Villa El Carmen. The ground was cleared, the seacan was parked, and the people of the neighbourhood were eagerly awaiting our arrival.

The local population was very poor – most people lived in cement block houses (three walls with a fourth wall a tarp or piece of corrugated metal). We saw poverty but all of the people we met were very happy and very generous.  Our playground site was next to a baseball diamond, about two blocks away from a school and across a barbed wire and cactus fence from two small ‘farms’. (The farms consisted of a couple of chickens, a cow and a pig, an outhouse, and an 8’ square building that housed families of at least 5 or 6, and a total area of the size of a normal home lot in Castledowns.) The ladies at both farms brought us plastic lawn chairs to sit in the shade every day, and graciously offered us the use of their outhouses.

At the last moment, our build site was moved from closer to the school to an open area by the ball diamond.  The area had been used as a landing strip for drug cartels at one time and, as a result, was very hard packed. Lucky for us, a local American contractor and his Nicaraguan wife paid 20 of their employees to work for us for four days.  Without their help, we never would have dug the over 90 holes that we needed. Even though the 20 men were being paid by their boss to be there, they were all at the Grand Opening with their children and showing their friends the playground that THEY had helped to bring to the community.


Thanks to generous donations from Community Park Little League, Carlisle and Dunluce Community Leagues, there were 36 local baseball teams that received equipment and uniforms. These were presented to representatives of the teams at the Grand Opening on February 11th.  All of the school supplies were going to be distributed to local schools in outlying areas by our partner “Help Them Help Themselves”.

Another successful playground build and we will be meeting soon to talk about our next project.

      Below are some of the memories from the groups visit.



Thank-you to the following who have either made donations to our project or provided us with items for our silent auction.


CDRS International