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.
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!
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.
Villa El Carmen, Nicaragua Playground
NICARAGUA 2016 Update
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.