Dear PHFM Community,
Our timely response to the severe flooding along the Rio Grande de Matagalpa has brought renewed hope, health, encouragement and much needed relief to the remote communities we serve. And we thank you, dear partners, for your generous donations, which met our fundraising goal and made this relief effort possible.
Upon our arrival in these villages at the height of the flooding, we found children wading through waist-deep water contaminated by latrines and animal feces. Crops were destroyed, wells contaminated and fever, diarrhea, skin diseases and respiratory problems were on the rise. The risk of a cholera outbreak was a major concern.
With the supplies to clean wells, treat water and sanitize homes and the medicines to address illnesses in hand, we mounted a significant relief effort under the leadership of Doctor Dussan, our staff physician, with field support from Roger Drost. Working with community leadership, we helped facilitate community clean-up efforts and administered medicines to the families in need in 5 communities, averting a community epidemic. And relief efforts continue this week as Peter Coleman heads upriver to distribute seeds to flooded villages so farmers can replant the crops they have lost during this crisis.
Again, on behalf of the communities we serve, we thank you for your generosity and for making it possible to stand alongside our Nicaraguan friends in their time of need.
Roger Drost and Peter Coleman
Dr. Dussan (center), community leaders and cleaning supplies (foreground)
Waiting to see the Doctor
Treating patients after the flood
Roger Drost meets with community leaders
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