Urgent Relief Needed
Your Help Is Needed
2020 has been a year like no other, and as it draws to a close, the people of Los Cedros and the students at Colegio Cristiano Havila find themselves at an unprecedented intersection of desperation and hope.
Two hurricanes ravaged Nicaragua in November. Los Cedros was not in the direct path of either one, but it was close enough to take on wind and heavy rain for more than two weeks. The resulting damage to roads and buildings has further strained an already crippled economy, and the need for humanitarian relief is as great as ever.
That is the present, but hope for a better future is very much alive.
Through it all, Havila has continued operations, and on December 10 it celebrated its first high school commencement. The 14 graduates have overcome all the reasons a young adult might drop out in rural Nicaragua, and all of them have plans to attend college next year.
Most of them will need considerable help to do so, and UNIDOS has set up a college scholarship fund for that purpose. These amazing young men and women are capable of bringing real change to their community if they have the right tools and support, and we want to help them get there.
Please consider a year-end gift to build a college scholarship fund for these worthy graduates and those in the future and also to provide humanitarian relief as Nicaragua deals with yet another setback. Both of these needs are critical and urgent.
Urgent Need Donation
All urgent need donations will be used to fund college scholarships for Havila graduates and provide humanitarian relief for the people of Los Cedros.
Sponsorship payments will continue to support the operation of Havila Christian School.
To donate by check, make your check out to “UNIDOS Nicaragua” and mail it to:
9805 NE 116th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Leaders of a local church identify families in severe need and put together packages of food and other necessities ranging from 50 to 80 pounds depending on the size of the family. The leaders have sent us the name of each family receiving this aid and a photo of a person from the family who picked up the family’s supplies.
Relief is not limited to persons who have a connection with Havila Christian School or the church that runs it. Church leaders are eager to bless people throughout the area who are in extreme need.
Classes have concluded for the 2020 school year, and commencement ceremonies were held on December 10. The 2021 school year will begin in February.
No. Sponsorship funds are being used for the purpose for which they were intended, which is to operate Havila Christian School. All staff members are being paid their normal salaries.
It varies, but $250 a month would be a good estimate. This includes the full cost of attendance: tuition, books and other supplies, and living expenses.
Your gifts at work
Because of your generosity, our partners in Los Cedros have been able to serve their community in a number of ways. Since early May they have provided food and other basic necessities to more than 90 families. These deliveries typically include rice, beans, sugar, salt, soap, Clorox, masks, and toilet paper. In addition, our partners have helped many families pay for medications, hospital expenses, refilling oxygen tanks, and, sadly, funeral expenses.
Your donations may be tax deductible, and you will receive a giving statement from UNIDOS Nicaragua.
Your donation helps feed the people in Los Cedros.