Nicaragua 2015 – The House that HERO Built and Other Accomplishments

This year’s  first group of HERO volunteers headed to Nicaragua on January 28 for a nine-day workout which resulted in: a house for a local family, a kiln for a local trade school, the digging of a well and the beginning education resource center.

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A special thanks to our friends at Potters for Peace for all of their guidance and assistance in building the kiln. Our second team is preparing for its April trip, focused on medical needs of those in the local community.

We all do this work because we love it!!!! All proceeds go directly to the people and the HERO projects. Please give generously from your heart and make this community a better place for these beautiful and loving people.

Nicaragua 2015

Our return missions to Nicaragua are under way as we prepare for two groups to continue our work in this remote area. We are planning to have the first group go January 28 through February 5. The projects for the first group are to build two or three homes for those families in the most desperate need, kiln building at the Trade School and a garden project with an education program for making cantaros (water jugs) for crop irrigation. The second group will go March 14 to 22 and  will continue with the medical clinics, vitamin distribution, flipflop project and eye glasses.

There have been 45 families identified in this area that are living in extreme poverty. They basically live under tarps and have no real homes. We would like to begin building homes for them. The homes are simple two bedroom, small kitchen and a bathroom. The walls are made of recycled material once the foundation is laid. We work side by side with the local people to give these families shelter.

The other exciting project is the kiln. We are going to be working with Potter’s for Peace,” a world wide non-profit that helps communities build kilns so they may produce water filters, water jug irrigation systems, local ceramics, etc. The local trade school will be the home of the new kiln. There the local people will be taught how to make the cantaros and how to fire in the kiln. These cantaros will then be used to irrigate the crops for food production. This is an incredible healthy, sustainability project. We have our master gardener Susan who began the garden project last year and will return on this next trip to lead the irrigation project.

We will also be providing medical, dental and veterinarian care which is one of our most basic projects we offer so healthy communities may flourish.

Once again, we hope to bring vitamins to these communities. Last year, we were able to send down 2.3 million vitamins for children and women. We are hoping to surpass this figure in 2015. Our local school children will be pulling together the flipflop project and will continue to assist HERO with fundraising. The eye glass project is also on our list. We work closely with the Sedona Lion’s Club and Dr. Serge Wright to bring vision to those in need.

We are excited to travel to Nicaragua and bring much needed care to these people. We are joining hands with Monty’s Beach Surf Camp and the Together Works Society who is well established in this area and has already helped to bring valuable resources to these people. Please give what you can to help make a difference!!!

Nicaragua 2014

Our mission to Nicaragua last March was a great success. We had a full team who went, including nurses, doctors, EMTs, a dentist, dental technicians, veterinarians, plumbers, electricians, students, and enthusiastic laypersons. Our projects included medical and dental care, animal care, solar cookers, vision health, vitamins, the soup project and medical clinic construction/renovation project. We were able to treat more than 600 local people in five different locations. Our big yellow bus was a mobile aid station that pulled into communities for the day. People came on foot, horseback, in ox carts and on bicycles to receive treatment. They were triaged, treated, many times provided with medication and then sent on their way. Then the big yellow bus rolled out, headed back to our home base to get ready for the next day.

Between 500 to 1000 pairs of flip-flops were distributed to children at every stop. Hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses were handed out. Dr. Paul Parrella, and his family team, provided a lot of relief to old and young, many who had never before seen a dentist.

Our big yellow bus headed to the local dump one of the days where volunteers took part in cooking soup for the local inhabitants. This HERO project was funded by proceeds from a fundraiser headed up by The Mile High restaurant in Jerome – the “Soup for Kids” event.

We had several local schools in Flagstaff and Sedona that helped to support our solar cooker and flipflop project as well as the Medical Health Clinic renovation project. These students and educators developed some great fundraising events that helped us provide these services. Thank you to the students and community for all the support.

We were excited to travel to Nicaragua and bring much needed care to these people. We joined hands with Monty’s Beach Surf Camp and the Together Works Society, both of which are well established in area and continue to bring valuable resources to these people.

Please give what you can to help make a difference!!!

Our Solar Cooker Project

In 2012 with donations, HERO was able to purchase 4 large and 7 smaller parabolic cookers. The Tibetans find them to be of great value to their daily lives. The large parabolic, the one pictured at right, makes about 20 lbs of rice in 45 minutes when getting direct sun. That cooker feeds 80 young monks at the main Monastery in Mainpat, India every day now.

This year, HERO leads a very different solar cooking project in Nicaragua. We will be teaching 30 women to build and cook their own solar ovens during a seven day solar cooking workshop.

This is a hands on project, and in the end the women get to learn carpentry skills and how to use the sun to cook. This is a sustainable project, not a one-time gift. The women currently cook over open fires in their homes with no chimney for ventilation. A pot of beans takes five hours of cooking alone. The fuel is always scarce and respiratory illnesses kill more people there than malaria and AIDS. A $300 donation will allow one woman to participate in the workshop and own a new oven, and will change her life!

Solar ovens:

  • Reduce respiratory disease from cooking over open fires
  • Reduce deforestation in an endangered rainforest
  • Free women and children from the burdens of gathering firewood
  • Purify drinking water
  • Create hot water for bathing
  • Allow more time parenting