Rebuilding a Future for Rural Nicaragua

The first week of October, Central America was hit by the aftermath of Hurricane Nate. Expected to strike the East Coast of Nicaragua, locals on the Pacific coastline were unprepared for the storm that would devastate their lives. Some areas saw up to 30 inches of rain as rivers flooded, washing away houses and belongings. With winds sustained at 65 km/hr, roofs were lost, crops were destroyed, and roads became impassable. Water systems became contaminated and unsafe to drink.

Nicaragua had the highest death toll in Central America, with 16 deaths caused by Nate. Many rural Nicaraguans rely on subsistence farming to provide for their families and watched their livelihoods drift away with the rushing waters. The Latitude Project is working with these rural communities to determine the most effective aid required to help rebuild homes,  provide much-needed medical attention, and access to safe water. 

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Water filters

With water systems contaminated, rural families currently do not have access to clean water. As plans are made to pump and de-contaminate wells, communities are in need to clean water filtration systems. 

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Rebuilding homes + Lives

Many families watched as their homes were destroyed, without a chance to take their personal belongings. Clothing, shoes, school supplies, and food supplies are needed. Entire homes are in dire need of being rebuilt; zinc laminate roofing, wood, etc. 

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rural Medical attention

With contaminated water systems and flooded homes, sickness is rising in rural communities. Many of the communities affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Nate are located in the rural regions, with little or no access to medical attention.