Frank, Peter and I went thru several southern villages today, Blue Creek, Big Falls, Medina Bank, San Marcos, and several others. Folks are getting by, but things are tough. Lots of roofs off, lots of trees on the hills and around folks' homes are blown down. Tarps are very prevalent covering up so folks can stay dry. The damage to the jungle is intense. We spoke to the village alcades, and are working in many of these communities to build homes.
Folks are ready to build they want to get cracking. the Mennonites are doing incredible work, led by David Stoltz of Punta Gorda. We are funding work crews that are at local sawmills cutting timber and building trusses. Working their butts off I am here to tell you. Such incredible people, doing such amazing work, it is truly an honor to help fund their efforts. Really proud to be working with them. Never been prouder to work with anyone in my life.
We are doing great work I assure you. Posted are a couple photos of the homes, I will post more when i return. The mostly Maya folks living there are happy to get the help. If we can raise another $12,000 dollars, with the matching funds from the Red Cross we can get to our goal of 200 houses. So remember, every dollar you give is worth double.
If you were here, you would feel what i feel. That whatever i do with a dollar back home, these folks will get it to go a heck of a lot further than I would. No money was ever spent more worthwhile. Lots of devastation, but the image that stays in the forefront of my mind was the faces of the family that was living along the road under a 5 foot tall tarp. 6 people, including four children, huddling under a tarp with mud and shattered trees all around, their home totally blown down. No trace of their home. The tops of all their heads less than 8 inches from the tarp. Lets give them a Christmas. They need it so bad.
[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 10-26-2001).]