This was what awaited World Vision aid workers who brought relief supplies last month to Hurricane Felix survivors in Sandy Bay, a cluster of remote, indigenous communities perched on the edge of Nicaragua's north Caribbean coast.
"We thank God we are still alive!" Víctor Maybeth exclaimed to rescue workers when they arrived. He proceeded to explain how Hurricane Felix shredded the family's tin-roofed hut, forcing him and his 11 children to sleep out in the open for several days. Heavy winds and rains made their lives nearly unbearable.
Victor and his family were among the 1,505 families in Sandy Bay's 10 communities who bore the full brunt of the hurricane's Category 5 fury in early September. Each of the families received 56 pounds of food, eliciting a phrase World Vision staff heard often during the distribution: "Thinki pale, thinki pale!" — "Thank you very much!"
Families also received kitchen utensils, a hygiene kit, mosquito nets, and blankets. Some families received clothing and shoes as well. An additional 95 families from surrounding communities also were assisted.
Maria de Jesus Barquero is among the many women in Sandy Bay who tragically lost her husband to the furious storm. She now faces the harsh reality of caring for her five grandchildren alone — all of them younger than 5.
"The hurricane left us without a roof," she says mournfully. "When it rains, we all get wet, and I really do not know what to do because they are just little kids."
World Vision donors in Taiwan have generously donated $100,000 to help repair 200 hurricane-damaged roofs in Nicaragua.
>> Pray for those in remote communities affected by Hurricane Felix and for aid groups, including World Vision, who are still working to meet the ongoing needs of survivors.
>> Donate now to World Vision's Disaster Response Fund. This one-time donation enables World Vision to continue to deliver desperately needed aid to families and children affected by sudden-onset disasters.
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