“This planet is a broken bone that didn’t set right, a hundred pieces of crystal glued together. We’ve been shattered and reconstructed.” ~ Tahereh Mafi
Broken lives…125 families forced to reconstruct their lives from the devastating rock and mudslides on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Yesterday, Ron and I tramped over boulders and through mud to reach the Los Ramos community to deliver supplies to the families. Take a walk with us so you can see for yourselves Mother Nature’s powerful and destructive forces.
Supplies were delivered at the top of the hill. “So far, this doesn’t look too bad,” I said encouragingly to Ron.
The bulldozers had cleared about 200 meters from the main road. Easy walking so far.
A few feet later, we came to the part of the road that had been dismembered like a severed limb, cutting the families off from the rest of the island and the supplies that they desperately needed.
Trees were uprooted leaving a mangled mess as the landslides roared down from the volcano. Their road lay in a shattered and broken state.
The water lines the community had worked so hard to prepare, were snapped and crushed like ticks on a dog, dispersing their precious life source into the already saturated ground.
Trees and posts which carried the electricity into the village, snapped like delicate match sticks.
Fields, which once nurtured their plantain, bean, and rice crops, lay smashed and smothered under tons of rocks and mud.
Thunderous rumbles of boulders and mud carved canyons over five feet deep into the once passable road to Los Ramos.
The once thriving eco-tourism community of Los Ramos disintegrated rapidly.
The tattered sign welcoming tourists, is an alarming reminder that Mother Nature will always have her way. You can see the 5-6 landslides on Vulcan Concepcion that left a wake of destruction and broke the community’s main tourism industry.
Reconstruction is slow. Yet, these resilient people cleared the boulders away from their community church first, so they could give thanks for their blessings.
They are digging out over two feet of mud that invaded their homes.
The community of Los Ramos may be broken and mutilated, but the 125 families are strong and irrepressible. They step over the boulders in their path with amazing grace, fortitude, optimism, and faith.
How can you help? I started a donation page for this lovely community. Yesterday, we delivered over 1,000 pounds of food and other supplies. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s heartwarming post.
Their spirit is unbroken and the supplies from your donations will continue to nourish and strengthen Los Ramos for many months. Below is the link for how you can help. Thank you for all of your support.
Help Los Ramos Rebuild
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