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-HELP- Date: Sat, 7 Nov 1998 14:51:32 -0500 From: tristam b johnson jr. (email@example.com) Subject: Any news abouy Jesus de Otoro in department Intibuca? Dear Gert, We have been following the events since a week ago via your website. You have done a fanstastic job and hope that all who have conected via this service remember. We lived in Honduras for 4 years and fortunately left in July this year. We have very close friends, and so do our kids, who live in Jesus de Otoro. Have you had any news about that community? It sits roughly southwest of Lago Yojoa. Also, have you received any confirmation about the status of the San Pedro Sula airport? I am coming down to wrok wit a medical team that is scheduled to land there....when it opens... thanks to whomever can answer...tristam and wendy johnson
-HELP- Date: Sat, 7 Nov 1998 20:45:33 +0400 From: Martin Muckle (firstname.lastname@example.org) Myself and all his friends in the UK are looking for news of Simon Taylor and his wife Maritza and their boy Dylan. His address is Correo Nacional, Coxen Hole, Roatan. He is employed at Sandy Bay Rent-a-car on Roatan (phone 45-1710). Any news would be gratefully received. Thanks Martin Muckle -FOUND- Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 20:20:33 +0400 From: Martin Muckle Dear Gert, thank you for your efforts to bring comfort to those of us who were worried about friends and relatives. Through your service I have been able to get news that Simon Taylor and family are safe and well on Roatan. Thanks again.
-HELP- Date: Sat, 7 Nov 1998 10:17:04 -0700 From: Steve W. Chavis (SteveChavis@pknet.org) Subject: need news on town of Aldea Suyapa Gert, We are looking for any news at all about the small mountain town of Aldea Suyapa, in central Honduras, north of the capitol. Our Colorado church has a missionary friend Mae Bell and her son Neil who have been living and serving there for a few years. Population -- 240. Thanks for the helpful web page and many listings. The have been a great encouragement to us, and it helps us in the states coordinate relief efforts. Send any news to email@example.com or post as Gert permits. -FOUND- Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 13:17:56 -0700 From: Steve W. Chavis (SteveChavis@pknet.org) We have heard that our missionary friend, Mae Bell, in the Honduran town of Aldea Suyapa is OK. We have heard that the small town (pop. 240) in the mountains of central Honduras, north of Tegucigalpa, has some food and water, but no electricity. Thanks, Gert, for this valuable service. God bless you. Steve Chavis
-HELP- Date: Sat, 7 Nov 1998 17:08:19 -0000 From: "Cori, Fay" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Searching for a nephew Gert Your website is wonderful. Only just found it and can hardly believe what I read. I know that only a miracle can help me to get news of my nephew amongst the millions but I can't pass up the chance, however miniscule. Just want to know that he and his family are alive. I'm looking for a Brit - MAX DANIELS. He was living on a farm twenty minutes drive on the road out of La Ceiba which goes past the airport. It WAS also a bus route. We used to send letters via his Spanish parents-in-law at Casa 232 6ta Calle, Bo Potreritos, La Ceiba. Any news, good or bad please to email@example.com
-HELP- Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 10:29:00 +0100 From: Leonardo Felici (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: message from Italy Dear Gert, thank you for your work!! We are Francesca and Leonardo Felici, writing from from Ancona, Italy. Our daughter, Amanda Felici, a 17 years old girl, is AFS student living in La Ceiba with Doblado family, Colonia el Sauce. Thanking God, she is OK, and we are always able to phone her from Italy, even during the hurricane. We know, thanking the AFS Honduran volunteers, that the other 89 european AFS students and the 2 U.S. students in Honduras are OK. Please, contact us (email@example.com) if somebody knows anything about: * three Italian travellers, 2 girls, 24 and 32 years old, and a boy, 23, still missing on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. * an Honduran friend of Amanda, a 21 years boy living in Roatan, ALEX MONTIER (I'm not sure about his last name). All of Ancona is worried for Honduras: in all churches, hospitals and schools we are praying for Honduras and collecting money, according to the Honduras Ambassy in Rome. Francesca's sisters, Felicita De Pace (firstname.lastname@example.org), living in Bruxelles, is collecting money and aid, according with the Honduran Ambassy in Belgium. The Italian Government too is sending money and aid to Honduras. God bless you! Francesca and Leonardo (email@example.com)
-RELIEF- Date: Sat, 07 Nov 1998 01:40:09 -0800 From: Judy Ann Blake (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Help is coming from Los Angeles, California I am a quarter-share owner of a cabana at Sundancer on Roatan, living in Los Angeles, CA. La Curaco, l605 W. Olympic, near downtown Los Angeles has been organizing the collecting of food (mainly canned items, powdered milk, breakfast cereal, pasta etc), some clothing (they prefer people to bring food), some medical supplies and many checks. This was being publicized on television (that is how I heard about it). I went yesterday to help out for several hours and cars were lined up all day. I inquired and they will be doing this again next week. I speak no Spanish and most of those helping spoke little English, so I got limited information. The main problem is transporting the goods to Honduras. I have heard that one airline has promised to take goods on one flight. I believe that a ship has offered to make a trip if they could get a whole shipload of merchandise. I believe they had about one fourth the amount needed at that time. If I can get more details, I will write again. Or if anyone wants more information, they may contact me at email@example.com. Judy Ann Blake Judy adds the following. -Gert I have learned that the city of Vernon, CA has gotten many goods together and has gotten enough money to hire a charter plane to fly them to Honduras this weekend. Judy Ann Blake
-NEWS- Date: Sat, 7 Nov 1998 01:00:53 EST From: AWACSEH@aol.com Subject: Guanaja Mitch stories and update 6Nov 98 Dear Gert, Here's a bit of an update. more as time allows. Mary Solomon, my Mom from near Mangrove Bight, Guanaja has been in contact via a HAM radio on Mr Tonias's boat / dormitory. The following is an update from these conversations. There is some sort of chronology to the information. My folks house ( wooden pole structure ie STRONG) were initially blown over and then blown/washed about 250 yards into a swamp farther inland. The winds were very strong with gusts off scale on an anemometer which read up to 225 kts. Gusts were estimated at 150 to 180 knots. NOAA were reporting gusts of this range in the wall of the eye. Emmer (one of the guys from Mangrove Bight) was picked up by the wind and was being blown through the air but managed to grab on to a tree and save himself. He is the same person who hacked and slashed, for 3 hours to go 1 mile, in the aftermath debris to find my folks. As far as Mom knows no one in Mangrove was hit by flying debris during Mitch! Thankfully. Greg and Sandi's house just around the corner from mangrove Bight was undamaged - probably because it sits right up against a very steep cliff - but the wind generator was damaged. They lost a dive shop that was on the beach. This was the house that had 150 - 200 people in it at the height of the storm. Most of the initial reports came from Greg via his cell phone to his wife Sandi who was on the net in Vancouver. Technology! One of 2 cottages on Crescent Moon right next door to them was oblitterated. The other - Diana's (?) miraculously remained intact. The house on the hill at Crescent Moon was damaged. The top removed with the bottom reasonably OK. Just around the corner Bo Bush's place is OK and has an entire entourage taking much appreciated shelter there, but next to him Dave Stilley's house is gone completely. There are 13-14 houses still standing in Mangrove Bight but all are damaged. The library top is gone. Captain Al's place in the cut is OK, but we understand the ground water there is contaminated. Funny enough the surge in the cut was not overly high. Many boats were sheltered there and the majority of the fishing fleet is fine. Some boats are out fishing already - good on them. Quite a few smaller boats were sunk near Capt Al's. The airstrip there has been in full swing since last week some time. My Mom says she's never seen so many plane's around. There have been numerous Islena and Rollins Air flights in from La Ceiba.The Carribean Star has been doing yeoman's service with non stop runs back and forth to Tampa. She's been a great service to get donations to the islands. Stuff for particular people has to be paid for however general goods for distribution are accepted free of freight charge by Deep Reef Trading. A friend in Tampa says they have at least 2 loads waiting for them on the dock in Tampa with more pouring in all the time. Mary is worried about malaria but my Uncle a very well respected Toxicology Boilogist says it will likely not be a major problem in the islands and for a while as a reservoir of infected people would be required to start the transmission cycle. Dengue and gastro are more likely to be problems in the short term. Back at Palm Point (Near Mangrove Bight), the swamp is now a lagoon (sand has blocked the opening - part of the blessing in disguise). The Yanmar diesel generator motor is running and their generator is working, despite the salt water. A number of things have been found. These include: the diving bottles, some hand tools, tool boxes, batteries, some solar panels, Mary's large red carpet - under 2 feet of mud, some hinges - which they usto put a door on the 6 x 6 generator shack theyre living in - the only structure, apart from a couple of water tanks, that survived on their part of the beach, some kayak paddles, and two bottles of single malt scotch (one already consumed). Two of their outboards are apparently running and Keith and Sandra's Solomon's Boat is OK and being used to ferry stuff across the lagoon. The old lifeboat "Capt Pugwash" is still 250yds up in the mangroves as it is too heavy to easily move. The Black Rock boat is severely (terminally?) damaged and there are only pieces of Doug's new boat (the Gumboot) left. Theyve also found pieces of a large boat washed up on the shore. At the height of the storm my Dad recalls hearing an engine running. So, it is possible that the Fantome may have foundered in the vicinity, God bless her Crew. Supplies are coming in with some regularity and food is no longer a severe problem. Everyone is wary to make sure they get fresh water when someone brings it around too. Fuel (gasoline and diesel) is available. Sandi brought chain saws with her on the Star and these have been very useful to cut away the debris. What is needed most now is time and person power to help clean up and rebuild. High on the desirable list also: Fiberglass and resin as many of the surviving boats need to be repaired. LUMBER - just starting to see some arrive today. WD40 or similiar solvent / lubricant / dessicant to stop rusting metal bits Snorkelling gear for recovery Outboard electrical parts and fuel tank hoses. Many locals lost their boats and therfore their method of transport. We need to start canvassing to get small boats and outboards for the locals if possible - perhaps recommend various aid groups buy them. Anyone with the time to write a letters to the effect, please info me. I also thought about seeing if Mariner, Yamaha and Honda would donate parts, especially the electrical parts which are mostly ruined, to repair "their" engines. I can get a list of parts required from Guanaja to forward. Same with putting in a request to Homelite, Husqvarna and McCullough for chainsaws. Not just for Guanaja but for all the areas of Honduras that need them. If anyone has the time - go for it! A Canadian HAM operator called Chris Tiller in Costa Rica has very kindly donated a radio to my Mom, to replace the one she lost and to help provide a reliable communication medium, for the North Side of Guanaja. It should arrive shortly and were looking forward to being able to do more frequent calls. Chris rallied a whole slew of people across Florida to help, and the radio relay - so to speak - has been a real team effort. THANKS to all involved. Yes, you too Herb Crawford. More updates once we get the radio set up. Graham Solomon
-HELP- Date: Fri, 06 Nov 98 22:10:05 -0800 From: Sharon Perry (Perry1@worldnet.att.net) Subject: HELP! Looking for a Friend Gert, I have just visited your site and think it is great people are helping people find loved ones. We are looking for a special friend who lives in Tegucigalpa. Her name is LUZ ZAMBRANO. The last address I have for her is just a Post Office Box. It is P.O. Box # 4284, Tegucigalpa, D.C. If anyone knows anything about her, please let us know. We know too, she has a daughter, Flory, who the last we knew was living in San Pedro Sula and taught English and Computers. If anyone knows anything about them please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and please tell them they are in our prayers as everyone in Honduras is. Thank you, Sharon Perry
-HELP- Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 23:19:42 -0000 From: Sonja Gray (email@example.com) Subject: Looking for friends Can you help? We have heard no information about Yoro, Yoro. I am looking for a friend.The complete address is as follows: Erika Juliana George M. Borrio Santiago Yoro, Yoro Honduras CA Erika lived across from a Catholic Convent or compound in Yoro with her mother, father and brother and sister.Could you at least let me know about the conditions in this area?Anything will be much appreciated. May God bless you in your efforts. Sonjalarry@alltel.net
-(WANT TO) HELP- Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 20:50:57 -0600 From: Carter and Teresa (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: want to help friends on utila have friends on utila. want to do what i can. can anyone give me info on the island, and how to get supplies, food, clothing there? i would dearly love to hear from nada and/or jernigan cooper-trudys. anything that i can spare i will send as long as i can be assured that it will get to utila. thanks, carter
-HELP- Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 19:05:02 -0700 From: email@example.com Subject: Savannah Bight-Guanaja Thank you all for the updates from Honduras. I have not seen any recent information on Savannah Bight. I'm looking for information about Jenny Lynn and her son, as well as Mike Brown and his family. Can anyone provide information on their condition and specifically relief effort for this small remote village. Is the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Savannah Bight able to receive direct supplies and funds for rebuilding? This is a community of warm and loving people. I know they will come through this horrible event and be a strong community. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-NEWS- -HELP- Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 17:44:13 -0800 From: Bob Morley (email@example.com) Subject: Trujillo Report Hi Gert, Following is part of a report out of Trujillo from missionary Sharon Francis. Sharon has been there 10 years. Her phone number at the bottom is not in service at this time and the web site is under construction. We sent her back with a lap top computer last Feb. thus she is able to get us this report. No power there so the battery in the computer will not last too long. I hope she can set up her fax at the home of Erica so that we can exchange faxes and pass along more info. Erica is her full time assistant. I would also appreciate help in contacting radio evangelist PONCHITO ENAMORADO from Santa Barbara. If any one has contacts in that part of Honduras could you make some inquires please. Also would like to here news of Rodney & Dolly Blaylock, missionaries in San Pedro Sula. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- So far, the people haven't received any of the aid that has come in to Trujillo. So far it has all been confiscated by the soldiers, and put into storage. I don't have a clue why, because people are hungry. Somehow reading about a disaster in the newspapers, or seeing pictures on T.V. is not as real as actually living through the experience yourself. It is children that I know personally who are suffering without food to eat or even a glass of milk to drink. It is families that I know who no longer have homes to live in or a change of clothes to wear. It is parents that I know who are reduced to begging for food for their children. It has been just a week now since hurricane Mitch devastated our country and the destruction is far from being cleaned up. Power lines are down and the poles rooted up. They estimate it will be at least two months before we have electricity again. A few of the homes have telephone service, although mine is gone. Erica still has a phone line. Bridges are out all over Honduras, and Trujillo and its surrounding villages are pretty well cut off. Supplies are being flown in to Trujillo, everyday, but for some reason they are not reaching the people. Lineups are everywhere. I have managed to get approximately $10. of diesel for my truck, so far, and I had to wait 2 hours to get it. Today there is no more fuel. Propane for cooking is nonexistent. The store shelves are nearly empty. Yesterday we visited a neighboring village to carry a few provisions provided by our church. Nearly 100% of the houses were destroyed. Most of the people were living together under one roof. What we carried was so little compared to what they need. I felt so helpless. Later we carried used clothing to one of the local churches, shelter for people from another village destroyed by flooding. I talked to some of the children, and they told me about the river that came and washed away their houses. We aren't able to get to San Francisco, one of the villages where we have worked for several years, but we have heard that it was hit very hard. Fortunately the people evacuated beforehand and no lives were lost. I'm sure that before this is over, I will have much more to tell, but in the meantime, I ask that you pray for these people in their time of need. These are real people with real needs. Erica and family and I are fine. Erica's new house is strong, so it became shelter for 6 families during the storm. Some of the tin lifted on the roof of my house, but it stayed on. I spend much of the nights of the storm claiming the promises of Psalm 91. The church I attend across the road from my house lost about 1/4 of the roof. Although I don't want you to worry, I do ask that you pray. The situation here is critical. Because of the shortage of supplies, people are beginning to steal, and as a result we have a 9:00p.m. military enforced curfew. Please pray for God's protection as we try to help where we can. With much love and thanks for your prayers, Sharon ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sharon Francis - Christian Ministries to C.A. Mision Verdad y Vida P.O. Box 6031 Depot 1 Apdo 18 - Trujillo, Colon Victoria, B.C. Canada, V8P 5L4 Honduras, C.A. 32101 Telephone: 478-8436 Telephone/Fax: (504) 434-4072 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW: http://www.islandnet.com/cm email@example.com cc firstname.lastname@example.org and I will fax it if she is not receiving e-mail ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Morley, Bookkeeper islandnet.com
-HELP- Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 19:37:48 EST From: Rvlgoblue1@aol.com Subject: How is Jutaculpa? Dear Gert, I pray daily for the people of Honduras and those like yourself who are helping with search efforts. We took care of a 10 year old boy this summer who was in Michigan for medical care. His family lives in Jutaculpa and we would like any information re: the city. The only address that I have for his family is: Esta es Nuestra Direcion: Carlos Pavon and /or Sara Cruz Casa # 316 Jutaculpa (Grand Express T64. 800) Phone # 885-2339 The boy's name is Dimier. Any info you can give us about the town or his family is appreciated. We will continue to pray for you. Thank you.
-HELP- Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 16:12:47 EST From: WCubas@aol.com Subject: looking for the Cubas family. I am looking for any information on the Cubas family from la Ceiba.Any information is greatly appreciate. (Julio Cubas ) Wendy Cubas email@example.com
-RELIEF- Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 12:54:09 -0500 From: Marty Maayan (firstname.lastname@example.org) Gert-- most everything to build houses quickly in Honduras has been donated or is being so. We have our builder there already and molds for the blocks-- our houses are easily built and very quickly. We still need donations of concrete there and a few other small things and we can get going and we can even show the individuals how to build their own houses and give them the materials to do so. marty maayan Some more info I received earlier from Marty: From: Marty Maayan (email@example.com) Subject: housing for Honduras/Guatemale and Belize I am a babe in arms but have been given the rights to a very special process of building houses which are, environmentally sound, hurriucane proof, comfortabel, attractive and quite inexpensive to build. I have the rights to those licenses and the company has waived the fees for 6 months. I am looking for people who might be able to fund the project on the ground. The company has molds for creating the very special block with which a few children can put up a house in about 2 weeks and adults in a matter of days. Please help me to help others. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone is 352-684-6719 here in Florida. Thank you. Marty Maayan The company is called: Environmental House -Gert
-NEWS- Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 14:22:03 -0600 From: Elias Rodas Alvarez (email@example.com) Subject: Recovering in Honduras Dear Gert: Here in Honduras we are slowly getting back to normality. It has not been such a pleasant experience the one that we just lived, but I think that in the end, we will have something good coming out of the bad. I don't know how much did you know about Honduras before Mitch, but I will tell you that back then, most people did not have a purpose, but only the selfishness of working for oneself, and the honduran was always expecting that someone else would do something for him/her. Now, it is good to see that everyone knows the common goal we have ahead: rebuild a new Honduras. When you talk to everyone, you can see that everyone wants to work hard for this country and make it better. We still have many limitations: no water in most parts of the cities, no food, no gasoline, but nobody is complaining, just working and waiting patiently for a better future. As always, there are those who think that food will come down from heaven, but they're just a few. We are very thankful for the international aid which is helping a lot, specially the one from Mexico, which has even sent their Health minister to closely see what has happenned here.
I just received the following report from RE/MAX; note that it is dated Wednesday, November 4. -Gert -NEWS- Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 12:12:56 -0700 From: REMAX (firstname.lastname@example.org) ROATAN ISLAND HURRICANE MITCH UPDATE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1998 HURRICANE MITCH VEERED AWAY FROM ROATAN (ONE OF THE SIX BAY ISLANDS) LAST WEEK AND THE MAJORITY OF THE VERY STRONG WINDS MISSED THIS ISLAND. AS THE HURRICANE APPROACHED THE EASTERN END OF ROATAN, WINDS DECLINED FROM 155 TO 100 MILES PER HOUR. UNFORTUNATELY, IT HOVERED OVER GUANAJA ISLAND FOR SEVERAL DAYS WHERE IT CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. THE HURRICANE THEN MOVED OVER THE MAINLAND HONDURAN MOUNTAINS. IF THIS SWITCH IN DIRECTION HAD NOT OCCURED, ROATAN WOULD HAVE EXPERIENCED SERIOUS PROBLEMS. FORTUNATELY, THE BAY ISLANDS GENERALLY DO NOT HAVE STRONG HURRICANES (THE LAST ONE WAS IN 1974) BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT OF THE MAINLAND MOUNTAINS ON THE WINDS AND THE USUAL NORTHWESTWARD MOVEMENT OF STORMS, I.E. AWAY FROM US. THERE WERE NO INJURIES ON THE 34 MILE LONG ISLAND OF ROATAN AND CERTAINLY NO DEATHS AMONG OUR POPULATION OF 25,000 PEOPLE. EXCEPT FOR A FEW ROATAN COMMUNITIES LIKE PUNTA GORDA, VERY FEW HOMES WERE DAMAGED. WE DO HAVE TREE DAMAGE AND BEACH EROSION IN A FEW PLACES. ALTHOUGH, IN OTHER AREAS THE BEACHES HAVE BUILT UP WITH FRESH, NEW WHITE SAND. ELECTRICITY AND TELEPHONE ARE WORKING ON 95% OF ROATAN AND PLANES ARE ARRIVING AND DEPARTING. TOURISTS NOW ARE RETURNING TO ROATAN TO ENJOY THE PRISTINE REEFS AND OUR MILES OF BEACHES. AT PALMETTO BAY, WE LOST A FEW SHINGLES ON THE HOUSES AND PART OF OUR DOCK; BUT EVERYTHING ELSE IN TERMS OF BUILDINGS ARE FINE. SINCE ALL THE ELECTRIC LINES ARE UNDERGROUND, WE WERE SPARED ANY DAMAGE. THE NEW RESTAURANT STILL WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER. CURRENTLY, WE HAVE PEOPLE WORKING IN PALMETTO TO PUT TREES AND BUSHES UPRIGHT; TO PRUNE; AND TO REMOVE DAMAGED PLANTS. PALMETTO BAY'S 40 ACRES OF TROPICAL FOREST PRESERVES, WET LANDS BIRD RESEVE, AND THE TROPICAL GARDENS AND PARKS CAME THROUGH IN GOOD SHAPE. THERE IS NO DAMAGE TO THE BOARD WALKWAYS OR GAZEBOS. ON THE POSITIVE SIDE, OUR 1-MILE LONG BEACH IS MUCH WIDER AND HAS WHITER SAND THAN EVER BEFORE! OUR RE/MAX BAY ISLANDS STAFF (LYLE, ALAN, MARGOT, TOM, SHARON, CONNIE, JILL) ARE FINE AND WE ARE ANSWERING OUR E-MAIL AND CONFIRMING RENTALS FOR OUR VACATION HOMES. PARTS OF THE MAINLAND OF HONDURAS HAVE CONSIDERABLE FLOOD DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY TO ROADS AND BRIDGES. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO GET AID TO THEM. BUT, THE MAINLAND IS MORE THAN 40 MILES FROM US. THE MAINLAND AIRPORT AT SAN PEDRO SULA WILL BE CLOSED THIS MONTH, BUT FLIGHTS STILL ARE COMING INTO ROATAN DIRECTLY FROM HOUSTON, NEW ORLEANS, MIAMI, AND BELIZE. THE TOURIST VACATION HOMES ARE FUNCTIONING ON ROATAN AND ARE CLEANED UP AND READY. VIRTUALLY ALL THE HOTELS ARE OPEN EXCEPT FOR ANTHONY'S KEY RESORT WHICH IS DELAYED. WE ALL ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SHRIMP AND LOBSTER AGAIN BECAUSE OUR 300 BOAT FLEET LEFT ITS PROTECTED MOORAGE ON ROATAN SEVERAL DAYS AGO. COME VISIT US SOON. RE/MAX BAY ISLANDS
-HELP- Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 14:03:45 EST From: RobieLee@aol.com Subject: Utila Please E me or post info on the co-ordinator for Utila relief..you're doing a great job! Robin
-HELP- Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 12:42:07 -0500 From: bill & nancy hawkins (email@example.com) Subject: Guanaja Looking for friends who are building a house in El Bight, Their names are Jean and David (from England) and have been living on their boat "SunBird" anchored in El Bight. Sorry, don't know their last names or whether they have already moved in. Saw them last Feb. and had'nt moved in yet. Hope you can find something out. We are cruisers and have spent a great bit of time in Guanaja - our hearts go out to these lovely, friendly people. Sending a check through Bayman Bay Club. Nancy & Bill - "Wind Hawk" firstname.lastname@example.org
-NEWS- -RELIEF UPDATE- (see earlier messages) Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 09:18:12 -0800 From: loretta.miles (email@example.com) Subject: Re: Honduras News Dear Gert, My husband continues to call and give me updates on the situation in Roatan. Specific areas we have talked about are West End and West Bay (minor damage), Half Moon Bay (minor damage), Mangrove Bit (minor damage), Anthony's Key Resort (moderate to major damage), Sandy Bay (minor damage), Pollitilly Bite (moderate to major damage), Punta Gorda (extreme damage), Oakridge (moderate to major damage), Jonesville (moderate to major damage), French Harbor (minor to moderate damage), Coxen Hole (minor damage). The airport is operating again, power is on to most parts of the island, most phones are working on the west end of the island (Hondutel in Coxen Hole is operating), supplies are beginning to come in, and the sun is shining. A major effort is underway to clean and repair what remains of villages and neighborhoods and an all out effort has been made to share and take care of those most desperately in need. Hundreds of bodies are beginning to float a shore (assumed from the flooding on the mainland) and this heartbreaking task is being dealt with, as well. I have personally responded to over 140 e-mails as a result of these postings, mostly to people desperate for information about a friend or loved one and have been able, with the help of my husband, Alex, and of Phil at the Sunset Inn/Ocean Diver's Resort (http://www.roatanet.com/nitrox), to supply most of these people with the information they needed. The value of contacts we have been able to make through you have been felt around the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My donation fund is growing but money is still desperately needed. Checks and money orders should be made out to and mailed to HURRICANE MITCH RELIEF, P.O. Box 2273, Salem, OR 97308. All money donated is tax dedutible and will go DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE OF PUNTA GORDA to help rebuild their homes (over 120 lost to sea). No management fees or governement pocket liners will be deducted, instead I personally will hand carry the money to Punta Gorda assuring us all that EVERY DOLLAR DONATED GETS TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST. I have also offered to take money (on November 19) directly to specific individuals or families if supplied with names and good directions of how to find them. In this case, special arrangements can be made either through the same mailing address or by phone (503-585-8849) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). I currently have enough donations to rebuild two simple family homes, but with the number of homeless left in the wake of this monster Mitch, this is but a speck of sand on the beach. THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE NEED US NOW. They have opened their homes to us, let us share the beauty of their island, welcomed us with their unique hospitality. It is time for us to give something back. This is a plea to everyone reading this post. I need your help to rebuild this village. Thank you, Gert, for allowing me to post again. Sincerely, Loretta Miles de Martinez Wife of Captain Alex on The Adventure Girl
-HELP- Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 07:22:46 -0800 From: Carol Bellinger (email@example.com) Subject: El Progreso Yoro I am desparately searching for information on our adopted daughter's birth mom in El Progreso: Ana Cristina Avila R. & daughter Beatriz Bo Penjamo #278 Calle Principal (Cuadra y media de Escuela Ramon Rosa, frente Iglesia de Penjamo) Please help and God bless. Carol Bellinger, Spokane, WA - firstname.lastname@example.org
-NEWS- Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 10:22:19 -0500 From: email@example.com Subject: Utila Relief Folowing is an email I received from my good friends who own Utila Lodge. If any of you can help please do so. Utila is being forgotten somewhat because the property damage there wasn't so great. But their food supplies are dangerously thin. >Dear Friends and Family, > >It has been a grueling week and a half. We in Utila consider ourselves lucky >that we only got the edge of the hurricane. > >I must address the food situation on Utila. Please know that we are living day >to day down here right now and the future is iffy. For the past week, tension >has been really high due to the insecurity of where a lot of the next meals for >the locals and their families are going to come from. Up until yesterday the >shelves in the stores were bare, but thankfully, last night there was a supply >boat that came into Utila with a pretty good supply of food. People were >pushing, shoving, and fighting to get to the food, but I believe that there was >enough for the people that have money to purchase a little each. Not so lucky >for the people who have been out of work for the last 2 weeks. Tomorrow, I hear >a boat is coming from Port of Cortez. I spoke with the wife of the owner and >she says that they were also able to find a pretty good supply. So the >desperation for food that was here yesterday has been toned down for now. >However, we have no way of knowing what the food supply will be like tomorrow >or next week. We have spoken to our local food distributors who have informed >us that their supplies are depleting rapidly, and are uncertain of how they >will be replenished. So the concern lies in the days and weeks ahead. > >Considering there are no tourists on the island anymore, workers on Utila are >limited to jobs they can find day to day, therefore, making it difficult to >sustain their families. We are trying to help most of our employees but with >the lodge being shut down there is not enough work for everyone, (this of >course is the same with every tourism based business, along with the rest of >the businesses in Honduras), but they continue to look to us for food and >support. It will take more than several weeks/months (until tourism picks up >again) for the people on the island to get their money situation back in >hand. > > >If after reading this information, you feel that you would like to contribute >anything to this situation that could help ease the troubled days ahead, it >will be greatly appreciated by us all. In this case, email me for the address >of the Utila coordinator. >(Clothing is not a necessity for Utila, but are for the mainland and Guanaja.) > >Thank you all for the prayers you've sent our way. > >Kisty >e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > >The mayor, Monteray Cardones has released a statement on the subject of food >for Utila. Here it is: > >This is to notify of our needs on the island and throughout the country. >We are in need of any help we can get, especially FOOD SUPPLIES. No doubt in >the weeks ahead we are to face hard times. It touches our hearts to hear that >you all have started a relief effort for our people. >Seventy five percent of our crops throughout our country have been wiped out, >on Utila, ninety nine percent is gone. So any help you can give us will be >gratefully appreciated. >Our harbors and docks are still operational. Central and Local Authorities are >here to help manifest the goods. >Sincerely, >Monterey Cardones > > >Utila Lodge >Kisty Engel >Utila, Bay Islands >Honduras C.A. >
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