The Sweet Water fund is a foundation committed to positively guiding the small fishing village where it was founded as it becomes a traveler hot spot in the ever changing and growing in Popularity, Nicaragua.
The village is Playa Gigante, a town of around 450 locals where the two biggest resources are fishing and tourism. Just in the past two years, it has hit big on the traveler circuit due to it’s proximity to world class surf. The people of Gigante, who were once un-privy to such things as ipods and the English language, are now rapidly being influenced by the american way.
The Sweet Water founder, after personally witnessing the influx of tourism and the already positive and negative effects it can have, took it on herself to try to embrace the visitors properly and prepare her neighbors for what could be great opportunities for them financially, healthfully and educationally. “We want to help direct the locals in a positive direction where they can benefit from the tourism, versus the all too common path of drugs, theft and personal distruction. This is our way of giving back, as foreign travelers to these beautiful cultural beaches.” This is a win win for everyone, locals and tourists.
• The average Nicaraguan woman is unemployed.
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Thank YOU to our awesome Donors for the BALL FIELD!
Yosi Ohayon - New York, NY
Pauline Mefford - Phoenix, AZ
Richard Cowen - Martha's Vineyard, MA
Mike Kramer - New York, NY
Denise Dozah - Casper, WY
Lynne Maher - Aqua, Nicaragua
Bootsie Boddington - Crested Butte, CO
Lindsey Sherman - Iguana, Nicaragua
Mark & Angela Kirwin of Kirfaid.org
Jim Norton - Chesapeake, VA
Sweet·wa·ter [sweet-waw-ter,] –nounIn Latin American coastal towns, known as agua dulce, Sweet water is a local term for fresh water. Fresh water tastes "sweet" compared to salt water. It's rivers are usually the life blood of Latin communities, in which most are built off its fertile banks. Sweet water is the basis for vegetation, growth and life. The Sweet water effect is a representation of movement toward satisfying a hunger of knowledge and good health, an inspirational, positive growth in community, and an improved life for everyone.
Board of Directors
KASSIDY MEFFORD - Photographer, writer, Owner/Operator of Dale Dagger Surf tours Nicaragua, and Sweetwater Founder
PEGGY LOVE - Founder of Full Circle International Relocations Inc., President/ Education Services of Dwellwork, LLC and incredible motivating contributor
DEBRA MEFFORD - Dental Hygienist, Emergency medical technician, beautiful philanthropist and land owner in Nicaragua
DONA KOPOL BONICK - Photographer, gardener, fabulous creator and doer of all things possible
JOHN BONICK - Photographer, painter, and poet with a grand appreciation for fine Nicaraguan cigars
RYAN MAHER - Accomplished freelance painter, eccentric artist, inspirational teacher and storyteller
LYNNE MAHER - Registered Nurse and volunteer with MINSA, devoted scuba diver, traveler and Nicaragua resident with infectious good spirit