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Everyone in town knows that in order to get to the ball field, you must pass through Mama Reyna’s neighborhood, a heavily shaded ring of dilapidated houses filled with fishing nets and yappy dogs. Mama Reyna’s house is the sturdiest, as it should be, and ironically her husband, Don Tucho, happily sleeps outside in a […]
Anyone who lives in Gigante knows that the years go faster here than anywhere, for everyday is filled with so much activity from actual hard manual labor to troubleshooting your electrical / internet / water outages. Fortunately, amongst our crazy busy schedules, we were able to pull off some amazing projects and set the tone […]
Nicaragua’s progressive little village, Playa Gigante, started their first band program in honor of the battle of the bands in Tola for Nicaragua’s Independence day. The Sweet Water Fund helped fund the music program’s teachers and encourage the students to get involved. Keeping the arts alive!
Mark Kirwin, founder of Kirfaid.org (Kirwin international relief foundation) came to visit Playa Gigante on behalf of the Ventura, California Rotary club last month. A recognizance mission of sorts, to see how the Ventura Rotary could contribute to the village, Mark was moved by the force of the women’s softball team in Gigante and offered […]
Want to know the best way to help? Become a Sweet Water Ambassador and organize something like a yard sale, bake sale, art show, or run a race or really anything in your neighborhood where you raise money for a particular project here!
We had another amazing girl do this with her batmitzvah, and she […]
As many of you may already know, Sweet Water has a non-profit store in the center of Gigante where all proceeds go back into our community projects. This was our idea of a sustainable way to keep funding flowing. Since part of our mission is to re-introduce a pre-war artisan culture back to this area […]
The Sweet Water Store in Playa Gigante is now featuring brand new limited item Prana Yoga gear! The popular climbing / Yoga wear company, represented by Meme Snell, a frequent visitor and surfer in Gigante has taken an interest in Sweet Water and was inspired by the new fitness/yoga movement with the local ladies in […]
How many of you travel for work or do a vacation once a year? How many of those destinations are places with people in need? See, a non-profit organization is exactly what it sounds like. The directors of the organization make no profit; all goes to the people or animals in need and the organization […]
One afternoon, the Sweet Water staff decided to get crafty as we pulled together our top designers and developers to create our new art influence project in Gigante, set to begin next month. Okay, so it was just US and Bootsie Boddington, a successful jewelry maker in Crested Butte, Colorado who collaborates with Red […]
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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