Sweet Water would like to welcome our new Project Manager, Rebekah Hulseman to the team! Bekah has a background in cultural anthropology, is an incredible self taught chef and we feel fortunate to have her and her positive, ambitious attitude on our side. She has lent a hand for the last couple of months […]
Sometimes in this fast paced world, when you are trying to motivate a village and struggle through small time fundraisers, and you think you might be the only one left to contribute in a destination full of “just passing through” backpackers, you find someone who wants to help, and they come out of the blue. […]
Winter in Nicaragua is hit or miss, as I have seen it devastate a school bus in a mud pit and I’ve seen it sunny with perfect surf. I remember specifically four years ago, wading across the river “Rio Dulce” (otherwise known as Rio Colorado) with my computer at arms length over my head […]
Well, there are two things we learned from a fundraiser in Gigante… Nicaraguan’s love American clothing and fried meat tortilla pockets. We learned a slew of other good things too like how to work together as a team, how to organize an event, how to advertise for an event and how to double your profit. […]
India Reinartz and Chapin Kreuter, previous residents of Playa Gigante and friends of Walter and Maria were living in Australia when they read the emotional letter I wrote in my last attempts for a remedy for little Luis (see previous posts about Luis and Leukemia). Overrun by helplessness being so far away, India led a […]
A big shout out thank you to the always-generous Mefford/ Dozah family, who, in lieu of buying Christmas presents for each other last year, spent their loot on uniforms for the Gigante women’s softball team. Debra and Gary Mefford, Pat Dozah, Denise Dozah and Maureen Stanton all pitched in to give the girls matching, functioning […]
I was shocked to learn that not only the doctor was happy to come to the village for a presentation, but it in fact, was her job. She also had a personal mission to spread the word of safe sex and teenage pregnancy prevention. Accustomed to the standard ignorant state of this rural Nicaraguan village […]
The people of Gigante were happy to thank Debra Mefford, dental hygienist and Sweet Water board member, for the tooth brushes she donated and personally delivered last week. They were also quick to grab a brush for their cousin, sister, nephew and so on. Thankfully Debra brought enough for fourteen families including babies and toddlers […]
The Sweet Water Fund, Inc. would like to take this opportunity to thank one of it’s biggest supporters and board members, Peggy Love. There is no doubt to her last name as Peggy generously contributed enough funds to cover school supplies, uniforms and backpacks for 32 kids in Gigante all before the school season […]
Thanks to Tom Eaton, Jeff Corfman, Kyle Slager and Sean Peake for helping Walter pay off Luis debt from his initial Leukemia treatment!
Seven years ago, Luis Obando was diagnosed with Leukemia and it came as quite a shock to the family of this darling five year old. Without prior cancer knowledge, the family spend […]
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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