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Fisherman Aid after Fire | Sweet Water Fund, Inc. | Nicaragua non-profit organization • foundation

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DONATE AND RECIEVE A PERSONAL THANK YOU FROM WALTER & FAMILY!
Click the DONATE button below to contribute to Walter’s Boat Fund




We are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, so all contributions are tax deductible.

You are also welcome to send checks to:

Sweet Water Fund, Inc.
1228 Aspen Lane
Powell, WY
82435

 

CAPTAIN WALTER’S STORY

Walter Obando has been a fisherman in the village of Playa Gigante, Nicaragua for over twenty years. His legacy is strong and he is a sort of legend in this small fishing community in which he was raised. It has been told that in one afternoon, Walter brought in over 200 pounds of lobster; a record still to this day.

In 2008, Walter began working for the Dale Dagger Surf Lodge, as a boat captain for surfers on all inclusive surf tours to make a steady income for his family, while continuing to fish. It was immediately recognized that Walter was a different kind of employee. His work ethic was incomparable, and his generosity was beyond grand. Walter worked harder than anyone we had ever seen, and with honesty, integrity and perseverance.

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Walter’s oldest son Luis, is the reason that the Sweet Water Fund was founded. Luis suffered from Leukemia, and the family struggled to pay for his treatment and transport to the cancer hospital three hours away. Walter had taken out a loan of $1000 from his neighbors to help pay for Luis’ treatments and worked extra, as much as he could, to pay it back over the years. With the initial help from Sweet Water, we were able to help him pay back the loan and continue to help Luis get to and from the hospital safely and comfortably. Unfortunately, in 2011, Luis lost his battle with Leukemia and died on the way home from one of his treatments at the tender age of twelve years old.

Two years later, Walter picked his head up and forged on. He knew that he still had a family to support and set out to focus on his dream of owning his own fishing boat. He saved all of his tips he received from the guests at the Surf Lodge, and a portion of his salary for over four years. He was able to save enough to buy a new boat and engine, paint it up with Maria’s name, and send it out to work. Walter often would gift the clients at the lodge with fresh lobster he caught, as a thank you for their gracious tips.

In 2012, unfortunate circumstances left Walter without his engine. The boat shed in which he stored his engine at night, was raided by Narcotic officers and everything in the shed was confiscated. The owner of the boat shed was arrested, and all the material items still remain in compound. Walter was devastated. He worked with a legal team to try to get his motor back, as it never belonged to the boat shed owner, but it was caught in a mess that would never be resolved.

In true Walter fashion, he never gave up, and he devised a plan to get a new engine. He borrowed enough money from his mother in law to put a down payment on a new engine and make monthly payments to the bank. The bank granted him this loan, and he was back in business! His wife Maria, was also 8 months pregnant with a new baby boy at the time, and they were beyond thrilled.

Two months later, in September of 2013, his team was diving for lobster with a faulty air compressor, when the air compressor shot sparks onto the boat. Sparks hit the gas tank, and the entire boat ignited into flames. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but Walter’s entire boat and engine were destroyed.

He still owes the bank for his burnt engine. His job, and his crew’s jobs came to a screeching hault. His dream was crushed.

We have been told that Walter could salvage some of his boat parts and be able to put them into a used engine that he has found for sale. He also has informed us that he could find a used boat hull as well. Walter spent close to $11,000 USD on his boat and engine, and has lost it all, with no hopes of ever making that money back. We want to help Walter get back on his feet, keep him out of debt and keep the fisherman working and providing for their families. We have determined that $5000 would be just the kick he needs to get a boat in operation again and keep these families prospering.

This Christmas, give something different. Give something that will make a greater impact. Donate today to Walter’s cause and give jobs back to the struggling, hard working people of Nicaragua.

DONATE AND RECIEVE A PERSONAL THANK YOU FROM WALTER & FAMILY!
Click the DONATE button below to contribute to Walter’s Boat Fund



 

We are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, so all contributions are tax deductible.

You are also welcome to send checks to:

Sweet Water Fund, Inc.
1228 Aspen Lane
Powell, WY
82435

 

 

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