We are excited to report that we have put your donations to good use. Thus far, we have directly helped 400 people. Each of them received 30 pounds of new clothing, since they had lost everything. In addition, 150 of them received five pouds of corn to make tortillas and five pounds of beans. The basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter are still urgent. We appreciate your contributons so far, and look forward to helping more with more of these urgent needs in the near future. You can see from the photos that the needs are great. Getting hit with back to back hurricanes is devastating. The people are resilient, and we are working with them to get them what they need, hopefully before hurricane season this year.
Getting to higher ground
May 5, 2021
Continuing to Care for Manuel
By Margaret Shackell - Mayor Potencial Volunteer
Some of the wonderful things he gets thanks to you
Thanks to your generous support, we continue to be able to send lifesaving food, medications, pediasure, and monthly supply of wipes, diapers and other basic care items. We met Manuel back in November while we were working on another project. Ever since November, Manuel has been able to meet his basic needs. He is gaining weight and smiles more. His family is very thankful for your support. Additionally, we are currently working on another project to help Manuel. We are raising funds for a special wheelchair that provides the neck support that he needs. He currently goes outside on a children's stroller but it's not adequate for him.
We truly appreciate your generosity to Mayor Potencial and Manuel.
Apr 27, 2021
Annual Operating Expenses Update
By Margaret Shackell - Board Member, Mayor Potencial
2,000 pounds of rice and beans
We do have regular operating expenses, like website hosting, postage and printing, but we also use the Operating Expense funds to cover other items that we haven't directly fundraised for. Sometimes opportunites that are too good to pass up are presented to us. That happened recently. We worked with CapeCares and Knights of Malta to secure a donation of food for the people of El Rodeito and the other nearby villages.
We received and delivered rice, beans, some masks, and some flip flops. The items were free, except for the cost to pick up and deliver. We needed to rent a commercial truck for $400. It was too much food for a small truck.
We picked up ten 100 lb bags of rice and ten 100 lb bags of beans. We delivered this much needed food on April 11th.