Somos Ohana Nicaragua sends a big mahalo and gracias to the individuals, groups and businesses that helped us raise funds at our annual rummage sale and country store April 5 to further the funding of our summer 2014 projects in rural northwestern Nicaragua.
Many thanks to Pukalani Elementary School, Evonuk Farms, Ohana Drapery & Upholstery, Satisha Smith of Da Kine Herbs, Watanabe Vegetable Processing LLC, Akaku Television and Lucienne DeNaie, The Maui News, The Maui Weekly, The Lahaina News, The Maui Bulletin, Mana'o Radio, Carlos Hernandez of KNUI, other radio stations, and the countless individuals who support us with their donations and purchases of goods or their volunteer time and service.
Proceeds from the sale will boost our fund for a regional secondary school to be started this summer, which will serve students from rural communities north of Villanueva, Department of Chinandega, who have had no high school. Our other 2014 projects include our third annual day camp for special-needs youth, bike donations for rural secondary students with very long commutes to their school, and tuition help for two college students studying to become teachers and therapists.
Somos Ohana Nicaragua
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Praise be to God! A huge mahalo to Joyce and Wes Higuchi, Michele and Daryl Sakuma, Kahului Baptist Church and its members, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and Maui County's Department of Water Supply for all your undying love, unwavering prayers and endless support during our time of need. A benefit yard sale was held at Kahului Baptist Church on behalf of Billy Martinellie, who is suffering from cancer, on March 22. Your generosity will forever be remembered and is truly appreciated! May God continue to bless each and every one of you and your families abundantly.
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William & Gail Martinellie
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On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Na Hoaloha - Neighbors Helping Neighbors, we wish to acknowledge the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church's generous donation of office space since we opened our doors as the Maui Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers in 1996. Over the years, we have been able to provide thousands of rides and friendly visits to homebound seniors and people with disabilities.
We sincerely thank the church leadership, staff and parishioners for their gracious hospitality.
Joyce Afalla, president
Na Hoaloha - Neighbors Helping Neighbors