International Samaritan's 5th Annual Charity Ride Builds Homes in Granada, Nicaragua

Participants from the 2013 4th Annual Charity Ride.
Participants from the 2013 4th Annual Charity Ride.

Begins: Friday, August 29, 2014 in Ann Arbor, MI
Ends: Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Harbor Springs, MI
Duration: 330 miles with stops in Ithaca, Roscommon/Higgins Lake, and Harbor Springs

In Granada, Nicaragua, near the La Joya garbage dump, you will see many homes made of plastic, cardboard, tin, and rotted wood. Occasionally an old mattress springs from a fence in front of the home. There is rarely electricity, no running water, and many do not even have an outdoor latrine.

International Samaritan plans to construct homes for two deserving families with every mile traveled in this year’s Charity Ride. These homes will be made of concrete and bricks. They will have a roof and multiple rooms so the entire family does not have to sleep in one room together on the dirt floor. These families will also feel safer knowing their home will not collapse when there is severe weather or earthquakes.

Each house costs around $7,500.

International Samaritans mission is to serve victims of severe poverty by partnering with them and others to alleviate hunger, homelessness, endemic disease, and ignorance. We work closely with the local government to assess the needs and then establish programs to provide for those needs. In Granada, the need for adequate hosing is the most pressing.  Now, with the help of our volunteers and donations, houses are being constructed.

Suggested Donations: Please make pledges for $1, $5, $10, $20 or $100  per mile (total of 330 miles)

For more information contact Bart Thompson through email or phone.

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