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Nonprofit to Hold Huge Rummage Sale for Projects in Nicaragua

April 14, 2011
Maui Weekly

The sale this year is moving to a new location, the Pukalani Elementary School cafeteria at 2945 Iolani St. in Pukalani.

Rummage will include carloads of treasures of all kinds for kids and adults, including a great country store with jams, jellies, vegetables, fruits, baked goods and plants.

The Pukalani-based non-profit is raising funds to build a much-needed solar-powered water supply in a small rural community in the municipality of Villanueva, Chinandega province, in northern Nicaragua. The solar pump and storage tank to be purchased and installed by the Maui organization, with pipes provided by the municipal government, will bring clean water to homes and the high school building that the group completed in 2009. The system will provide the first running water ever in that community for drinking, cooking, hygiene and disease prevention.

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Nestor Alvarez and his mother, Dominga Alvarez of Mayocunda, Chinandega Province, Nicaragua, appreciate the bicycle provided by the Somos ‘Ohana Nicaragua bicycle program.

This summer will be the organization’s 12th annual visit bringing aid and solidarity to the people of several small villages near the Honduran border.

Funds for additional bikes, at a cost of $80 each, are also being sought. Some students walk two hours each way to the high school, since their families, who are living on about $2 U.S. per day, cannot afford bus fare.

The Somos ‘Ohana Nicaragua bicycle program, which requires a commitment for school attendance, good grades and bike maintenance, provided 15 students with bicycles in 2009 and a few more in 2010.

For more information about Somos ‘Ohana Nicaragua or to find out how you can help, call Charlotte or Dan Flavin at 572-9898 and visit



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