Archive for August, 2010

A Story about some Good Friends from Holland

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Here’s a personal message from Félix, our project administrator in Nicaragua.

Back in about 1996, when Angelica and I had a small vegetarian restaurant, we met Dr. Gert Brillenburg from Holland who supported several social projects in the department of Chinandega in Nicaragua. One of those projects was for people with problems with hypertension and diabetes. He asked my wife Angelica to help him by giving some talks on vegetarian cooking and nutrition to people attending his program. Until October of 1998 Angelica helped with that program, but because of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 we got involved in rescuing and helping the people affected by that disaster, and our lives took an unforeseen turn. We had to close our business, and we ended up taking care of the orphan children from Hurricane Mitch in a program that was created with the support of many friends and which is operated by International Children’s Care (ICC) here in Nicaragua in the department of Chinandega and which we now know as Fountain of Life Family Home.

From the start Dr. Brillenburg was one of the people who really believed in this project and has enthusiastically supported it all this time. But not only that, he also invited a couple who are friends of his, Nico and Corry Hooijmaaijer, to support this project as well. And this has resulted in a great blessing for our children’s village, not only because of their great financial support, but also because of the energy and strength that they give us with their words of encouragement, their trust and their friendship both by letters and by a couple of visits they have made – the last one being in April of this year, 2010.

Nico Hooijmaaijer and Dr. Gert Brillenburg

Nico Hooijmaaijer and Dr. Gert Brillenburg

In the past when we built the previous orphanage building, these three Dutch friends helped us with different needs. For example, they provided part of the outside wall of our complex, the garden, and the floor in certain areas. With our new children’s village, they have given for the construction of the dairy building, two cows with calves. And recently Nico and Corry donated a new 4.5 ton truck. A few weeks ago Dr. Brillenburg let us know that he and his wife sent us some money for more cows. They want us to very soon have a functioning dairy.

Truck Donated To ICC Nicaragua By Nico and Corry Hooijmaaijer

Truck Donated to ICC Nicaragua by Nico and Corry Hooijmaaijer

During all these years God has blessed us with many special people like these Dutch people that they could get to know about this project, and he has placed in their hearts the desire to help. This spirit of unconditional love, expecting nothing in return, inspires us and gives us new strength to continue on.

Thanks for allowing us to tell you this story, although it is in simple and short words, about how God has blessed this work through these wonderful people.

Félix Almendarez
ICC Nicaragua Administrator