The Kamloops Firefighters Operation Nicaragua has won BC Council for International Cooperation’s Commitment to Global Cooperation award! This award recognizes individuals, groups, businesses, and organizations in the media, the public or private sectors who demonstrate their global vision through exceptional commitment to international cooperation. The award will be presented at BCCIC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, September 28th, 2012 in Vancouver. Here is Operation Nicaragua’s winning biography:
Kamloops Firefighters Operation Nicaragua is a collaboration of firefighters, community volunteers, businesses, and partner organizations, both in Canada and in Nicaragua. The key to our organizations successful delivery of 8 shipping containers and 9 emergency vehicles (with an additional 2 containers and 3 emergency vehicles en route) is working extensively and with our Nicaraguan partner; the Bomberos (firefighters) of Chinandega and Fire Chief Gerry Caceres. With this alliance the Chinadega Bomberos conduct extensive surveys of communities in need and facilitate the delivery of items on a household level. We focus on delivering to households and institutions that have no financial means of purchasing items for themselves, as not to disrupt the local economy. For example, our clothing and shoe distribution targets impoverished seniors and mental institutions, orphanages, garbage dump and fishing communities where self-procurement of these donated items is not feasible.
Gearbulk Shipping and the Conconi Family Foundation are the other essential keys to our operation. With Gearbulks generous assistance we have virtually eliminated the cost to move the donations from Canada to Nicaragua and the Conconi Family have provided the financial means to bring several projects to fruition.
Some achievements of the group are: construction of a community centre in El Limonal, Establishing a fire station in El Veijo, Delivering 9 fire trucks and an ambulance to 5 cities across Nicaragua, equipping 5 hospitals with medical supplies and equipment, providing water filtration units to hundreds, and clothing thousands of disaster victims and others unable to purchase these items on their own.
It also must be noted that any successes achieved by our group is owed to the countless hours our volunteers contribute, the assistance of numerous businesses and the support of our partner organizations. To summarize, Kamloops Firefighters Operation Nicaragua is less of an organization and more of a collaboration of hundreds of caring individuals spanning and uniting our globe.
You can also watch CFJC TV’s local news story on the group here. Congratulations to the entire Kamloops Firefighters Operation Nicaragua team!