As a small business, The Heron has always been ready, willing & able to help out whenever we can. During our winter hiatus this year, we have been presented with a unique opportunity to bring our entire culinary team to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua to volunteer our time cooking at an orphanage, a feed center, as well providing a community meal for the village of up to 800 people. This opportunity came about through a conversation with one of our customers, Stuart Hersch, who routinely flies missions to impoverished communities bringing much needed medical supplies & food. In turn, Stu put us in touch with Dustin Holliday, who along with his wife Lisa, have made it their life's mission to help the people of Nicaragua improve their lives – especially the children living at the Casa Bernabe Puerto Cabeza orphanage.
There are currently 140 children from newborn to 21 years old living at the orphanage because they have been placed by government services, their family is too poor to care for them, they are abandoned or abused, one or both of their parents have died, or they are seeking an educational opportunity. Nicaragua is a third world country and the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere (next to Haiti). Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua is on the east coast of Nicaragua. All operations and lodging are on the Verbo Church property which also houses the Casa Bernabe Orphanage.
Please consider a donation - any amount will help defray the costs for our 7 person team.
The money will be used towards flight, supplies & food. Our team will be traveling from NY to Managua where we will then board a Cessna Aircraft & head to Puerto Cabezas. From there we will be sourcing & purchasing ingredients as well as building a special rotisserie for the pig roast. We will be working at the local feeding center, preparing a special Fried Chicken meal for the children at the orphanage & their staff, finally - culminating in a Pig Roast for the community of up to 800 people ! (thats a lot of PIG!!) We will also be donating any money that may be left over directly to the orphanage.
In return for you generosity we will be hosting a cocktail party upon our return in The Emerald Ballroom as a way to say Thank You!!
Your support would be so very appreciated & our hope is that we can make this our annual mission.