Local Man Making a Global Difference
Posted November 21, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST
WILSON — Like many people, Rolando Prado watched the television news reports as Hurricane Mitch blew through Central America.
The Wilson dentist saw scenes of devastation from Honduras, but noticed that Nicaragua, his home country, wasn't making the newscasts.
More than four thousand people are feared dead there. Thousands of others are homeless.
"Indeed they suffered a lot of damage, more than us, but I got concerned that my own native country was not receiving any attention at that time," Prado said.
Prado's one-man effort to help his native country is gaining strength as Wilson residents hear about the need. The Greater Wilson Rotary Club had donated hundreds of dollars.
Prado's church, Farmington Heights Church of God, is also helping out with donations of food, space and clothing. The need hits home for the congregation because more than 50 Nicaraguans died in a mud slide at a sister church.
"Whether they're part of the church or not, it affects you," said Rev. Levon Phillips. "But knowing that people are a part of your group or organization, it has a very sobering effect."
The need is tremendous, but Prado believes the local generosity can help.
A special account for donations has been set up at BB&T's Medical Center Branch in Wilson. Donations may be mailed to the Hurricane Mitch Relief Fund, 1604 South Tarboro Street, Wilson, N.C.