The hammocks helped!

7 May

Some of you may remember a blog I posted last July about a small business that Webster Thomas grad Colin Johnson had just begun, called Hammocks that Help. The idea was simple: Colin would purchase hammocks from a craftsman in Nicaragua, sell them here in the states, and then return half of his profits to an organization called the 4 Walls Project, which builds homes for families in rural Nicaragua.

For every 100 hammocks sold, one complete new home can be built.  The first one was planned for a young couple, Felix and Margarita, and their one-year old daughter Seyling.

I got an email the other day from Colin, reporting some happy news. I am pleased to pass the message along:

To friends/family and customers,

Thank you all for supporting Hammocks That Help. Each of you has played a part in creating a new home for Felix, Margarita, and Seyling. Their house is finally finished and this family can now sleep a little easier tonight thanks to all of you. I hope all of you are enjoying your hammock and the satisfaction you get from helping out a family in need. Every one of you has really made a difference in Felix, Margarita, Seyling’s life and they could not be more grateful or happier about their new home.

Upon completion of the home Felix said, “You can see I could never build a house like this for my family. I have no money. Please tell the Americans who have helped us that this is such a great blessing to us and we thank them all and thanks be to god also.”

Scroll down to see some photos of the new home, the young family and some of the volunteers who helped build the home.

Colin has now set his sights on the next project, a second home for a family in need. If you’re interested in purchasing a hammock to help with the effort, or would just like to find out more about Hammocks That Help, log onto, email or call 585-831-0702.


At left, Felix and Margarita (holding Seyling) stand outside their new home with some of the volunteers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: