In November 1998 Hurricane Mitch struck the northern part of Nicaragua with terrifying force killing thousands of people in the Honduras/Nicaragua border area. Among the casualties were the homes of 42 families who lived by the river in El Viejo. Working with the local Council, the Link co-funded 42 new homes for these families on a new site a few miles outside the city.
The project included constructing wells and latrines and a small school was also built. The families named their new community ‘Norwich’ in recognition of the support they received from the people of Norwich who contributed to the appeal to provide their new homes. In 2007 the Link funded the construction of an additional classroom at the school to alleviate overcrowding and to replace an unsatisfactory temporary structure built by the parents.