Newbie impressions

First off – one of these is not like all the rest. I apologize to all the blog readers that will immediately recognize that the writer has changed.  I’m sorry for you.

But come with me. As the newbie on the team, I’ll share with you a few impressions and pictures of my 1st day on the job.  I stumbled upon the mission of Shelter Canada in a hockey dressing room (the smell is actually quite similar there and here, but that is beside the point).  I was fascinated by the idea of building houses in rural El Salvador. I had lots of questions. How do they integrate the project within the local communities? What role does the community play? What role does the local church play? How do the recipient families contribute to the house being built for them?

We arrived last night – this morning we would walk the recipient community and meet the families for whom we would help erect an new metal house.

Let’s go …

Community leader Christina leads us on a walk around the community, introducing us to the recipient families
Community leader Christina leads us on a walk around the community, introducing us to the recipient families
local community leaders leading the way - a success model for developmental aid
local community leaders leading the way – a success model for developmental aid
being introduced to the recipient family
being introduced to the recipient family

I was so thoroughly impressed that the local leadership was so integral in the planning, selection and organizing of the Shelter Canada housing project.  We saw the building sites – that in many cases took back breaking personal work and sacrifice to prepare for the new building. They cleared rocks, moved hillsides of dirt, sold their animals to afford fill-in dirt, uprooted huge trees – by hand!

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I was simply awestruck, humbled & honored by today’s walk-about.

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there will be some happy kids this week.
there will be some happy kids this week.

Tomorrow’s move? … What will be experience as we start to build?

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