A Week’s Worth of Work Wraps Up in an Emotional Key Ceremony – Meet the Next Six Families

The key ceremony is bitter sweet. It is an honour to present the keys to the families, but it is also sad to say goodbye after working so closely with them for a week. The bonds we create in just a few days are unlike any others, it’s hard to leave our new friends.

The families invite us back and tell us we will be welcome in their homes anytime, and they sincerely mean it! It is such a thrill when we get an opportunity to see each other again in another year. They remember us as much as we remember them for sure!

It is so humbling to know the impact our short time in their country has had on their lives. As Brian Glass said on our very first trip, “there is nothing anyone could do for us that would have the life changing effect that these little houses have for these families. Even if we won a lottery, it wouldn’t change our lives in the way a safe dry home does for these people.”

What an honour to be a part of something so rewarding!

The key ceremony is a very emotional day for everyone, the team and the recipients of the homes.

The key ceremony is a very emotional day for everyone, the team and the recipients of the homes.

week two group with one of community leaders

Week two team at the key ceremony with one of the community leaders and  his family

Thank you to Dave & Sue Wester of The Plan Shop for sponsoring a home once again this year!

Wester

Here is the family that received the home you sponsored for 2015!

 

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 Thanks Ron Goss for sponsoring our project again in memory of your wife Mavis. It was good to have you join us in El Salvador for the 3rd year in a row.

Ron and Mavis colour - Version 2

Thanks also for bringing your daughter Christie along, what a great addition to the team!

Christie Goss - One great little roofer!

Christie Goss – One great little roofer!

Here is the family that is now living in the home you sponsored!
Domitila, a hard working single mom that was living in a tiny shack.

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 Thanks to Arlene Demars of DLC Canadian Mortgage Experts for sponsoring a home again this year!

Arlene CME

The mother of these five children has to go to the city to work in order to support her family, thus leaving the seventeen year old daughter alone to care for her four younger siblings, often for weeks at a time. Imagine a 17 year old with that kind of responsibility! How wonderful it was to provide these children with a secure home they could lock at night and feel safe and protected in.

Thanks Arlene, for rescuing this family from the unsafe home they were living in:

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 Thanks to Glen & Valerie Pangle of Integrated Financial for sponsoring our project again this year!

Pangle

Here is the family that is living in the home you sponsored!

Idalia is a super hard working single mom with an entrepreneurial spirit, looking after her own four children plus one other that she watches every day. She also cooks meals for the health centre next door and she heads up all the meal preparation for the volunteers working with the teams building houses, which she has been doing for over a year. In addition to all the cooking she buys wood then splits it and resells it to others in the village. She was an absolute delight to get to know, such a smart, ambitious young woman. So deserving of a new home.

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 Thank you Kinsmen of Red Deer for sponsoring our project once again!

Red Deer Kinsmen

Here is the family living in the home you sponsored!

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Thanks to Jim & Wanda Marke and Stuckey Contruction (Red Deer) Ltd for sponsoring a home again this year!

jim and wanda marke

Here’s the family living in the home you sponsored!

The oldest member of the family, Dionisio, was 89 years old. What a thrill to build a home for this family. No one should have to live in those conditions, especially someone almost 90 years old. They were thrilled to be moving into a home that wouldn’t crumble in an earthquake. They lived in constant fear their old house would collapse, as you can see in the photo below, it was not a safe home at all. The mud huts are the ones that collapse in the earthquakes, killing people in their sleep.

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4 thoughts on “A Week’s Worth of Work Wraps Up in an Emotional Key Ceremony – Meet the Next Six Families

  1. Reblogged this on babyboomer28 and commented:
    I agree.. I was VERY emotional suring our cereomonies., being a very sensitive person my psych picked up on the energy right away.. As a group, we witnessed and saw first hand, where these people had lived and we saw the gratitude and joy through their hearts as we presented the keys.. They are people like us, same age many of them, only asking for a better life, nothing more, nothing less…there are no words to capture the energy which accompanies these cereomonies.. it is beyond words. it must be experienced to be appreciated…… thanks for sharing Sue

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