[To read Sue’s complete blog, click on the El Salvador category on the right.]
El Salvador is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2001 they were hit with two massive earthquakes that they have never been able to recover from. In 2008 they were hit again by Hurricane Ida. The results of the hurricane were devastating, 16,000 people were left homeless. The area in El Salvador we are going into is one of the poorest in the country. Many people have nothing more than a tarp to sleep under.
You often see pictures of third world countries and the poverty they live in. The TV shows tug at your heart strings and you really want to help, but you don’t know whether your money will really get to where they say it’s going. In 2012 Sue Neufeld of True-Line Homes made her first trip to El Salvador to help build houses for families living in absolute poverty. She experienced firsthand just how her donations went right to work through World Partners, providing homes for the poor.
Replacing houses like this:
With houses like this:
For families like these:
People say, “Charity Begins at Home”. We believe “The World is our Home” and we need to help the less fortunate in the world. We are so blessed to live in Central Alberta, one of the most prosperous regions in the world. We believe it is our moral responsibility to help our fellow man in poverty stricken areas. After hearing about the millions of people in El Salvador affected by earthquakes, hurricanes and stark poverty, True-Line made a commitment to send two teams of volunteers to El Salvador in March 2013. Each team will build ten houses and we will leave materials for the local people to build another ten houses.
The cost to build one house is $3000. You will receive a charitable tax deductible receipt for all donations. There is a charitable foundation set up called the “True-Line El Salvador Fund” through the Red Deer Foundation. We have set a goal of $100,000 which will cover the cost of the 30 houses as well as leave us $10,000 to do extra things such as a massive food distribution for hundreds of families, assist the goat farm or the sewing centre.
World Partners is dedicated to helping the people of El Salvador in a healthy way and are very cautious that we don’t create dependency. We are providing employment by having the local people assist with the construction of the homes. There are several projects in place such as a sewing centre for the women, a goat farm for the men and sustainable farming plots for the families.
Seal Of Accountability
We are working through World Partners which is the relief and development arm of EMCC (Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada). EMCC has earned the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC)Seal of Accountability. Some of the criteria required to be certified by CCCC are: the charity must have a policy that states no person shall receive a commission, financialstatements will be provided to anyone that requests them, they must have an independent governing board and an independent audit of their financial statements, they must have a program to monitor the efficiency of the organization’s activities and they must adhere to the highest standards of int
To Participate Financially or Learn More Information:
Email at ElSalvadorProject@TrueLineHomes.com
Phone Sue Neufeld of True-Line Homes at 403-341-5933