Saturday, May 16, 2020

El Salvador Trip 2020 - Postponed and Video from El Salvador

Hello, Everyone,

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador has cancelled all visitor trips through 2020.  El Salvadorans were sheltering in place, much like everyone else.  We simply don't know when we'll visit again.

However, the Habitat group in El Salvador sent this wonderful video on 19 May 2020: 

Highlight this link and select "Open Link".

Our 10th annual trip was planned for Saturday, July 18, to Sunday, July 26.  We had 7 people wanting to go, and were looking for 3 more people.  A group of 10 means Thrivent will donate $8000 on our behalf to Habitat El Salvador.  This is how we justify raising money for the airfare, which we intend to do with another Special Dinner and later, a concert by our very own Tatiana Shustova, classical pianist.  Contact Dean Olson if you are interested at

Below, from the 2018 trip, Jim Hack looks on as his daughter-in-law, Lisa, reads to a local boy in Spanish, even though she does not speak Spanish.  Douglas of Habitat El Salvador assists.  

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Habitat for Humanity Thank-You Certificate

Hello, Readers!

We had non-rainy weather, and good travel experiences with special events, and all flights were on time or early.  We accomplished much and saved the masons many hours of extremely hard work.  An enthusiastic and sincere thanks is extended to you all for your continuing support.

Bags of new coffee are available at the church for $10 each to support the Getsemani Women's Co-Op in Ahuachapan, where we had lunch with them on Wednesday.  We again gave them $400 from coffee sales over the last 12 months.

Below is the thank-you certificate that the Habitat people gave each participant on the afternoon of Friday, August 2.  I walked this one around had had everyone sign it.

The 2019 El Salvador 16 are from left to right:

Marilyn Dudley, Nicole Paul, Bob Clark, Jason Fisher, Dean Olson, Jake Meyer, Ruth Meyer, Jenelle Keene, Nicki Kyle, Jim Hack, Shaun Keene, Sara Smith, Maggie Paul, Joe Chamley, Walker Smith, Greg Fisher.

If you look closely, you can find the signatures of the people we helped build the 2 houses for:  Ludwig and Reina and their respective families.