The fundraising is complete and the final departure preparations are winding down. Thanks to the generosity of family, friends and colleagues, we raised enough money for the trip contributions, including extra funding for special supplies that we will bring to the local families and schools.
Our Habitat for Humanity of Dane County team will be headed to Ahuachapan, El Salvador this Saturday for the Global Village build trip. We will be building homes during a 10 day program helping low income and deserving Salvadoran families. The group will build side by side with the Salvadoran families. The group leaves on Feb. 2 and returns on Feb. 10.
Our team of 23 volunteers is part of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity of El Salvador and Habitat for Humanity of Dane County. The partnership includes awareness, financial support for housing needs in El Salvador and a three-year volunteer building program. Leadership of the two groups will meet in El Salvador to share ideas and best practices.
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will head back to El Salvador in 2014 and 2015. Read below or click the HFH DC links to learn more about our partnership with El Salvador.
Habitat Board approves El Salvador Partnership
Twelve El Salvador families will become homeowners in the next three years thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County. The Habitat Dane Board of Directors approved a three-year agreement with Habitat El Salvador at its July meeting. The agreement states that HFHDC will provide Habitat El Salvador $28,000 per year for three fiscal years starting in fiscal year 2013.
By fiscal year 2015, the $84,000 will construct 12 homes in El Salvador. According to the agreement, HFHDC may sponsor up to four volunteer teams per year through the Habitat Global Village Program in order to support the construction of these homes in El Salvador and to provide opportunities to interact with and learn from Habitat El Salvador staff.
John Stolzenberg, a member of the HFHDC Tithe Committee, said the committee wanted to be “more intentional” in its tithing efforts and to focus more on one country.
Habitat El Salvador, Stolzenberg said, has a strong, innovative staff, that are very well organized in their building efforts.
Ann Eaves, another committee member, added that El Salvador is growing economically and that corporations in the United States are doing more business with the country. “It’s a good fit for us,” she said.
Stolzenberg has taken or been an assistant leader for five teams of volunteers to the El Salvador in the last six years. He said the trips have been a “fun and exciting way” to reenergize himself and he’s learned a great deal about global poverty. “The trip has been much more than a Habitat construction project. To me, it’s been a real eye opener on poverty in the world.”