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Guatemala Global Village Trip – Day 3 Build Update:

Meet Judy, Barb, Alan, Daniel, and Jeanne.

These five volunteers from the Tacoma/Pierce County area have decided to commit nine days of their summer to better their lives, as well as the lives of four Guatemalan families.

Our work here in Guatemala will result in the construction of four sanitary latrines and four smokeless cooking stoves, in addition to the installation of four water filtration systems. These Habitat for Humanity healthy home kit products will help to provide access to the basic human health right that the majority of us take for granted.

Over the last 25 years, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has tithed more than $650,000 to Habitat for Humanity Guatemala. These dollars have built countless stoves, latrines, and homes, and helped people like Judy, Barb, Alan, Daniel, and Jeanne build lifelong relationships with the communities, construction staff members, and partner families that Habitat for Humanity Guatemala serves.

– Jason Gauthier, Director of Operations, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity


Day 4 Build Update:

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Habitat Guatemala Construction Supervisor Ephraim

Day four of our trip and day two on the build site. We may feel like a well-oiled machine when it comes to constructing latrines and stoves, but the laughs and head shaking of our construction leaders tell us we’re far from being more than adequate.

Our group of newly minted masons and latrine builders took on today’s project at the home of Manuel and Lidia, in the rural area surrounding San Lucas Toliman. Our projects were completed 20 minutes faster than yesterday so our well-oiled machine status stands, but much more of the day was spent with family than yesterday.

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Judy plays with Manuel and Lidia’s daughter and niece while Habitat Guatemala Field Coordinator Freddy Perez looks on.

Yesterday we felt more focused on our projects, but didn’t spend the time to hang out with the partner family and our construction leaders. Maybe it was getting more comfortable with working through translators or maybe it was years-old Spanish class practice coming back to life, but I’m glad it happened. The conversations and shared meals is what will be remembered by us volunteers weeks, months, and years after we pack our bags and return to our lives.

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Manuel and Lidia with their new smokeless stove.

– Jason Gauthier, Director of Operations, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity

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