A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation

by Have Hammer Will Travel A. C.
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
A Gift of an Education.. Will Change a Generation
New school sign
New school sign

HHWT’s New Nickname Escuela de Artes Industriales

Have Hammer Will Travel A.C is our legal name and will never change, but we come to

our name is not easily translated in Spanish and students and community do not

recognize it easily and see it as unacceptable.

The board of directors of HHWT realized that this is a moment in time for more

recognizable nickname that is needed for a variety of reasons. That a new nickname to

fit our future vision as we grow and society changes. Changing our nickname

(wordmark) to Escuela de Artes Industriales is a huge decision for HHWT. Getting it

right can secure the long-term future of HHWT and boost awareness, reputation, and

income. Getting it wrong can be an expensive disaster and too often the decision is

made without the proper care or research. HHWT has done our due diligence and

research. HHWT is looking into getting the new nickname word marked legally. Out

research shows we are the only school using that work mark.


Our current name Have Hammer will Travel A.C. does not do justice

In the beginning of HHWT we did splendid work traveling with woodworking tools to

local orphanages. HHWT now has a physical location that woodworking and industrial

arts classes our taught.

Does our current name (or brand name) do our magnificent work justice? Do people

understand the kind of work that HHWT does because of the name? Or are they

distracted or confused by it? The single most important objective of any name or brand

is that they do justice to, that it waves the flag for all the work of staff and

volunteers and all those changed lives of beneficiaries.

According to branding specialists that HHWT spoke with. Names fall into three

categories: the abstract, the implicit and the explicit. Many charities continue to favor

explicit names that explain what they do or the cause area in which they work. It was

suggested HHWT do the same with our new wordmark (nickname to be explicit).


Which will take about six months promote, use, and get Escuela de Artes Industriales

well known.

Per websters dictionary, Explicit means stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for

 confusion or doubt.

In 2021 HHWT Board of directors has created a 5-year capital campaign of owning the

building that we rent and improving our campus. The new nickname Escuela de Artes

Industriales will help our school achieve our future capital campaign goals.

In 2021 we created an all-female woodworking class. Let us face it: in this culture, it’s much more likely for men to be comfortable with tools and carpentry than women. But given the chance to learn, women can be just as proficient as men when it comes to manifesting their own creative building ideas.  Women need a different space. Since bodies are different, and backgrounds and learning styles are likely different.  HHWT created need a female-oriented space, just for women! 

This class is intended to respond to that need. It will get women (and other femme-identifying people) up-to-speed on basic carpentry skills, including working with wood, planning, and designing simple projects, and using hand and power tools safely and effectively.


Thank you partnering with us, your support is needed. HHWT new vision of Escuela de Artes Industriales will more students reach their goals in 2022.

Have Hammer Will Travel A.C.

Capital campaign to buy and improve building
Capital campaign to buy and improve building
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some Students Sept 2021 semester
some Students Sept 2021 semester

We started our spring 2022 semester and added an additional woman’s and girl’s woodworking class; our school now is now balanced 50% female and male classes.

One of our Sept 2021 semester a woman student shared her experience and how the woodworking classes has changed her life.  Cinthia said she is more fulfilled, empowered and just happier after learning woodworking.

Cinthia seems to feel it may still be more common to come across men wielding chisels and saws than women, but there’s no logical reason why that should be the case. We weren’t meant to live our lives sitting in front of screens; Its unusually rewarding to create some

thing with our hands – that elemental desire to create is innate in all of us. Learning woodwork can enrich women’s lives and build life skills in a huge number of ways so it’s well worth considering. Have Hammer Will Travel A.C. woodworking school gives women and teenagers a Sense of satisfaction.

If you spend hours every day typing at a keyboard or in a typical office job the sort of satisfaction gained from acquiring a practical skill can be an amazing stress buster and antidote. You’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment when you complete a project – there’s nothing better than the sort of pride you experience after a job well done. Woodwork teaches us that merely focusing on speed, which often results in poor quality products – doesn’t cut it in carpentry; it requires that you really commit your all – and completing a project in that mindset leads to an amazing sense of accomplishment and a great buzz.


Our school is achieving the 2022 goals we set out we still need your support.


The acronym SMART identifies the areas of focus in goal-setting. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented or relevant, and Time-bound.


Thank you for your continued support of our students


HHWT Board of Directors


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At Have Hammer Will Travel A.C. woodworking and CAD school believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams, no matter their circumstances. Our aim is to help Mexican youth boys and girl’s who are at a disadvantage by providing them with the long-term support they need to thrive at school and beyond.

For families facing challenges such as poor health, disability, unemployment, and unstable housing, navigating the systems that might be able to help them can become an almost full-time job. This often puts parents under even more pressure, taxing their ability to support their child’s education. Unfortunately, when education can’t be the top priority, it’s easy for children to fall behind in essential life skills before they even get started. Over time, they can fall further behind and lose motivation to engage at school. They may leave school early or decide not to pursue tertiary education, and this reduces their chances of finding a job

HHWT strives to provide that step up for youth in poverty


Parents of disadvantaged young people may have limited knowledge and experience of how to help their child achieve goals, and fewer contacts in their networks who might assist them. Compounding this are significant socioeconomic hurdles – reduced financial support, complex family issues, or personal or family health problems – that may make it more difficult for disadvantaged young people to sustain and realize their aspirations.


Long-Term Impact

Mexican youths who are enrolled in our school will receive hands on vocational education in woodworking, carpentry and CAD skills. This will enable them to reach their full potential in any field they choose. This career/technical and life skills education is the key to unlocking their families from the vicious cycle of poverty. The students will be more confident upon participating in our program. Students enroll for a period or 3 to 7 years and then opportunity to move to higher education.

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HHWT Board of Directors visit to Conalep Tech
HHWT Board of Directors visit to Conalep Tech

HHWT August 2021 REPORT:  Remembering Howard Feldstein and Moving on


Our sincere condolences on behalf of the Board of Directors of Have Hammer will Travel A.C woodworking school to Howard Feldstein passing Aug 2021. Howard Feldstein was president of Lake Chapala society before HHWT was a legal A.C. in 2010.  Howard helped start the first woodworking hand tools class on the back patio of LCS. The woodworking hand tools class for local Mexican boys and girls ages 10 to 14. The young boys and girls learned valuable life skill though woodworking. LCS was the nurturing mother of HHWT 13 years ago. Thank you Howard and LCS.  Our thoughts and prayers to his family.


Moving on:  Our Executive summary


The Covid 19 has disrupted education systems across the world. The closures of school has had devastating effects on children and their ability to exercise their human rights to education. Education systems were already in crisis even before the pandemic and now facing drastic budget cuts. At the height of the crisis vast majority of children had their education interrupted. Particularity the poorest children, which is the most vulnerable population at risk. The majority of the children are in learning poverty. They do not have access to local schools due to limited enrollment or access online education. Education is the hope of sustainable global economies and individual incomes. Gaining these foundational educational skills is priority for literacy and social emotional learning.


 September Semester 2021


The vital news is there is a solution and a way forward that turns the crisis into an opportunity, but only with urgency now. Making education inclusive, engaging and adaptive. Have Hammer Will Travel A.C Woodworking school has rebuilt its volunteer team and hired a new woodworking staff for the Sept 2021 semester. We will be focusing on educational technology where it has been effective, proven and most equitable. At HHWT we will be better at utilizing our resources by coordination, alignment and effectiveness by partnering with Conalep Technical College. In August 2021 we completed all the legal papers and turned the application to work officially with Conalep. Conalep Technical college (Colegio de Educación Profesional Técnica Del Estado de Jalisco) required that we be vetted by the Mexican governmental board of Conalep. HHWT looks forward to that relationship and providing scholarships to our students to move onto higher education at Conalep. Hopefully to be vetted in 2021. Our Sept enrollment at HHWT has been successful.  We are at capacity with a waiting list.


Your Continued Support


Thank you all for your generosity, HHWT is where it is because of your continued partnership in changing the lives of Mexican youth both boys and girls. HHWT is now partnering with local groups that empower young Mexican women.  For the first time HHWT in Sept 2021 has a woodworking class for women with women volunteers. We have two young women in the class age 14 who could not get enrolled in Sept at Escuela Preparatoria regional de Chapala high school, because of limited enrollment. They are enrolled for preparatoria in Jan 2021. The two girls are on a HHWT scholarship and will be sponsored by Changemakers for high school scholarship in Jan 2022. Through our special relationship with Changemakers the young women were referred to HHWT and have an opportunity for empowerment through woodworking and CAD education during the Sept Dec layover. They may continue at HHWT part time in Jan.


GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign Sept 13 to 17, 2021


Five days of fundraising, 50% match on all donations.


Matching funds will not run out.

HHWT will be raising $720 dollars to fund tools for women’s woodworking class.



With Affinity

H Wayne Renz

Treasurer HHWT



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2021 July Monthly report Hello everyone! Greetings from Lake Chapala, Mexico. Today we would like to give you an update about our New Campus Building Project as things have been moving ahead quickly in the last week. In the last year, Mexico’s economy has been devastated by the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, mainly the drop of tourist numbers from around 30 Million to basically nothing. We had no face to face fundraising events in 2020. The board of directors came to the rescue and donated $195,000 pesos to cover fixed expenses. HHWT cannot have this lockdown happen again. HHWT may not survive it. we need to buy a building and have no more rental expenses. Hoping for some decline in real-estate prices, we have taken this opportunity to review additional properties besides our current building that was our favorite. We reviewed other properties online that were within our price range and location requirements. The result of our reviewing these properties showed that the building we are renting is still the one best suited to accomplish both our long- and short-term vision for Have Hammer Will Travel Woodworking School. Since the “ball is in our court” in the negotiation process with the owner, the Building Leadership team has recently spent hours in discussions about our next steps. We have decided to pursue this building and have asked the Board of our Foundation for permission to negotiate an appraised quote from the owner to see where we need to be the next three to five years. We have received the permission to negotiate a new lease, with possible option to purchase within the month of August. We are working to complete a capital campaign budget for this project. Hopefully we will meet our fundraising goal within five years and have ownership of the building, we will continue our fundraising and start the renovations as the needed money is raised. All incoming funds will then be for renovations. When the project is completed the new campus will be used for vocational training and counseling needs for the women and children from local surrounding towns. HHWT will be able to meet the needs of our community with a more modern and welcoming facility. Thank you for your interest in our work here in Have Hammer will Travel A.C Woodworking school and we hope that you are as encouraged as we are about the vision of our new campus finally! Good news! thank you for partnering with us, on July 14, 2021 GlobalGiving Matching bonus campaign, we received $3000 dollars Matching bonus from our partnership with GlobalGiving to help start our new campus campaign. Thanks! HHWT board of Directors . . . . . . . .

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