Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus

by Have Hammer Will Travel A. C.
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus
Be The light! To Empower and Educate, A New Campus

Once upon a time, nestled on lake Chapala shores, there stood a remarkable institution known as Escuela de Artes Industriales Have Hammer Will Travel A.C. a woodworking school renowned for its dedication to craftsmanship and artistic expression. The school had been a beacon of inspiration, nurturing the talents of aspiring woodworkers and fostering a deep appreciation for the beauty of wooden creations.

However, as the years passed, the school's facilities began to show signs of wear and tear. The woodworking tools, once gleaming and powerful, were now outdated and inadequate. The classrooms lacked the necessary equipment and space for students to explore their creativity fully. It was clear that Escuela de Artes Industriales needed a transformation to continue its legacy of excellence.

Recognizing the urgent need for revitalization, the school's dedicated staff and passionate alumni came together to launch a capital campaign—a quiet phrase that whispered through the town's streets yet carried the weight of ambition and hope. Their goal was to raise the necessary funds to breathe new life into the woodworking school and create a thriving environment for future generations of artisans.

Under the banner of "Inspiring Creativity, Crafting Excellence: Building the Future of Woodworking Education," the capital campaign is unfolding with quiet determination. The townspeople, awestruck by the beautiful works of art crafted by the students over the years, are beginning to embrace the cause wholeheartedly. They understood the value of preserving this precious institution and the profound impact it had on the community.

The campaign organizers are reaching out to local businesses, philanthropists, and supporters near and far, sharing their vision for the future of Escuela de Artes Industriales. They highlighted the importance of empowering young minds to master the intricate art of woodworking, honing their skills, and fostering their creativity. The quiet phrase soon spread like wildfire, carrying with its stories of wooden masterpieces and dreams waiting to be realized.

 Local artisans are contributing their expertise, volunteering their time to improve the school's workshops. The classrooms are expanding, providing students with the best possible learning environment. Please support our capital campaign.

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Once upon a time, in the heart of Mexico, a group of passionate educators came together to create something special. They shared a vision of a world where women and youth had access to education, life skills, and empowerment to achieve their dreams. They called themselves HHWT – Have Hammer Will Travel A.C (Escuela de Artes Industriales).

The concept of light-truth was at the core of their mission. It was the belief that education and knowledge could shine a light on the truth, empowering individuals to lead a better life. The HHWT team knew that education teaching life skills through woodworking and design was the key to creating a brighter future for their community, and they were determined to make a difference.

For 14 years, HHWT had been providing classes and education to women and youth in Mexico. Their efforts were changing lives, but they knew that they could do more. To accomplish their goal of creating a learning environment that prepared their students to lead, they set out to improve their campus.

With a renewed strategic plan, HHWT was ready to enhance the student experience. They introduced new life skills classes and innovative teaching methods, creating a learning environment that fostered creativity and critical thinking. They encouraged their students to learn by doing, giving them the tools to create change in their own communities.

As HHWT continued to grow, they realized that they couldn't do it alone. They needed partners who shared their vision of empowerment, engagement, and bridging the gap. They needed people who cared about achieving dreams, feeding a brain, and empowering women, girls, and boys. So, they reached out to the world, inviting people to join them in their mission.

Thanks to the generosity of people all over the world, HHWT was able to continue their work. Their students were empowered, their communities were changing, and their vision of a brighter future was becoming a reality. The concept of light-truth had never been stronger, shining a light on the power of education and the potential of every individual.

And so, HHWT continued to be the light, guiding their students towards a better future. They knew that their work was never done, but they were determined to keep going. With the help of their partners and supporters, they would continue to make a difference in the lives of women and youth in Mexico. It’s our five-year plan to improve the HHWT campus. Thank you for becoming part of our legacy group and placing HHWT in your will, thank you partnering with us your donations have made a difference.

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HHWT is taking the time to share our organization’s case for support with our closest stakeholders is crucial to the success of our campaign. But as we know well, it can be difficult to convince our marketing team that the quiet phase is necessary. They want to share the big news. It’s understandable. However, the quiet phase of a campaign is a vital stage prior to a public phase when the majority of fundraising will happen. Quiet phases, when deployed effectively, can create a sense of belonging, build confidence in your project, and promote deep understanding of why your project is worthy of your support. Thank you for partnering with us and your continued support.

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 As the world rapidly changes, so does the need for a shift in how we exchange and assimilate knowledge. Contemporary, purpose-built facilities are crucial to the success of our students. By giving to our Have Hammer Will Travel A.C., you are contributing to the exceptional spaces that support inspired teaching and learning across our School.

 Thank you for your generosity the school community that current students benefit from the soon to be a new improved campus and learning facilities. Our classrooms must continue to be reimagined and reformed so as to consistently provide the very best learning environment for each student.

 We have received your gift to our building fund in 2022 and wanted to take the time to thank you. Here at Have Hammer Will Travel A.C we value each and every one of our supporters and appreciate all the help we can get. With your donation, we are one step closer to end goal buy the building and upgrading the campus.  You are truly making a difference. If you have specific questions about how your gift is being used, or you want further information on how to continue your support, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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I design things with wood , What's your superpower
I design things with wood , What's your superpower

Students at Escuela de Artes Industriales getting superpowers. The board of directors are designing t shirts and aprons for the students. Hopefully the students will be empowered and feel that the skills they have learned are very important in life.

Thus, giving a superpower generated great fun and excitement with our students, donors and volunteers. It’s a win, win idea and making the students proud of what skills they achieved.


Inspiring and motivating students is always a challenge, The board of directors have looked at many positive sayings to use. 

  • Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.” – ...
  • “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – ...
  • “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” 


The board of directors after deep thought and feedback will provide the students this fall semester with  t shirt or apron saying

Yo diseño cosas de madera.

¿Cual es tu superpoder?


I design things with wood. What is your superpower?



With Affinity

H Wayne Renz

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HHWT’s New Nickname Escuela de Artes Industriales

Have Hammer Will Travel A.C. is our legal name and will never change, however our name not easily translated in Spanish. Students and the community are unable to 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 which is needed for a variety of reasons. A new nickname is required for 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 to update the new nickname word marked legally. Our 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 are 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. It waves the flag for all the work of staff and volunteers and all those changed lives of students. 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).  That will take about six months to 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 created a 5-year capital campaign of purchasing 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 as well as 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.

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Have Hammer Will Travel A. C.

Location: Chapala, JALISCO - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Keith Crockatt
Chapala , JALISCO Mexico
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