volunteers labor on floor
We at GHA have come to understand that volunteerism provides not just well appreciated labor, but also provides the volunteer with an indelible experience, an opportunity to come into communion with people they never would have known. That is particularly poignant when the connection is between cultures. San Pablo, where this floor project continues, has no tourist base, so volunteers see a less diluted, more raw and vibrant Guatemala.
We love that a floor can be laid in one or two days, making it an easy option for someone willing to give even a short bit of their free time. That they work side by side with the family members who will be living in the space, getting to know a little of what life is like to those folks, is a bonus and can be life altering. And its empowering to know that their seemingly small efforts will significantly benefit a family's health, welfare, and pride. For this reason we particularly like having kids and teens come work with us.
On a recent build, working not on floors but with bajareque, we had two young homeschoolers come from Washington state. And we had a group of 15 come to work on floors, laying and financing! 4 floors in one day. We have recently had a young woman who had been adopted as a baby from Guatemala come to work within her culture of origin. And for the third year we will coordinate with a service-oriented high school project from the US.
We couldn't encourage the opportunity more. Please consider coming to work with us. And if you can't come, we welcome your contribution.
getting hands dirty feels, well, great!