by Chris Tessier and Jill Woodley
Remember, the coffee at the entrance is paying for the construction of homes. Contribute what you can!
Over the last ten years our family has had the privilege to travel to Central and South America as part of a team building homes with Habitat for Humanity. We have traveled to remote areas in Guatemala, Nicaragua and built in the poverty stricken inner cities of El Salvador, Paraguay and Bolivia. In 2019, Over only three weekends, the Third World Bazaar customers donated $740 for our Trinidad build. Since 2010, a total of $12,440 has been raised through the wonderful generosity of the Bazaar coffee drinking customers; helping us build 26 homes and house 160+ people in six countries.
On November 14th, we left for Trinidad for our 12th Habitat for Humanity Global Village build. The build site was muddy and baron, and the team started from scratch, digging the foundation for a six room home. Over the course of the five days, the team worked from 7 am to 4 pm, through challenging rain storms, water accumulation and mud. We successfully built the foundation wall, that required hours of passing buckets of back fill, moving hundreds of large cement brick, and preparing cement and mortar by hand.
The team worked side by side with the family of six children and two adults. The hard work of the team put the home progress ahead by close to a month. After a long wait the family were thrilled to have a home to call their own.
Our volunteer work would not be possible if not for the generosity of the Third World Bazaar, who donate the Santropol Coffee beans, and for the last 9 years have allowed us to fundraise during the Bazaar. We are so thankful for the customers who come back year after year with so much interest and support. This year we raised $740 in three weekends, and we are so grateful for the incredible generosity.
As we say, you help us build homes “one coffee at a time.”
See you in the fall of 2020, as we prepare for our first build in Africa!
With tremendous gratitude.
Chris Tessier and Jill Woodley
Team Bennett and MacKillop Habitat for Humanity