We just finished up a busy spring season of teams and our first two houses of the year. This week we are celebrating Semana Santa (Holy week). We are so thankful for a really successful spring season and most importantly the love that Jesus continues to pour out on his people! We have much to celebrate. Including a recent group from California.
One of the blessings each family gets that receives a house is a eco plancha stove. The ladies are sealing the cracks with ashes.These stoves are similar to a traditional Mayan stove but they use way less wood. It saves the family a lot of work and money to have one of these.
We did have one accident during the week. Poor Deanna fell and broke her wrist walking the trails at the nature center on their fun day. We took her to the emergency room in Solola. We were in and out in 30 minutes fully casted and x-rayed with no charge!
The kids are constantly busy be creative and having fun. They build houses and make restaurants with the toys they have. Recently we have found them almost everyday outside stripped down and playing in our pilla an outside sink that is common in Guatemala.
House #2 was completed this week and we delivered furniture for it as always. Recently we have been renting a the third floor of a building in town for a woodshop and for Guatemala Joe to stay in. Joe fixed up this pulley system to lower furniture down.
Before we left Noe ran into one of our friends on the street who has no legs. We recently had a couple of carts donated that can be ran with your arms. We wanted her to test it out so Noe picked her up and let her try it. It ended up being to big for her needs. Sometimes the need of people here is crazy sad. I questioned whether or not to share this picture because I don’t want to be demeaning to this lady but these are the types of cases we deal with on a daily basis here.
The family was all smiles and happy to receive the amazing gifts made possible by the generous folks who work with Porch de Salomon. Each family also receives a water filter to give them clean drinking water in the house.