When we met Fatima, our homeowner, she was wearing a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt, holding her son Anderson (sounds Norwegian to me), and we’re in El Salvador! Later in the week as our mason was mixing whitewash for us, he finished, looked at me and said, “Ya!”, sounds just like my German grandmother. Cultures merging.
Fatima is so excited to have a home of her own, since the small house she’s living in now has 9 other people also living there from her husband’s family. Her father-in-law worked on the house each day and the many days before, and I am sure for many days until it is complete. He is dedicated to providing a better house for his son’s family.
Fatima would visit the work site each day. She would smile when she saw us working, saying we bring much joy to the work site. The truth is that she would bring joy to us. Seeing her excitement for the home and her love of her family would make the hot and sunny days worth it. Anderson took a little time to warm up to our group and didn’t say much; but by the end of the week was blowing kisses to us.
It was hard to leave our masons and Fatima today; saying goodbye as we walked down the road. The masons imparted much wisdom to our team; saying we will be together again. Experiences such as these are hard to process, because while our skill may be limited, the masons and the homeowners show us lots of patience and care as we learn to work together for five days.
And working together make the world seem bigger than just our lives back at home.
Blog written by: Lisa King and Amy Wagne