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Trips, Projects, and Tools, Oh My!

Tools for Central America

TRIPS

We have a team arriving in Honduras in a few weeks to provide training and tools to local carpenters. This training has been in planning for almost two years. Gene and Randy tried to take tools into Honduras from El Salvador a year ago but were stopped at the border. This year, our tool shipment is being sent directly from the U.S. to Honduras.

As you might know, these trips cost several thousand dollars. There is the cost of shipping the tools. The cost of air fare and lodging. Then when our team arrives in Central America, there is the cost of transportation, including the salaries of the drivers. We sure could use your help in defraying some of these costs. You can click here to donate. We very much appreciate any amount you could give.

Your donations directly drive how often we can make trips to Central America to help local craftsmen. We would like to make at least two trips a year. So please consider giving today.

PROJECTS

When woodworkers in Central America build their projects, they use local woods. These woods are often at too high of a moisture content. This can result in severe shrinkage and warping of project parts. For example, doors that fit a cabinet when the cabinet is first built will dry out over time, resulting in gaps and doors that are too narrow.

One of the goals of Tools for Opportunity is to provide the materials and training to build solar-powered kilns for drying lumber. This would have a very positive impact on the overall quality of the projects our craftsmen build. Your donation can help us with this project.

TOOLS

If you haven’t figured it out by now, you know that all of us at Tools for Opportunity appreciate and use woodworking tools. And we love to share that appreciation with craftsmen in Central America. We not only provide tools, but the training necessary to use them and be able to better provide for their families. The craftsmen sign a one-year commitment to use and care for the tools while having a positive impact on their communities. If they live up to their end of the bargain, the tools become their property.

We accept tool donations for our carpenters. Tools that aren’t necessarily suited for shipping to Central America will be sold to raise funds to purchase other tools or add to the budget for trips and projects. Please consider donating tools or giving today.

Thank you for your support!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Right around Thanksgiving, I start listening to Christmas music. It puts me in the frame of mind to recall pleasant memories of family gatherings and look forward to the food and fellowship.

This time of year, I’m also thinking about how our gifts of time, tools, and dollars can help out our craftsmen in Central America. I’ve had the pleasure of making two trips to El Salvador recently. On both trips, I was able to provide woodworking training to several craftsmen on behalf of Tools for Opportunity. These are folks that work very hard to provide for their families and help their communities. It’s an emotional experience to see how much they appreciate our time and effort to help them.

MauricioGuys like Mauricio, for example. Here’s a guy with a humble shop outdoors with not much more than a tin roof to keep out the rain. We were able to provide training and tools for him to expand his woodworking business. Only a year later, he’s got plenty of work to keep him busy. He’s built up quite a reputation as a woodworker for building doors, cabinets, and other items.

A little goes a long way with these craftsmen. They appreciate the smallest things and learn to make do with whatever they have. That’s why it’s important that you consider donating to Tools for Opportunity. Your cash provides tools and training. And if you or someone you know has old tools that aren’t being used, contact us to arrange donating them. Your cash and tool donations are tax-deductible.

As you prepare for the holiday season, take a moment to reflect on the blessings in your life — and how you can be a blessing to others.