Over the course of the next few days, I’d like to provide you glimpses into our recent trip to El Salvador and Honduras to train carpenters and follow up with carpenters that Tools for Opportunity has trained on previous trips.
TFO president Gene Pederson and I left dark and early from Des Moines and arrived in San Salvador mid-afternoon. We were greeted by our translator and in-country coordinator Guillermo and our driver Isaac. We immediately loaded into Isaac’s van and headed west along the coast to Acajutla to meet with the Lara family who received tools last year. Here’s a quick video of the table saw and crosscut sled they built with assistance from TFO plans.
The table saw has allowed them to work more quickly and efficiently, two very important items for any business. Gene presented certificates of completion to Julio Lara and three of his sons who work with him, indicating they have met the requirements asked of them in exchange for assistance from TFO, and that the tools we provided were now theirs to keep.
In the next Quick Glimpse, following up with an impressive group of carpenters and their mentor in Santo Domingo de Guzman.