We often use the expression when talking about our work “we give a hand-up and not a hand-out.” This is so important to our work because projects are most successful when the beneficiaries are involved. This is what creates a path to independence and self-sufficiency. Here is just one small example of this process in action.
We recently received these photos and update which followed up on our visit to dedicate a school in San Antonio el Cornejo in July. This is a perfect example of how our project partners engage the benefactors to do the work themselves and teach new skills in the process. Marlon, from Hombres y Mujeres en Acción, purchased the wood and had the desk tops cut to the correct size and shape for the desks. He then arranged for the students to be present to do the work, taught them how to use a sander and drill, and how to varnish the wood.
Now students not only have new refurbished desks to go with their new school, but they’ve learned some valuable skills in the process!