Building in Guatemala: Day 2
Sunday morning we were up for breakfast before loading the bus to begin our travels to Quetzaltenango. The trip was a little over four hours with some amazing and breathtaking views. The city is located northwest of Guatemala City. We stopped about two and half hours into the trip for lunch where we enjoyed some local cuisine including Guatemala’s version of tortillas. Everything was delicious! After lunch we drove the rest of the way to our destination. Upon arrival we checked into the hotel before heading over to the local Habitat affiliate office where we met some of the Habitat staff and the Habitat family that we are building the home for this week.
Leslie is a single mom with her two sons, Fabio and Junior. She shared some heartfelt words with our group to thank us for coming to her country and making her dreams come true. She assured us that we would always have a place to stay if we came back to her home again one day. We learned a lot about the Habitat program and the work that they do locally. They build many different styles of homes for local families and the families typically pay back a 10-year loan to Habitat. They are also in charge of finding and paying local contractors to finish the trades work on their homes. We learned about the style of home that we would be building for Leslie and her sons. Our work will begin on Monday morning by pouring the foundation for Leslie’s home. The Habitat staff prepared a typically Guatemalan appetizer called ‘rellenitos’ for us to eat and then we headed back to the hotel. We took some time to walk around the local park which is located in front of the hotel before heading back to the hotel to play some cards. We ended the evening after dinner to get some rest for our first day of work on the build site. We all are excited to get to work!