-- Reshma Patel
The Loveland team joined with Betts' Vets crew led by Jon Schmidt to work on two home sites. Great work was completed on both sites. The Loveland team worked on completing the second half of a home, while team Schmidt went from the ground up to complete the bottom half of another build. As in years past, we left a small physical imprint for the betterment of those in rural Guatemala, while those in Guatemala left an enormous impression on the hearts of all team members. We set out to give, and received so much more in return. This year we had the added bonus of veterans being a part of our trip. It is safe to say that it was mutually beneficial to all.
What Pura Vida is doing in the Lemoa area is similar, as all those who visited the John Wesley School can attest to. It is like a water drop falling into a pond - the ripples continue for a long way. We are helping house and educate tomorrow’s leaders and that is a long term game. We may never sit under the shade of the trees we plant, but be encouraged that profound differences are being made in lives in Guatemala as a result of the work being done.
Many thanks to all who participated and the great leadership we had on our teams.