Mike K – Inact trip Oct 2017
Thanks for the whole thing and all the hard work you did. The flights were great. The people were great! Everything worked out wonderfully.
I want to make a special note about Roger, our VC. His heart and sincerity were so plainly obvious to be with these people and for the work that you all are doing. We were on (as was said by many) one of the hardest builds to date. Not once did he become short, aggravated, discouraged, or anything other than professional, hardworking, and encouraging. If he was discouraged, he didn’t let on in any way to the team. He constantly took the time to connect even with random children on the street always interested in their stories and constantly pushing them towards the idea of education. Always focused on education. He’s a special guy.
Now, with my short testimonial. Before heading out and on the planning stages, I was feeling close to burn out. My job, life, etc. was such that I didn’t even think I could contribute or raise the money or even sign up on the site. After some help & encouragement from you and the team, I was able to get involved and next thing you know I was in Nicaragua.
From the first day, hearing the voices and seeing the faces of those involved, I knew lives were being changed. Watching Roso, a 62 year old volunteer carry 50lbs bags of sand for days to the wife and sister of Geronimo carrying bricks and bags of sand, bigger than what I could carry at times, was a constant and new inspiration for our team to go grab another load of rock, gravel and brick. We were inspired beyond our capabilities. Even when my stomach turned and the prospect of being taken off the job for a day was faced, I could think of nothing but all the work that needed to be done and the desire to be a part of it and to contribute. In the end one of our 19 y/o community volunteers Osnado (Michael) made a commitment to go back to school and be an example to the local kids, and 2 new homes were turned over to families in need.
Today, I feel renewed and rejuvenated. No other 1 week holiday be it an all-inclusive in Cuba or a mountain view vista in BC could have done for my mind and spirit what this short week has. I am grateful to all involved.