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2019 HARBOUR ESTATES WINERY
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Spreading Hope to the Least Fortunate People in El Salvador This cause is near and dear to the hearts of Harbour Estates owners, Darlene and Fraser Mowat. After being part of a Shelter Canada team and seeing first hand the hope that these homes bring to some of the most impoverished people of El Salvador, this became one of a number of charities the Mowat’s support on a regular basis. Their grandchildren are counting the days until they are old enough to go! There are lots of stories to be told about the terrible situations many El Salvadorians are living in. Two of them are below. Click here for more information about Shelter Canada. Claudia’s Story In March 2018, we built a house for Claudia, her husband, Abram, and 2 children (Blanca, 11 yrs and Franklin, 6 yrs) Claudia’s beautiful smile and bright personality lit up every place she went. Wearing a bright pink head covering, we found out she was in the middle of cancer treatments, having been diagnosed 2 years ago. After a mis-diagnosis and throat surgery with severe complications, the doctors found out it was cancer. She was currently in treatments every 3 weeks which meant she had to travel to the capital of the country from her remote village location (about 2 hours by bus). Because the hospital didn’t have funding to cover all of the costs, she had to come up with $100 US for each treatment. This is an exorbitant amount for a family making just dollars a day. But Claudia told us that she loves to pray; she prays all the time and God has provided for every treatment. She said, “I can’t afford the treatment, but somehow the money is always there. And then I start to pray for the next treatment.” Claudia hit a low early in her journey when her hair started falling out. She sunk into a depression and didn’t want to go out or see anyone. Her sister helped encourage her, reminding her that she had something to live for, that she had to be there for her husband and her children. They needed their wife and mother. Since then she has a determination to live and to hope for her future. With her family living in a structure made of sticks and tarps, the new house brought a new level of hope to this beautiful family. Maria’s Story In March 2019, our team built a house for Maria and her three children – Ingrid (15), Anna (10) and Daniel (3 ½ years old). Maria had to take her house down before we arrived so that we could build her new house on the same small piece of land that she had. But we were shocked when we saw a picture of her previous house which was literally made of sticks, scrap pieces of steel and plastic. They didn’t even have a door. Maria is a soft-spoken and very hard working lady with a beautiful smile. She works three days a week washing clothes for people in the city, earning $10 per day. The other four days a week she makes tomales to sell in the village. This is quite an involved process which she starts at 4am by buying corn and grinding it. The tomales are twice baked, wrapped in corn husks in the ashes of a fire. Then Maria walks around the village selling the tomales for $0.20 each. This makes for a long day to earn a few dollars. As a single mother, Maria shared how difficult life has been trying to provide for her children. Even when her children were younger, there were days she would have to leave them at home and go to work. She was so worried for her children but she had no choice. She shared how in their old house she would have to move Daniel around at night so he wouldn’t get wet during rain season. Maria couldn’t say enough how big of a blessing this house is for their family. She was incredibly grateful for this house that will keep her family dry in rain season and protect them with a door that locks. We had a great time chatting with the kids. Ingrid loves math in school but Anna likes recess. Ingrid plays on a soccer team, but Anna likes to help her Mom around the house. Daniel is not in school yet, but already loves soccer. When we asked if they had any questions for us, we could tell that Anna had something but was too shy to ask. Her Mom encouraged Anna to ask the question that was burning on her mind. Finally Anna asked, “What is snow like?” We had a fun time telling her about building snowmen and having snowball fights and wearing big winter boots to get through the snow. Anna ran back to where our team was doing Kids Ministry and got snowflakes painted on her cheek. We go to El Salvador thinking that these people will be so different than us. But then we get to know them and we find out that we are more the same than we are different. Maria wants to provide for her family and protect her children. She wants to give her kids a better future and more opportunities than she has had. This home not only gives much needed relief for Maria but gives hope to the next generation!
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2019 HARBOUR ESTATES WINERY
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Spreading Hope to the Least Fortunate People in El Salvador This cause is near and dear to the hearts of Harbour Estates owners, Darlene and Fraser Mowat. After being part of a Shelter Canada team and seeing first hand the hope that these homes bring to some of the most impoverished people of El Salvador, this became one of a number of charities the Mowat’s support on a regular basis. Their grandchildren are counting the days until they are old enough to go! There are lots of stories to be told about the terrible situations many El Salvadorians are living in. Two of them are below. Click here for more information about Shelter Canada. Claudia’s Story In March 2018, we built a house for Claudia, her husband, Abram, and 2 children (Blanca, 11 yrs and Franklin, 6 yrs) Claudia’s beautiful smile and bright personality lit up every place she went. Wearing a bright pink head covering, we found out she was in the middle of cancer treatments, having been diagnosed 2 years ago. After a mis-diagnosis and throat surgery with severe complications, the doctors found out it was cancer. She was currently in treatments every 3 weeks which meant she had to travel to the capital of the country from her remote village location (about 2 hours by bus). Because the hospital didn’t have funding to cover all of the costs, she had to come up with $100 US for each treatment. This is an exorbitant amount for a family making just dollars a day. But Claudia told us that she loves to pray; she prays all the time and God has provided for every treatment. She said, “I can’t afford the treatment, but somehow the money is always there. And then I start to pray for the next treatment.” Claudia hit a low early in her journey when her hair started falling out. She sunk into a depression and didn’t want to go out or see anyone. Her sister helped encourage her, reminding her that she had something to live for, that she had to be there for her husband and her children. They needed their wife and mother. Since then she has a determination to live and to hope for her future. With her family living in a structure made of sticks and tarps, the new house brought a new level of hope to this beautiful family.
Maria’s Story In March 2019, our team built a house for Maria and her three children – Ingrid (15), Anna (10) and Daniel (3 ½ years old). Maria had to take her house down before we arrived so that we could build her new house on the same small piece of land that she had. But we were shocked when we saw a picture of her previous house which was literally made of sticks, scrap pieces of steel and plastic. They didn’t even have a door. Maria is a soft-spoken and very hard working lady with a beautiful smile. She works three days a week washing clothes for people in the city, earning $10 per day. The other four days a week she makes tomales to sell in the village. This is quite an involved process which she starts at 4am by buying corn and grinding it. The tomales are twice baked, wrapped in corn husks in the ashes of a fire. Then Maria walks around the village selling the tomales for $0.20 each. This makes for a long day to earn a few dollars. As a single mother, Maria shared how difficult life has been trying to provide for her children. Even when her children were younger, there were days she would have to leave them at home and go to work. She was so worried for her children but she had no choice. She shared how in their old house she would have to move Daniel around at night so he wouldn’t get wet during rain season. Maria couldn’t say enough how big of a blessing this house is for their family. She was incredibly grateful for this house that will keep her family dry in rain season and protect them with a door that locks. We had a great time chatting with the kids. Ingrid loves math in school but Anna likes recess. Ingrid plays on a soccer team, but Anna likes to help her Mom around the house. Daniel is not in school yet, but already loves soccer. When we asked if they had any questions for us, we could tell that Anna had something but was too shy to ask. Her Mom encouraged Anna to ask the question that was burning on her mind. Finally Anna asked, “What is snow like?” We had a fun time telling her about building snowmen and having snowball fights and wearing big winter boots to get through the snow. Anna ran back to where our team was doing Kids Ministry and got snowflakes painted on her cheek. We go to El Salvador thinking that these people will be so different than us. But then we get to know them and we find out that we are more the same than we are different. Maria wants to provide for her family and protect her children. She wants to give her kids a better future and more opportunities than she has had. This home not only gives much needed relief for Maria but gives hope to the next generation!