Everyone welcome at this event to celebrate all the successful journeys to El Sauce, this year and in the past. Bring your friends and family. Bring your stories!
Hilton High School, a loyal and long-time supporter of 4Walls, is sponsoring a spay/neuter clinic in El Sauce this November.
“Did you know that in seven years nearly 5000 kittens could be born from one unspayed female cat and her offspring,” asks Spanish teacher Michele Ariola? “Because of the success of our first clinic, we are partnering with NicaVets for another clinic.”
Please visit the Journeys of Solutions website to see how you can help.
Our friend and long-time partner, Colin Johnson, has changed his business and sharpened his story. See more here.
Maria Gillard, a Rochester songwriter, traveled to El Sauce in January. She wrote this song about her experience.
LADRILLO A LADRILLO (Brick by Brick)
It’s January in El Sauce, eighty-five degrees
Juan and Juanita and her friends play games in the neighborhood
We Americans are going there to help build a new house
With four brick walls, four brick walls
Now, some families, with ten or more persons,
live in houses made of tarps with holes in the roofs.
When it rains the adobe walls begin to crumble
And then these poor families are sad and humiliated
Brick by brick, board by board
Strong hands together, we build a home
while building trust and a bond
in our hearts, hearts and home
All of us, the children, and the neighbors work in the heat
Pepe, the chief mason, puts us to work with a smile.
He says,” Cut the cables, hose the bricks, dig a trench here,”
We are happy while we are working all day
The family of Juan and Juanita soon has a home
Sturdy and strong with a door and a window
When it rains in October, they will not have to worry at all
because once and for all, their home is safe and warm
Es enero en El Sauce, ochenta y cinco grados
Juan y Juanita y sus amigos juegan partidos en el barrio
Nosotros Americanos vamos alli a ayudar
Construen una casa nueva con cuatro paredes de ladrillos
Cuatro paredes de ladrillos
Ahora, algunas familias con diez o mas personas,
Viven en casas hechos de lonas, y techos con gonteras.
Cuando llueve las paredes de adobe comienzan a
Y entonces estas familias pobres son tristes y humillados
Refrain Ladrillo a ladrillo, tableta a tableta
Manos fuertes juntos construimos un hogar
Mientras establecer la confianza y un vínculo
en nuestros corazones, corazones y hogar
Nosotros, los niños y los vecinos trabajamos en el calor
Pepe, el jefe abañil, nos pone a trabajar con una sonrisa.
Se dice “Corte los cables, manguera los ladrillos , cavar una zanja aquí!”
Estamos alegres mientras estamos trabajando todo el día
La familia de Juan y Juanita pronto tendrá un hogar
Robusto y fuerte con una puerta y una ventana tambien
Cuando llueve en octubre que no tendrán que preocuparse
porque una vez por todas ellos casa es seguro y cálido
To our friends at 4 Walls,
I am enclosing checks totaling $1212 for the 4 Walls project. Of this, $700 was raised by my dad’s side of our family, including my parents, which chooses a charity to donate to every year, and this year chose the 4 Walls project. Another $125 was raised by my friends at my birthday party. My parents also chose to spend half the amount they usually do on gifts from Santa, and put the difference towards the 4 Walls project. The rest is made up of donations from friends, relatives, and friends of relatives, and from our family change jar. I hope to be able to add to this total soon.
Alice and her dad will travel to Nicaragua in June to work on their third house. On her own, Alice has raised money for all three of them!