Oregon man helps build Habitat home in El Salvador

Oregon resident Charles Elliott was one of 23 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Dane County who returned Feb. 10 from a week of building homes for low-income families in El Salvador.

Participants paid their own expenses, including travel, and also collected sewing supplies and school supplies which were shared with local families and school children during the visit, according to a news release from county Habitat officials.

The El Salvador Habitat homes are about 450 square feet and made of seismic-resistant concrete blocks reinforced with steel to protect against earthquakes, which trouble the area. Habitat affiliates from around the world have built more than 7,000 houses in El Salvador.

Future visits to build more houses in the Getsemani Community in Ahucahapán, El Salvador, are being planned for 2014 and 2015. For information, contact Habitat ReStore Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Van Den Wymelenberg at kathleen@restoredane.org or (608) 661-2813.

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