Just a few old pictures from Habitat events
We haven't stopped to count, but we received an enormous response to our plea for volunteers for the Haiti trip. It's humbling to see so many people who want to help. We have a few more interviews left to do before we announce the final roster, but I'd just like to say thanks for all the interest. This is going to be a worthwhile trip!
On the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, on land formerly owned by the infamous dictator Anastasio Somoza, Habitat for Humanity is helping build 50 houses for families living on under $2 a day per person. Several weeks ago I was in Nicaragua and had the pleasure of spending a morning visiting some of the families.
The community of 'La Gallina' ('The Hen') was named after pre-Columbian petroglyphs etched into the ceiling of a nearby shallow cave, some of which look vaguely chicken-like. In...
I first started volunteering with Habitat in the early 1990s.
In 1994, I took what was supposed to be a three-year sabbatical from my career (a newspaper artist at the Chicago Tribune) and moved to the Dominican Republic to volunteer, managing a Habitat affiliate not far from the border of Haiti. When those three years were up, I didn't return to my career - I stayed in Latin America and continued to support Habitat for Humanity. Since then, I've worked with the organization full-time in a number of different capacities, located in a number of different countries.
Currently I work in the Latin American/Caribbean area office, located in San Jose, Costa Rica.