Fort Saskatchewan residents took a very rewarding trip to Central America.
 
Danny Tchir and his two sons travelled to El Salvador from Mar.17-25 to build houses.
 
Working with a team of roughly 20 volunteers they built 18 homes.
 
“It’s tough to sum it up in just a few words, but I think it was really life changing. Not just for the families that received the houses, but life changing for us on the team as well,” said Tchir.
 
Heartland Alliance Church in Sherwood Park teams up with Shelter Canada to send teams of volunteers to Central America to build houses. The teams go from October through to April before the rainy season sets in.
 
“Every member pays for their own trip costs, which includes lodging, transportation and meals,” he said.
 
Team members do fundraising to get cash for the houses, which cost roughly $3,400 each. The homes are prefabricated metal structures roughly 350 square feet consisting of three rooms and a covered patio. They only take a few hours to put together.
 
This was Tchir's first time volunteering.
 

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