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Team 7 Arrives in El Salvador

For the 7th consecutive year, TBK Bank has sent a group of 12 team members to El Salvador with Living Water International to bring clean water to a community in need. The team arrived safely in El Salvador on Sunday afternoon! Members of this years’ team traveled from the…

Day 1: Safe Travels to El Salvador

This year marks the 6th consecutive year that Triumph has sent a group of team members to El Salvador to drill a water well with Living Water International. Our annual trip to El Salvador is near and dear to the heart of this organization for many reasons. Living Water…

The Home Stretch: Day 5 in El Salvador

Thursday was an enjoyable day for the team in El Salvador. It started with a Living Water devotional focused on generosity and was followed by a hardy breakfast. After breakfast, the team was fueled up and ready to get to work! Minimal work remained Thursday after the team achieved significant…

A Day Can Make All the Difference: Day 4 in El Salvador

Yesterday we shared that the Triumph team was fighting off feelings of disappointment when their original well placement, including two days’ worth of drilling, was lost due to unexpected issues with water pressure. Today, we are pleased to report that the team was able to make up lost time and…

Oh How the ‘Water Tables’ Have Turned: Day 3 in El Salvador

After a successful first day of drilling, day two started off equally well for the Triumph team. The morning devotional focused on unity, teamwork and compassion, all of which have been visible in this group since the beginning of the trip. It wasn’t until later in the day that this…

Warm Welcomes (and Full Bellies): Day Two 2 in El Salvador

The Triumph team is glad to report their first day in Canton Cerco de Piedra was promising! The day was filled with heartfelt greetings, drilling deep enough to strike water, connecting instantly with the people of the village and not only one, but three Salvadorian meals. A welcoming sign that…

Starting From a Single Seed – El Salvador Recap

In four short days, the Triumph team drilled and established a water well in addition to teaching over 150 students about the importance of hygiene. To one Salvadorian school, the gift of a clean water source reshaped their community and eliminated the dependency on unclean pesticide-ridden water they had learned…

The Beauty in the Blossom: Day Four in El Salvador

Today was the final day in Santiago Nonualco for Triumph. In the last three days, the Triumph team dug 51 meters into the ground, built a well, taught important personal hygiene lessons to the children, bonded with the villagers, and gave the community something they didn’t have before, clean water.

Tenacity is Patience: Day Three in El Salvador

Some change may come overnight, but others take time. Yesterday, the Triumph team successfully reached water at 51 meters, giving the village of Santiago Nonualco their first taste of clean water. Yet, there was still much more to do. Yesterday, the team knew they had to finish building the well…

Caring with Love: Day Two in El Salvador

At 6 A.M., with the sun peering over the horizon, many team members may consider this time as their first snooze back in the states. Instead, they were all wide awake and eager to continue the work started from the previous day. Each member knew it was going to be…

Planting the Seed: Day One in El Salvador

Four hours and 1,400 miles later, a group of Triumph team members landed in El Salvador Sunday with the mission of establishing the gift of clean water to those in need. Partnering with Living Water International, they will spend an entire week in the community of Santiago Nonualco — a…

Triumph and Celebration: Day Four in El Salvador

The well digging team’s final day in Santa Rosa, El Salvador was a day of triumph and celebration. While several members of the team worked to complete the well, others played soccer and tossed Frisbees with the children. Kevin and Jason securing the well cap Kurt signing the well…

A Day of Milestones: Day Three in El Salvador

The perseverance of Triumph’s El Salvador team resulted in a day of milestones on their third day in Santa Rosa. The team worked with the women and children of the village, teaching them about the food groups and importance of eating healthy. They also showed them the connection between their…

Taking Dead Aim: Day Two in El Salvador

Inspired by the success of the first day, Triumph’s El Salvador team went straight to work in the village of Santa Rosa on Tuesday. Kevin, Kurt, Todd, Jason and Deana prepping the next length of pipe for the drill The drilling team, consisting of Carrie, Ruth, Deana, Estevan, Kevin, Kurt…

Getting Muddy for Clean Water: Day One in El Salvador

Triumph’s Philanthropic Vision is focused in four areas: training leaders, establishing viable communities, serving the less fortunate and giving people a second chance. One of the ways in which we serve the less fortunate is through our support of Living Water International. Why water? Water…

An Impactful Trip: Memories from El Salvador 2014

Many team members have described the 2014 El Salvador trip as a “trip of a lifetime” or an experience that will forever be on their heart. Whatever language was used by each team member, there was one consistent message—everyone was impacted. Below is a compilation of what each team member…

Bittersweet Day: Day Four in El Salvador

Day four in El Salvador was filled with celebrations and tears as the well was completed and the team members and the people of Comunidad Marvin said their farewells. After the team completed the well, the people of the village and Triumph team members gathered together for the well dedication…

Overflowing Joy: Day Three in El Salvador

After yesterday’s challenges drilling the well, the team was overwhelmed with the success of day three, hitting water at 210 feet! The drilling team began the process of preparing the well that will soon bring clean water to the Comunidad Marvin. Davis ensures the PVC casing doesn’t fall down the…

Breaking Through the Barrier: Day Two in El Salvador

The Triumph team in El Salvador continues to break through barriers–with each other, with the people of the village, and even with the well. As the Triumph team members continue to work in Comunidad Marvin, they are overwhelmed with the love shown by the people in the village. Through time…

Light After the Storm: Day One in El Salvador

To a community who has recently seen the devastating effects of a flood, a clean water well will be a welcoming sight. The Triumph team arrived in El Salvador on Sunday and began work in Comunidad Marvin on Monday. With only 95 people in the community, the people of Comunidad…

Trip of a Lifetime: Memories from El Salvador

Life Changing. Powerful. Convicting. Impactful. These words were used by Triumph team members to describe the “trip of a lifetime” to El Salvador. On February 3rd, our 12-person team left for El Salvador with Living Water International to build a water well and to teach hygiene classes to the village…

Overflow: Day Four in El Salvador

“Este pozo es donado por Triumph Bancorp y Living Water International en el nombre de Jesus.” These words will rest forever on a water well in a village outside of Acajutla, El Salvador and will resonate forever in the hearts of the Triumph team members. Translated, the plaque reads: “This…

Drops in the Bucket: Day Three in El Salvador

For the Triumph team, each day in El Salvador has been a drop of water in the bucket. Our goal is knowing at the end of the week, the bucket (or water well in this case) will be overflowing. The Triumph team and the Living Water International (LWI) drilling team…

“Thank You For Giving Us Live Water”: Day Two in El Salvador

“Thank You for Giving Us Live Water” adorned a sign made by the children in the village. This sign hanging outside of the school inspired the Triumph team this morning. A sign made by the children in the village encourages the team as they begin their second day in El…

Establishing Viable Communities: Day One in El Salvador

At least 783 million people around the world lack access to clean drinking water, and the lack of clean drinking water leads to 2.2 million deaths each year. By partnering with Living Water International (LWI), which drills wells to provide clean drinking water to the world’s poorest communities, Triumph is…

A Trip Overview from Building Well #8

In mid-March, twelve members of the Triumph team returned from the eighth annual trip to El Salvador through Living Water International. Below, each member of the team has shared a variety of highlights from their time serving and bringing clean water to the community of El Encanto. Stacy TBK Bank…

Day 5: Serving Others Well

Thursday was the team’s final day to visit the well site. The Living Water staff team applied the finishing touches in assembling the pump and flushing out the bleach that is used to disinfect the well before use. It was a laid back morning, allowing the TBK team to spend…

Day 1: A Broken Well Means a Second Chance

The TBK Team arrived safely in El Salvador on Sunday to begin our 8th annual trip to El Salvador with Living Water International. After a full day of travel, and a little exploration, the team was given a briefing on where they will serve for the week. The team will…

More than Just a Well: Reflections from Well Building #7

TBK Bank sent its seventh team to El Salvador with Living Water International with hopes of bringing a clean water source to a school in the village of Sonsonate. Though the elevation at the school prevented the team from reaching water, the time they spent with the children and members…

A Trip Overview from Building Well #6

The TBK Bank team returned from El Salvador at the end of April – however, they each left a piece of their hearts in El Salvador. While serving the community of San Josecito, the team learned many lessons – some the same and some very personal. Regardless of their upbringing,…

Day 4: Finding Fresh Water and A Celebration of Life

After hitting water Tuesday, our TBK Bank team showed up Wednesday morning ready to drill a bit further to ensure that they had reached a plentiful water supply. The team was unable to drill into the next level of rock, but it was determined this well location was still viable.

A Trip Overview from Building Well #5

Three weeks have passed since Triumph’s team of 12 returned from building their well with Living Water International in El Salvador, but great memories and strong friendships remain. The team was faced with disappointment when the first well that they drilled could not provide enough water pressure to pump water.

Do Well. Do Good. More Than a Grammar Discussion.

“How did you do?” “I did good.” “No, you did well. Things are good; activities go well.” I can’t tell you how many times my mom and I had this conversation. It happened often enough that I developed (or she instilled??) the questionable habit of correcting the grammar of others—much…

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Day 4: Humility and Gratitude

Wednesday was a short work day for the drill team after they hit water on Tuesday. The team spent the morning laying a concrete foundation for the water pump. This work required them to recruit six men from the community to help. The drill team finished their work in the…

Day 3: Encontramos Aqua!

Tuesday was a great day for the TBK team in El Salvador. After their drilling progress on Monday, the team started the day excited, ready to get to work and cautiously optimistic for what the day would hold. Just before lunch, team leader Chris was working on the drill site…

Day 2: Moving Hearts and Minds

The TBK Team arrived in El Encanto (“The Charm”) on Monday morning, ready to serve! Upon their arrival, they were greeted by scores of people from the community, as well as the mayor, the principal of the school, and a local pastor. There was a ceremony held to welcome our…

Day 2: Arriving at the Worksite

Yesterday marked the first official work day for the TBK Bank team in El Salvador. The team began their day with a devotion and team time with the Chick-fil-A group before departing to their two worksites. Members of the TBK Bank team even led worship with guitar and bongo drums.

Day 5: Fútbol and Friendships

The week is coming to an end for the TBK Bank team in El Salvador. They made great progress and enjoyed making new friends in the village of Santiago Nanualco. On Thursday, the drilling team put everything in place to make the well fully functioning. They poured the concrete foundation…

Day 2: First Day of Work with a Fish and a Frog

The TBK Bank team in El Salvador got off to a great start during their first day in Santiago Nonualco! They began with a tour of the community on which the team explored the area they will be serving for the week. They learned the well they are digging is…

Embarking on our Fifth Trip

For the fifth year in a row, Triumph has sent 12 of our team members to the country of El Salvador with Living Water International to help bring clean water to a remote Salvadorian village. Why might a bank travel to another country to drill a water well? Our…

Back to School with Village Oaks

If you follow the Triumph blog, you’ve probably read about our well building trips to El Salvador with Living Water International. The team at Triumph is also excited to support our local Dallas community. Just in time for back to school, Triumph distributed 100 school supply kits for the kids…

Triumph Team Members Share Memories from Their Life-Changing Trip

A group of Triumph team members traveled to a remote village in El Salvador for the third year in a row with the mission of digging wells to supply the gift of clean water to a community in desperate need. While this trip was meant to make a significant impact…

Triumph Lands a Spot on the Best Companies to Work for in Texas List

On March 31, three members of Triumph’s team travelled to Austin for the celebration of the 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The Best Companies program is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texas SHRM and the Best Companies Group. It is designed…

Reflect and be Thankful

At Triumph, the Christmas spirit is seen in more than just our festive decorations and joyful parties—it is seen most clearly in the hearts of our generous people. In support of Behind Every Door, the Triumph team came together to collect an overwhelming amount of coats, clothing and canned goods…

Day 5: A Final Day with the Kids

Yesterday morning the team made their way back to the school one last time to pack up their things and say goodbye to students and community members. To end their time together, there was dancing and singing along with many tears shed by both students and TBK Bank team members.