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The Power of And

FELLOW STAKEHOLDERS, Our theme this year is The Power of &. Triumph is a bank… but we are far more than just a bank. That’s the “&” in our story.…

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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…

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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…

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Day 5: Serving Others Well

March 6, 2020 Read More

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 time with members of the community before the dedication ceremony. Just before lunch, a few members from the team and the Living Water staff showed up to the worksite with 50 pizzas! The TBK team pooled their resources to throw a surprise pizza party for the residents from the surrounding community. Our team was able to hand out slice after slice to a line of locals who were incredibly grateful for pizza, extending many “iGracias!” Following the party, it was time for the well dedication ceremony. The Living Water staff led children’s games and puppet shows. The TBK team performed a skit telling the story of The Good Samaritan. A local pastor spoke to the crowd and the TBK team was prompted to sit in…

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Day 4: Humility and Gratitude

March 5, 2020 Read More

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 morning and left the foundation to dry until the next day. Meanwhile, the hygiene team returned to the school to teach the children about oral hygiene and dental health, including good habits when caring for their teeth. The TBK team enjoyed a few hours off the drill site for a team lunch. Following fresh shrimp ceviche, they accepted an invitation to join the mayor and local Rotary Club for a boat tour off the Usulutan Coast, where our team has been staying and working. While our team enjoyed their lunchtime excursion, everyone was eager to get back to the village for their afternoon session with the community. The afternoon began with the community singing worship songs in both English and Spanish. Our team taught the…

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Day 3: Encontramos Aqua!

March 4, 2020 Read More

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 and started noticing extra water flowing from the drill platform. He was a participant on last year’s trip where the team drilled for 4 days and never hit water. “After that experience,” Chris said, “I was unsure if the extra water I was seeing was the water used by the drill to cool the pipes, or if we really were about to hit water.” Five minutes after noticing the excess water, the Living Water staff confirmed they had hit water! Team members were laughing and crying over the revelation that they hit water on the morning of the second day! The community members were also excited to come and see the clean water gushing from the ground. Men and women walked out of their fields…

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Day 2: Moving Hearts and Minds

March 3, 2020 Read More

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 team, followed by a walking tour of the community. The team visited the home of a mother of nine children to better understand the need for clean water in the community. The youngest, a baby, was all smiles for the TBK team! On their tour they visited the school where team members will take turns during the week teaching hygiene classes, teaching Bible stories, and making arts and crafts. The school is where the original well, which is no longer functional, is located. The team expressed how impactful it was to witness the joy on the faces of the children at the school. Following the walking tour, the team returned to the drill site and ate an incredible lunch of fried chicken, rice, beet and…

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Day 1: A Broken Well Means a Second Chance

March 2, 2020 Read More

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 serve a community where Living Water has provided a well previously. The manual hand pump for the old well stopped working, making it difficult to access the water. The well, which was built on the grounds of a school, is now mostly inaccessible to the community because of a fence now surrounding the private property of the school. While the village is in close proximity to a larger community with access to public water, certain political barriers have kept the village from accessing the utility supply. While there are a few shallow water sources being used by the community, they are unsafe due to sewage contamination. On a positive note, because another well site has been successful so close to the new well site, the…

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

April 22, 2019 Read More

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 of the community made for an unforgettable experience. http://player.vimeo.com/video/331043810?title=0&byline=0 We asked each team member to reflect on their time in El Salvador. Below are their experiences. Lorena | Interstate Capital – El Paso “The moment we arrived to the school, the kids and teachers received us with big smiles and hugs. They opened their hearts to us and gave us a very special welcome.  I enjoyed every minute I was at the school, whether it was teaching hygiene lessons or working at the drill site. This trip changed my perspective on life – I am very grateful for the many blessings I have in my life such as my family, education, my job, and clean running water in my house. Words don’t do justice to…

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Day 5: A Final Day with the Kids

March 29, 2019 Read More

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. The team was sad to leave and the students were sad to see them go. The assistant principal of the school said it best, “Your faces will always be in their hearts and they will think of you always,” Each team member had a child they had grown attached to throughout the week and were all impacted by the love and affection shown throughout their stay. Following an emotional goodbye, the TBK Bank team was able to spend one last recess with the kids filled with more jump rope, basketball, and fun. As the day came to an end, the team headed back to the Living Water house where they had pupusas for dinner, a traditional Salvadoran dish that has been a team favorite for…

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Day 4: A Different Perspective

March 28, 2019 Read More

On Wednesday, the TBK Bank team showed up to the school eager to make progress drilling at the new site. While the drilling team went to work, the hygiene team taught three lessons including dental hygiene (brushing and flossing), personal hygiene, and the food groups. They also shared the bible story in which Jesus goes fishing with Simon Peter. In the story, Jesus tells Simon Peter to cast his net to the other side of the boat. He then catches so many fish that the net begins to tear. The students decorated their own fish as a reminder of the story. After the lessons and crafts, the TBK Bank team played games and activities with the students. Using the donations made by the TBK Bank team members back home, the team brought three suitcases overflowing with arts and crafts supplies, outdoor games, and toys for the students. Sydney, from the El Paso office, flew a kite for her first time. She then taught the students how to fly the kite as well. Erika and Megan,…

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Day 3: Holding on to Hope

March 27, 2019 Read More

The team began Tuesday feeling hopeful and comfortable in their roles on the drill and hygiene teams. Gabe, from the Dallas office, said, “The group has a good routine. We’ve figured out how to anticipate when another team member needs a break so someone else can step to keep our progress moving forward.” After drilling more than 200 feet Monday, the team drilled an additional 300 feet Tuesday. Unfortunately, they did not strike water. The Living Water staff made plans to work through the night at an alternative site hoping to have greater success. While the drill team was hard at work, the hygiene team spent the day getting to know students, and some parents. Linda, from the East Moline branch, had the opportunity to comfort a little boy who didn’t want to be at school that day. The hygiene team performed a skit and shared a Bible story, which were well-received with great participation, clapping, and even dancing from the students! Following the skit and hygiene lesson, the students wrote prayer requests on construction…

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Day 2: Arriving at the Worksite

March 26, 2019 Read More

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. The team was eager to make it to the worksite and begin progress to bring a clean water source to a school, about an hour drive from the team house. As the TBK Bank team arrived at the school, they were welcomed by 90 enthusiastic children! Megan from the Dallas office appreciated this warm welcome from the students saying, “They went above and beyond. I was super impressed, especially with the young kids and their prayers and performance.” This school has been requesting a well for five years, but Living Water has been hesitant to attempt to drill a water well at their location due to high elevation. Recently, a Salvadorian village with similar elevation, had success with a well which gave Living Water the…