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 fulfills two of our philanthropic priorities: Establishing Viable Communities and Serving the Less Fortunate.
Living Water’s approach combines a source of clean drinking water with education and sanitation to vastly improve the lives of people and communities around the globe. When children do not have access to clean drinking water, waterborne parasites often keep them out of school and steal their focus in the classroom, overall limiting their potential for success. Women who travel far distances each day over steep and rocky terrain are made vulnerable to sexual assault. All members of a community experience the threat of illness and death due to drinking and cooking with contaminated water. When a community is given access to clean drinking water, they are given a fresh start. Their livelihoods improve and they don’t have to live in fear that their water is going to harm themselves or their families.
Yesterday, our team of 12 arrived safely in El Salvador. After traveling from Texas, Colorado, Illinois, and Iowa, our 12 team members met in Houston to board their flight to San Salvador. The team settled in at their hotel and spent the night preparing for the week ahead. On Monday, the team will travel to the community of San Josecito in Santiago Nonualco to begin drilling the well and teaching hygiene classes to the community.
Keep coming back each day this week for another update on the team and their progress. Stay tuned!
TBK Bank Team #6 at the airport in Houston. Lou (back row, center) is on staff with Living Water and ran into one of our team members waiting in line for breakfast! Lou will be in El Salvador this week checking on teams in various locations.
The team posing outside the airport in San Salvador
Chris posing with the ocean and a sunset in the background