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Starting From a Single Seed – El Salvador Recap

Posted on May 2nd, 2016

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 to accept. Yet, the children and villagers weren’t the only ones who were changed. Through their generosity and open hearts, the team soon realized that they were equally changed by the opportunity to bring aid for such amazing people.

Elaine Bates

Elaine Bates

From the first moment the trip began when we all met as a team in the DFW Airport, I was elated.  Meeting the team members from all over TBK was a blast; I feel so blessed to be part of a business that promotes not only the philanthropy work, but togetherness through all our business units.  Getting the opportunity to be part of the drilling team was muddy, exhausting and exciting but the time spent with the children of the school was my favorite.  Their beautiful outlook in conditions most Americans would find unlivable lifted my spirits and touched my heart.

Carrie Martin

Carrie Martin

What an honor it was for me to go on this year’s trip.  Playing with the kids at the school, working along-side the Living Water staff, seeing the cool clear water bursting up from the ground, laughing and sweating with my co-workers are things I loved being a part of.  What a company we work for that allows such an experience for their employees!  I’m so grateful to God for this past week being able to serve in El Salvador.  “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” Ps. 133:1

Jacob Clark

Jacob Clark

I would encourage everyone to apply for the opportunity to go on this trip. By attending, it completely changed my outlook on life and helped me realize the blessings that we take for granted. I now have a special place in my heart for El Salvador and am glad Triumph could leave with a life changing impact on hundreds of children along with their community. Even though we are separated by thousands of miles and many borders, my brothers and sisters in El Salvador deserve the same health and happiness that my family is fortunate to have. Agua viva.

Linley Pisano

Linley Pisano

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to help bring a clean water source to the school, Concepcion Jalponga, alongside a great team of co-workers! Going into the trip, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I was blown away by the hospitality, joy and generosity of the people in the village of Santiago Nonualco. I enjoyed my time on the drilling team and as a hygiene teacher; and I will forever remember the big smiles and kind hearts of so many people we encountered throughout the week. Thank you to everyone who supported our trip through prayers, encouragement and fundraising efforts – every bit of this successful trip was a team effort!

Travis Cole

Travis Cole

Despite having been on a similar trip to El Salvador before, my week was full of introspection.  Did I just happen to win the genetic lottery being born into a country like the USA and consequently I get to enjoy all the comforts and benefits of living here?  Or, was I resourced with the things I have to steward them well for the benefit of others?

Ray Workman

Ray Workman

Someone once said “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” The El Salvador trip was defiantly a journey outside of my comfort zone and it couldn’t have felt better. It is so easy for me to get caught up in the hustle at work but this opportunity to serve others really put things in perspective. When I left El Salvador I had a strange feeling like I was not only saying goodbye to the children and the people of the village but I was also saying goodbye to the person that I was before the trip. Thank you Triumph!

Christine Bernend

Christine Berend

There really are no words to describe this experience.  Eye opening.  Inspiring.  Emotional.  Incredible.  Humbling. None of these words can adequately describe this amazing trip.  Prior to the trip, I hoped and prayed that beyond providing clean water to those so desperately in need, I could really just step back and truly serve the people of El Salvador well and be a blessing to them during this week.  In turn, they blessed me a hundred times over.  Their generosity and their hearts in serving us and each other was so encouraging and heart-warming.  Every moment was an incredible blessing – from working with the children and teachers at the school and helping drill the well to getting to know the Living Water staff and growing closer to our Triumph team, I will carry these amazing memories with me for the rest of my life. This was by far the toughest, most incredible, most physically and emotionally draining, (and dirtiest!) experience I have ever had.  And I loved every minute of it! This experience was truly life changing and I am beyond blessed and grateful for the opportunity.

Beth Ham

Beth Ham

I am honored and thankful for the opportunity to represent Triumph in El Salvador. As I have shared my experience with family, friends and even with some folks that we met in the airport, they are all amazed that a company would send their employees on a trip to build a water well. These types of trips are most often sponsored by a non-profit not a company. The Living Water team was exceptional in their service to the people of El Salvador and the team. They emptied themselves out on this trip to serve everyone and are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. I will never forget the impact that clean water makes on a community. This trip not only changed the lives of El Salvador, but also the lives of the Triumph team members who served them. Thank you again for allowing me the time and the resources to go.

Blaine Waugh

Blaine Waugh

El Salvador was a great experience – the people there were wonderful, particularly the Living Water staff who made working at Centro Escolar Concepcion Canton Jalponga a pleasure.  The icing on the cake was seeing the joy of 208 children at the school once the well yielded fresh, cool water on Wednesday.  We are fortunate to work for a company that supports a group of us in this kind of effort.  Would do it again tomorrow!

Deanna Carlson

Deanna Carlson

What an amazing trip this was to El Salvador.  It was more than I expected it to be.  The teachers and kids at the school were warm and welcoming, and the school was filled with joy and laughter. It was great to see all the kids in their school uniforms every day. Our Living Water leaders Enrique, Norma and Stanley were wonderful and hardworking people, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to experience it with. I will never forget the experiences our team went through to help provide clean water to the children, families and the community.

Tracy Hammer

Tracy Hammer

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for this trip… I found that I discovered “myself” on this trip and learned a whole lot about other cultures other than the one I was so accustomed to! This trip was “life-altering” for me and I would definitely recommend it to EVERYONE! I will be forever grateful to Triumph for making this trip possible! My heart was touched in so many ways over the past week!

Jan Bellah

Jan Bellah

Partnering with Living Water to provide clean water for the children and their families of Santiago Nonualco was a privilege and a life changing opportunity.  We were greeted with such excitement by all the school children and teachers that we were overwhelmed.  This was such a great experience in forming relationships with people of another culture as well as other team members.  I have been inspired and humbled at the joy and generosity of a community of people for whom we were there to serve.  This experience has brought into focus the things that are important in life, a reordering of priorities and being grateful for what I have.

Hasta la próxima vez, El Salvador!
Until next time, El Salvador!