Imagine having a home…now imagine it’s been destroyed by an earthquake. For hundreds of thousands of families living in El Salvador they don’t have to imagine…it’s their reality. Now imagine you can build a house for only $3,800 – that’s all it costs to bring a family in El Salvador security, peace, and a place to call home.

Since 2019 Awnings And More has been supporting Shelter and participating in building homes in El Salvador changing lives of dozens of families each year.

In March of 2024, Awnings And More owner Jason Smith and his daughter Cameron have the privilege to travel to El Salvador to build homes for those who have been left homeless due to devastating natural disasters. Although hundreds of homes have been build last year alone, the need for more is in high demand and we need your help!

If you would like to support our mission in the way of donating funds towards a house, you can donate online at https://www.shelterhelps.com/mtcspringbreak. Please specify the team member JASON SMITH at the bottom of the page so we can keep you informed of the families you are helping.

Who Is Involved?

McKenzie Towne Church (MTC), in partnership with Shelter Canada, is sending a team to El Salvador in March 2024.

Shelter Canada, a Christian non-profit organization that has been bringing hope through sustainable housing to families devastated by natural disasters and abject poverty since 2002.

What Is The Goal?

Our goal is to build 20 homes in one week. Each house costs $3,800. Shelter Canada, in partnership with local communities, Canadian churches, and individual donors, built 397 houses last year alone – that translates to more than 1,600 men, women, and children now having a safe place to call home.

Shelter provides much needed stable employment for 42 El Salvadorans who we will work alongside in building 20 homes.

The process begins with the recipient family clearing and preparing the existing land where the new home will be built. Along with participating in the building process, they are also required to pay $100 USD (approximately 3 months wages), which creates a sense of ownership.

When Is It?

Spring Break, March 2024.

Where Are We Going?

San Vicente, El Salvador (located in central El Salvador with an estimated population of more than 55,000). El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and the most densely populated.

Why?

In 2001, a series of earthquakes measuring nearly 8.0 on the Richter scale, devastated El Salvador. More than 108,000 homes were destroyed and another 170,000 sustained immense damage – hundreds died and thousands were injured. Traumatized people were further terrorized by thousands of aftershocks. The devastation, years later, is still evident and has been compounded by continued natural disasters such as hurricanes, landslides, flooding, and volcanic eruptions. It is estimated that more than 500,000 are living in unacceptable housing. El Salvador has one of the highest rates of criminal activity in the world and with half of all children and youth living in extreme poverty, the need to provide safe and secure housing is even more critical.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to partner with us in providing a safe and secure home for the most vulnerable, you can make a donation by visiting https://www.shelterhelps.com/mtcspringbreak. Please specify the team member JASON SMITH at the bottom of the page so we can keep you informed of the families you are helping.