Day Two – Report from El Salvador from Yvonne Johnson
Welcome to this adventure!! I am so blessed to be going on this journey with the EJC.
Everyone in El Salvador has been so friendly. Their population is about 6 million people, and 60% live in urban areas. The Salvadorans who live and work outside of the country send billions of dollars in remittances back to their families every year.
We have learned so much about Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. They build beautiful homes for the people. Most people take out loans with Habitat to cover the cost of their home, but if you lose your job and don’t have any income they will work with you for as long as you need to make sure you keep your home. You can have a mortgage of 13 years or more to own your habitat home. The homes are even covered by home insurance in the event of a natural disaster like storms, mud slides, and
earthquakes. If your house gets damaged, the Habitat program will come back and help get your home back in shape. They have seven regional offices that they work out of to support people in buying their own homes.
We met with the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity El Salvador, Jorge Molina, today. I was filled up. My heart was flooded. I started to cry when he said that people don’t really want to leave El Salvador, and that mothers leave their children, and children are raised by their grandparents. Their parents think they can move somewhere else to do better by their children when they would rather not have to leave El Salvador. It was a spiritual experience for me.
I’m looking forward to sharing my great adventure when we get back, both with the other EJC worker advocates and all of you!
Peace and blessings,