The glass simply needs more water: Report from the Field from Howard Mayo

Is the glass of water half empty or is it half full?  This is a tale of two communities, mine and theirs.  This is a tale of a week long journey with no expectations other than to take a global look at community issues.  High unemployment, job insecurity, high cost of living, ethnic discrimination, frayed family ties are a mirror reflection of these communities.  I was given an opportunity

The EJC Delegation visits with a member of the Los Buenos community in Ahuachapan in her home built by Habitat for Humanity El Salvador

The EJC Delegation visits with a member of the Los Buenos community in Ahuachapan in her home built by Habitat for Humanity El Salvador

of a life time and I truly thank those who invited me and those who experienced this journey with me.  This is not a statement I make lightly.  I have attempted to drink from a fire hydrant of information, emotions and hard cold reality.  The love, pride and fighting spirit I found in a community which I thought was as different as night and day from mine was an inspiration to me and that mirror image.  A person of faith, family, self esteem and pride can live in any set of circumstances.  Every supposed negative was defeated by those four attributes.  Thank you, Ahuachapan, for teaching me that the only difference between your community and mine, Washington, D.C. is time and space, and that the glass simply needs MORE WATER.

In solidarity,

Howard Mayo

Worker Advocate