Last month 19 men, including WOOD magazine’s publisher Mark Hagen, below, went on a week-long mission trip to Rancho Alto, Ecuador (just outside Quito). There, they took on construction projects including tiling floors, laying cinder block walls, re-roofing a “snack hut”, and building tables and shelves. Surprisingly, none of these men are in construction for their normal day jobs. Once in Ecuador, they laid down their stethoscopes, laptops, cell phones, and briefcases to pick up nail guns, miter saws and trowels.
The group was asked to refurbish the hut, below, to make it usable for the local school. The old tin roof had to be removed, walls raised and a new roof added.
New supports for the roof are being installed, below. A big thank you to Mike Napoli of DeWalt (light shirt) who provided some awesome tools!
Shown below is the finished hut. The group even had time to make a few picnic tables.
Only one member of the mission trip had the “curiosity” to try the local delicacy, grilled guinea pig, below.
Several member of the group helped build a second story addition to the adult learning center shown below.
Here, Mark takes a break and is surrounded by his new found friends.
Rancho Alto, below, is about 10,500 feet above sea level and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
Many homes in the region, like that shown below, do not have running water.
The children of Ecuador are bright and inquisitive.
Local dancers, like that shown below, put on several shows for the group, including at a festival on the last night.
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