VP-8 Work With Habitat For Humanity in El Salvador
COMALAPA, El Salvador (NNS) -- Sailors from Patrol Squadron 8 (VP-8) teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Feb. 22, to assist a local family constructing a new home in Tapalhuaca, El Salvador.
The 18 Sailors from VP-8, also known as the "Fighting Tigers," mixed concrete, dug post holes, and built cinder block exterior walls.
"It was a great opportunity to serve a local family in a very tangible way," said Lt. j.g. Paxie Cordova, a pilot with VP-8. "The family's gratitude and excitement at how much progress we made in one day made this experience truly rewarding."
Habitat for Humanity International is a global Christian nongovernmental housing organization that brings together people of all races, nationalities and religions to build homes, communities and hope.
"We were really excited to get our hands dirty and do something good for the community" said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Christopher Lewis. "I think our enthusiasm and teamwork made the day a great success and I look forward to serving the local community in a similar capacity soon."
Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by building and improving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity El Salvador relies mostly on donations and volunteers to provide housing to families, many of whom have been displaced by natural disasters. Since they began aiding Latin America in 1979, Habitat for Humanity has helped provide more than 100,000 families with adequate housing.
The "Fighting Tigers" of VP-8 are currently deployed to the 4th and 5th fleet areas of responsibility, assisting in the Counter Transnational Organized Crime mission and providing humanitarian assistance.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
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