Today was the fourth day of our build in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and we were awakened with our usual daily wake-up call—the wonderful smells of chicken with cashew nuts, fried dough with sweetened sauce and dark roast coffee.
Our group has fully united as one Delta Force for Global Good by spending long days working in the intense sun of beautiful Chiang Mai—spending our time building walls brick by brick for our families, much like adding rungs to the ladder of opportunity and hope we’ve now helped provide by giving these families their own homes.
And as long as one has hope, anything can be accomplished. Khun Kumbao, the future owner of the home and his family, have been working side by side with us and a renewed sense of hope.
Working so closely with the family throughout this week has helped us develop strong relationship with the family. Last night was particularly special as the family joined us for dinner, where we met their children for the first time.
Not only have we bonded with the family, but our team has gotten the chance to really gel, we built not only working relationships but also lasting friendships.
Along with brick and mortar homes, we built the foundation and the stepping stones of success. But we have to ask the question of what does one define as success? For some it is to have to the career of their dreams and go to college, but for our Habitat families, success to them comes down to having the most basic necessities like a roof over their heads and a safe neighborhood where they can raise their children.
All of the families of this build will always be part of the Delta family and will remain in our thoughts and prayers forever.
Being of Thai heritage, this trip has been very meaningful in the sense that it has allowed me to connect with my native country on a new and personal level. My family is Thai and it makes one proud to be part of such a great cause. Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”