Earlier this month Nautique invited several team athletes, dealers, and employees on a Nautique Cares service trip to El Salvador. Over the course of three days the group worked with a school in the town of Ahuachapán named La Atarraya helping out with children’s soccer clinics, digging the foundation for a new classroom, going on community feeding missions, and building the “Ship of Knowledge;” a specialized installment in the schools soon to be library.
Zack Worden, Tommy Czeschin, Mike Dowdy, Rhoni Barton Bischoff, J.D. Webb, and Raimi Merrit at the La Atarray soccer clinic.
Welcomed by the Hamilton family who started the school with nothing but a dream in 1993, their vision has become reality as a result of hard work, dedication, and a passion for helping others that was contagious, immediately inspiring everyone in the group to dig in. For many of the people on the trip, this was their first opportunity to serve in this way.
This trip was amazing! It was a huge eye opener for me being the first time I have experienced a country like El Salvador on this level and realized the opportunity we have to make a difference to people living in poverty all around the world. Thank you Nautique for giving us all the opportunity to be a part of this!” – Mike Dowdy
J.D. Webb explaining the Waves for Water Filtration System he brought for the communities.
“Going down to El Salvador with the Nautique crew was such a humbling experience. Giving back is something that I have always been passionate about doing, and it’s even better when the company that supports me has the same outlook on life as I do!” – J.D. Webb
With school in session, the team got to see what La Atarraya truly is beyond the beautiful hand built facility and stories told. Riding to school on the bus along with the kids, driving into their communities and past their homes, it became apparent that the school was their safe haven and one chance to learn how to better their situation for themselves and their community through education and faith. Something we can sometimes take for granted, the importance and privilege of education takes on a new meaning in an area that has learned to accept poverty with no hope of getting out. With school in session the facility came alive and the students welcomed the team with fanfare. Connecting with the students and with the community was a powerful experience and its places like this that drive Nautique Cares.
Here’s a quick clip that Bob put together of the service trip. Bob Soven Video of Nautique Cares Trip to El Salvador
“It was an amazing trip down to El Salvador to lend a helping hand at the school. I think we all left there with a new understanding of life, be grateful for everything you have and don’t ever forget to get give back.” – Bob Soven
The La Atarraya Students welcoming the team to their school.
“While it was an amazing opportunity to participate in the feeding programs, provide clothing, teach soccer clinics, work on English lessons, visit the local maternity ward and build the ship of knowledge, it is the relationships we built with the Hamilton family, the children of El Salvador and our fellow Nautique athletes that inspires me. Because we were there, they knew we cared. Because we care, we have empowered them to become more than they ever dreamed possible. For me personally, this was a trip of a lifetime, Thank you Nautique for caring!” – Rhoni Barton Bischoff
“It was such an amazing experience and honor to travel to El Salvador with Team Nautique to help serve the community there. I am so blessed to be a part of a company that focuses on helping make the world better and touching lives along the way.” – Raimi Merritt
Each night the team came together to talk about the trip and reflect on their experiences. One thing that became apparent was the root of Nautique Cares resides in each person and resonates throughout the entire organization. It’s something we’re dedicated to and proud to use our talents, success, resources and faith to impact the world in a positive way. It’s growing each year and every person in the Nautique family contributes to what we are able to do.
“I am so great full to have gone on the Nautique cares trip to El Salvador, it was awesome. It was so neat to see what the Hamilton’s do for the kids of El Salvador, educating them, teaching them English, skills, and trades. As a result making a direct impact on the country. I really enjoyed getting to know the whole team that went down, helping build the ship of knowledge, playing soccer, hanging with the kids, and hearing about Pastor Bob’s journey to getting where he is. These kids don’t have much but they do have much joy and a bright future thanks to the Hamilton’s. What a great ministry to support. Thanks to Nautique for the opportunity to be a part of this. Truly Nautique Cares.” – Tommy Czeschin
The Ship of Knowledge – Constructed in two days dubbed the “Miracle Boat Build II”.
Check out the video below documenting Team Nautique’s experience in El Salvador.
2014 Team Nautique Service Trip to El Salvador from Nautique Boats on Vimeo.
For more information on the Nautique Cares initiatives, please visit www.nautiquecares.com.