BUILDING GOOD WILL
Vaughn project manager Ben Pierson took a week-long good will mission trip to a small village in El Salvador called La Cuchilla to help drill a well with our trade contractor partners, Kilgore Mechanical, Pieper-Houston Electric, and Enterprise Construction. The trip was headed by a Houston-based organization called Living Water International (LWI), whose goal is to provide rural communities in Central America, the Caribbean, and East Africa with access to potable water and the related public health benefits.
Each person on the trip brought unique skills to bear based on their work experiences in the construction industry. With assistance from the men in the community, the mission team drilled down 39 meters to reach a steady flow of clean water for the community’s well and installed its permanent pump system. From the time a community applies to receive a well to the time the application is approved is typically six to eight months. So, when the mission team installed the outer casing into the drill shaft and flushed the shaft with compressed air, it created a geyser of water, and much celebration from the community. To express their gratitude, the residents of Cuchilla provided meals for the construction team and the children of the community sang songs.
Ben said, “I am passionate about construction and the opportunity to work in the medical and higher education spheres, helping our clients create buildings that support meaningful endeavors. I was blessed with the opportunity to live internationally with my family during high school and it was during this period that I discovered the joy of both helping others and construction as the vehicle by which to do so. I have never forgotten the joy that mission construction brings me and was excited to have this opportunity.”
The Vaughn family established the Vaughn Construction Community Foundation as a vehicle for providing financial assistance to not-for-profit agencies that support quality healthcare, research, and educational endeavors, with special emphasis on organizations serving the communities in which our employees live and work.