'It isn't just Americans going over there to teach'


By Andew Veihmeyer

SANGER FARMERS DAVE AND LORI MARLER KNOW that Westerners cannot single-handily transform a place like Guinea-Bissau, one of the world’s smallest and poorest countries. That’s why they sponsor a Guinean instructor at the WAVS School and attend WAVS fundraisers, concerts and events in the Central Valley.

“It’s empowering,” Dave said of the WAVS School. “It isn’t just Americans going over there to teach.”
The Marlers appreciate the holistic approach of WAVS and its focus on job skills training and spiritual development.
“The practical things they are trained in – that’s important,” Dave said. “It is also important to us that the Gospel is taught.”
Besides their involvement with WAVS, the Marlers also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. In the past, Dave has helped with the nonprofit’s home construction projects for low-income families. If he ever visits the WAVS School in Canchungo, Dave said, he hopes to use his construction skills to help.
The Marlers currently live on their farm in Sanger maintaining fruit tree orchards. Dave oversees their crops and Lori is a special education resource specialist. Both are Fresno State University alum. The Marlers also host a small group Bible study with The Well Community Church.
They love to travel and recently took a trip to England and Ireland with their two children. Lori likes to read and hike, and Dave loves fly fishing, traveling to Kings Canyon National Park, Montana, and Alaska.

Andrew Veihmeyer is an intern with West African Vocational Schools. You can contact him at info@WAVSchools.org.

If you would like to join Dave and Lori in supporting WAVS, you can make a special one-time donation to the school or you can sign up for the WAVS Teacher Sponsorship Program here.