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Ron Brenneman

Born in Ohio and raised in southern Delaware, Ron grew up in a small Mennonite community and became a builder/carpenter by trade.  The Mennonite tradition of service to others led him to combine building with volunteer posts. He served for two years as a volunteer carpenter in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and a summer stint at Ocean City, Maryland as staff in a shelter care center.

In 1983, at the age of 25, Ron volunteered through the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as a builder in the Colomoncagua Refugee Camp in Honduras. This camp was the temporary home to some 8,000 Salvadorans displaced from the northern part of the Morazan province by the genocidal civil war which began in 1981.  Upon concluding his service with MCC, Ron continued to work in Colomoncagua with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In 1986, he transferred to El Salvador with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), working there with civilians in war-zones until the signing of the peace accords in January of 1992.

Ron has remained in Perquin, Morazan, literally about 10 miles from where he started out in the refugee camp, where he owns and operates the Hotel Perkin Lenca.  He lives there with his wife Ena Catalina and their four children, Jeovana, Michael, Andrew and Sarah.

Ron is a founding member and one of the primary forces behind the Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, which in 2008 established the school Amun Shea.  Amun Shea is developing an educational program with the goal of eradicating the causes of poverty and underdevelopment within the region of northern Morazan.