EL SALVADOR: 2015
Sonsonate Bakery School Project
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Saturday, April 18: We landed safely and on time made our way to the hotel, and visited the job site today. A lot of progress has been made, but we have our work cut out for us! We’re eager to start Monday morning on the various tasks we assigned each other today. Gary has done a great job trying to catch the project up since money delay.
Questions? Please contact Michael Irvine, Board President for New Horizons El Salvador: Working together toward a better future. [email protected]
Questions and Answers…
1) Is there existing utilities readily available on site?
2) Sewer connections (size and condition)?
4) Electrical? What are the estimated demands? Is there an existing electricity ran to the building?
5) Natural gas? Estimated BTU’s of existing equipment plus new demand?
6) Existing slope/grading? Does there need to be any fill added the buildings footprint?
1) List of existing equipment?
2) List minimum equipment needed? Oven? Mixer? Tables? Chairs? Refrigerator?
3) How many students are in the classroom?
4) Type of ovens – Gas or Wood?
After updating with information from Cam and Gary who have been in recent contact with the School, below is a link with an updated description of our project. This will be included in materials we use to raise funds.
In 1998, in the wake of a series of devastating hurricane-generated floods and earthquakes in Central America, Guillermo Gonzalez, a native of El Salvador and a member of the St. Andrew congregation, approached the Church to ask if it could provide financial assistance to support the construction of housing for residents of a small village in that country, named Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is a village of close to 1,000 people — over half of them under 18, and badly in need of many basic necessities. It is located in the hills, up a badly rutted road, midway between Sonsonate and the country’s capital city of San Salvador.
After meeting with village leaders, local government officials and various local non-profit organizations St. Andrew put together a five-year plan for what it hopes to accomplish in Buenos Aires. Rather than helping with a few projects in one village and then moving on to another village, St. Andrew has made a long-term commitment to stay in Buenos Aires and help the village meet as many of the needs of the villagers as possible.
Since St. Andrew sent down the initial emergency funds in 1998, the church has been a part of many projects in the village and has sent three work groups down to El Salvador.
The first work group went to the village in October of 2002 to construct a pre-fabricated 60-foot long metal building, which will be used by the village as a combination school and community center.
A second “team” was sent to the village in 2004 to build a community center after the church purchased the plot of land where the community center was to be located and then donated both the land and the bulding to the village.
In 2007 the church sent a third team to the village to build an additional school room as the village had outgrown the three-room school building the church had built in 2002 and a second room that World Vision Canada (link) had constructed in 2006.
On April 4, 2010 a fourth team left for El Salvador. The project this time was the construction of a playground as well as a basketball court that also doubles as a mini soccer field.
It is the goal of St. Andrew to serve as a model to other organizations and individuals who wish to help in similar ways in El Salvador. We are more than happy to speak with you and share what we have learned so that you can choose a village to support and them as best as you possible can. If you would like more information about St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and its work in El Salvador please feel free to contact David Irvine at [email protected].