El Salvador is a country of immense beauty and charm, and also poverty. After visiting and exploring the country, I was enamored by the landscape and culture. In touch with their Mayan roots, Salvadorans are hard working and friendly, full of pride and respect. Many Americans do not travel due to the civil war of the past, but the country now is beautiful and inviting.
El Salvador has impoverished conditions, where most workers make about $7 a day. Agricultural workers have a monthly salary of $90, so clearly El Salvador is a place of need. When exploring the country, I was privy to viewing houses made from metal and tarps, and roads completely washed out by the recent swell. I was inspired to start two projects for El Salvador, both very important causes in the country.
We visited the Remar orphanage in El Tunco and got to tour the facility. With over 100 children and a school to run, this orphanage has high overhead costs. They are working to build houses for older kids and create a bakery to support the orphanage and teach the children skills. All these projects have helped the orphanage grow self sustaining, but there are still needs, mainly financial. The children were adorable and I was blessed by hugs and smiles, pictured below. Little Known Help Zone donated tons of books and toys as well as $50, with more projects to come. With collaboration, there will be attempts to provide a solar system as well as create a website and base in the US to earn more funding for orphanage projects.
When exploring the coffee plantation, I learned the ins and outs of how the coffee we drink and love comes to be. One detail the stuck out to me is the women who hand sort the coffee beans to assure the highest quality. These women work 8 hours a day and have no ear protections due to little funds. Their job is important to the lives of many and they deserve the best in return. Little Known Help Zone is going to work to send ear plugs to these women to protect their hearing and provide a comfortable working environment. Stay tuned for more!
For the trip to El Salvador, Little Known Help Zone will be bringing a variety of fun books to the Remar Orphanage.
First, Little Known Help Zone would like to extend huge thanks to Salisbury Middle School for donating over 30 books to bring to El Salvador. These beginner level chapter books are perfect, as often times donations do not include advanced books like these. These will be perfect for people trying to perfect their english moving forward and the books are wonderful. All of these will be going.
Also going will be over 15 children’s books and 5 School Workbooks. Additionally, some toys and clothing will be brought as well.
These donations will be distributed to the kids at the Remar Orphanage and School.
Stay tuned for pictures from the trip!
Saturday morning was a wonderful time for Little Known Help Zone at WSE’s color-a-thon after party.
This event was bustling and busy, with tattoos and manicures that were quite a hit. Also, some more crayons and bracelets were sold! The success raised $55 more for the causes, and right now we are at 201/860 with the goal! Getting there.
Check our some pictures from the event below.
For Little Known Help Zone’s next fundraiser, there will be a stand at Western Salisbury’s PTA Color Run After Party.
At the stand, crayons, bracelets, and paperclip bookmarks will be sold. Information will be shared about Little Known Help Zone and its goals, and there will also be some fun activities! There will be nail painting and tattoos for sale.
Prices for the goods & services are as follows…
Nail Painting- $2.00
Hope to see everyone there!
Saturday’s yoga fundraiser was a success, drawing some new support in from the community and creating a day of peace and philanthropy. A total of $70 has been added to the goal, which leaves a remainder of about $600 to go!
The class was wonderful at West End, taught by Jamie, and catered to all ages from 6 to 70! The event really showed how we all can join together to support one common cause.
Next month will be another fundraiser at Western Salisbury, and hopefully will bring us closer to the goal!
Remember to visit etsy.com/shop/littleknownhelpzone to support the fundraising effort!
At about the midpoint of the planned fundraisers, it is time for an update on the success of the 3 causes. The goal was $200 to send a child to an English Language Program, $200 to buy a playground toy for an orphanage in Honduras, and $360 to send a child to school for a year in Guatemala.
Little Known Help Zone has made wonderful strides, but more need to be made to reach these goals. In the future there will be a yoga fundraiser and another fundraiser at Western Elementary, and this will bring us closer to our goal.
If you would like to contribute further to these causes, please contact Makenna Lenover at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every dollar counts and this would make a huge difference.
$683 more to go to reach the goal of $760 for the 3 causes in Central America.
Thank you for all your support in these endeavors.
Little Known Help Zone is happy to announce that due to the success at the Western Fundraiser, backpacks can now be sent to the new orphans at Hogar de Amor Children’ Home in La Ceiba.
If you remember, Little Known Help Zone sent backpacks to 22 orphans for Christmas last year, and since then there have been 5 new additions to the family: 2 sisters and twins and a brother.
Little Known Help Zone is sending all 5 of these children backpacks full of toys, candy, and learning/school supplies. The children are also receiving Little Known Help Zone crayons!
Little Known Help Zone would like to extend its greatest thanks to DIP Shipping, who has made international shipping free. Check out this wonderful company at Dipshipping.com
If you would like to read more about Hogar de Amor, visit helpinghonduraskids.org and be sure to sign up for their newsletter!
Soon to come, pictures of the children receiving their bags and a video sharing the current state of the Little Known Help Zone goals!