Zaragoza: El Salvador

Zaragoza: El Salvador (Click here to see the map)

About 45 minutes west of San Salvador, lays the poor village of Zaragoza. This hilly region is home to many coffee growers. The housing for the poor is typical as for most regions of El Salvador, consisting of tin-shacks and dirt floors. In consult with the local village council, it was determined that what was most needed by this village was a daycare facility. Collaborating again with Project FIAT, the green light was given to begin construction of this facility.

 

  • Click here to view a video Mike took January 2010 at the construction site of the new daycare center.

Presently, many people are mostly forced to stay with their children while they seek work. Mike & Angelique have personally witnessed children tethered to their shacks for an entire day while their parents left to find work in the city. This daycare center is being generously funded by Canadian businesswoman Angie Nonis in loving memory of her daughter “Mia Petrovic” who passed away tragically in August 2005. This daycare facility will be known as “Angel Mia Daycare“.

 

The property for this daycare was granted by the village. The problem was that the land was actually the side of a hill, which meant a massive undertaking for the excavation. In a region where many people earn only a few dollars/day, the notion of hiring an excavator at a cost of $300/hour was quickly ruled-out (notwithstanding our inability to pay). This meant the hillside would have to be dug by hand. In the late fall 2009 locals and volunteers alike began this massive excavation.

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