I wanted to give you an update on what I have been doing lately. Since my last blog my youth group and I have been working on various projects. In addition to teaching them English and business classes we made shampoo and sold it through the community. This was a small project that helped the youth group learn simple finance and budget concepts. We also did an awareness campaign with a focus on gender equality. I used activities that I learned during training which were fun and informative. We did three presentations and many community members who participated in it seemed to enjoy. We hope in the coming months to do a similar awareness campaign focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness. During training we received resources and hands on training on how to teach HIV/AIDS to Salvadorans. I hope to teach my youth group these activities and have them teach other community members. There is also a local El Salvador governmental organization working in my community and they gave my youth group seeds. We have begun planting a small garden.
In addition to the work with my youth group, I have been working with the local community leaders. We hope to have a drinkable water system in the community with the help of the Salvadoran government. It is a long process, but we hope it is a success, because drinking water is a necessity and a priority to the people in my community. We also formed an eco-friendly stove committee to help lead a project with a group of engineers from Michigan. These are the same engineers who helped build a bridge in my community. They hope to come in May to provide technical assistance to build eco-friendly stoves for community members.
I plan to continue working at the school this next year while teaching English. I plan on helping the teachers learn how to teach English so it is more sustainable the following year when I am done with my service. Thanks for reading.