Your donations at work
$25 pays for the internet connection at our student house for one month.
$50 a month will pay travel expense for one of our university students so that he or she can provide academic tutoring in math and science on Saturdays at one of 5 rural high schools in Suchitoto.
$100 pays the cost of one work shop to teach people in rural El Salvador how to build their own rocket stove, each stove has a cost of just under $15, we ask that workshop participants provide their own container and we provide three simple floor tiles, pumice, sheet metal, the cost of transportation to get to the community as well as the skill and tools necessary to build the stoves. In a normal workshop we have been able to build 10-15 simple rocket stoves.
$200 helps senior citizens, whose children may have died in the war, learn a craft that brings them extra income and benefit from socializing. We ask the youths from our projects to become directly involved in these activities with the senior citizens from their communities and in this way build bonds between the generations. For the past several years we have combined these activities with an Adult Glasses Education program (Project AGE) where donated reading glasses are fitted to senior’s in each of the communities where we work. This program is also implemented by the active youth groups in each community.
$200 helps support Alternative to Violence workshops in Suchitoto, El Salvador, this work is carried out by Friends Peace Teams.
$600 helps up provide one half scholarship for deserving high school graduates to continue thier studies..
$1200 allows you to sponsor a high school graduate to a year of higher education. Of your donation each student receives $1000/year in ten monthly payments, the remaining money is used to pay the rent for a coed student house in Salvador. The expense of student house in San Salvador is now shared by five groups that work in education within the municipality of Suchitoto. Palo Alto and your donations account for the largest part of this expense and most of the furnishings and the cost of an internet connection arepaid by us. This year we have 22 students in this larger house that is only five blocks from the National University of El Salvador, saving our students as well as those from 4 other scholarship programs both time and money.
Our financial aid is given as no interest student loans, the contract with the student states that in exchange for financial aid, he or she will 1) pay costs of higher education for a younger brother or sister, 2) participate in community or social work or 3) repay the no interest loan, providing funds for other students in rural El Salvador to attend the university in the future.
In 2015 we are providing financial aid to 12 university students, the need is much greater but because of budget restrictions since 2009 we havebeen forced to reduce our total number of university students to its lowest in years, from 2009-2012 we were able to maintained our total number of university students from 19-22. Your support is needed and appreciated.
These are examples of how your donations directly affect the lives of not only the students, but the communities in El Salvador that will benefit from their increased skills and broader understanding of their youth.
Palo Alto Friends Meeting
El Salvador Projects
957 Colorado Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Your check should be made out to Palo Alto Friends Meeting and the memo field should say El Salvador Projects/University, or El Salvador Projects/As Needed.
Thank you for considering a donation.
The El Salvador Projects Committee