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El Salvador is a country that is often hard-hit by natural disasters — on average, a significant event hits every three years — such as hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides, flooding and volcanoes. These events can be devastating to the country’s poor, who live in shacks and plastic shelters, often in high-risk areas, and who have no one to turn to in times of crisis. The FCE has committed to reserving 3% of all of its fundraising for aid efforts in El Espino in the event of a catastrophe.
After Hurricane Ida in 2009, the FCE raised funding for emergency relief efforts in El Espino, which provided sturdy shelters for three of the hardest-hit families in the community. All three families were still living in temporary plastic tarps provided by aid agencies after the 2001 earthquakes.They described to us how everything they owned would get soaked when it rained, which is daily during the rainy season. The hurricane took what was left of their tarps and tore them to shreds. On May 28, 2010 construction was finished and the homes were inaugurated. Now, the families feel safe and prepared for this hurricane season.
Thanks to the Sister Parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary, for its outpouring of support in the amount of almost $2300 and to all of our individual donors.