In an effort to develop awareness in our children and our everyday lives, Empowering the Americas was inspired by Anya Maynard, Barbara Maynard, and Ana Grande in 2014 to provide cross cultural opportunities that change lives. Not based on charity but based on long term, sustainable, change, Empowering the Americas seeks to develop partnerships with local entities that are in the “know” of what is truly needed in the country and/or region.
In our inaugural year, a delegation of American children and adults traveled to El Salvador to be of service to people in need. In partnership with Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), Empowering the America opened a small, 4-laptop computer lab, equipped with wi-fi, color printers, ink cartridges, and reams of paper. The computer lab is now benefitting the women’s co-op and their children in Isla La Tasajera, La Paz. In addition, we built a shelter and vegetable garden in a child care center in La Libertad in partnership with SALEF and Cooperative and Communal Development of El Salvador (CORDES).
This year, the delegation will depart on July 5, and plans a series of important service projects, including the remodeling of a classroom of a Child Development Center and work at a San Salvador orphanage in association with the First Lady of El Salvador, Margarita Villalta de Sánchez.
Participating children and adults have raised funds in advance of the trip to pay for project expenses and something that our kids take for granted – but is an unimaginable luxury in rural El Salvador.