Last Friday, March 23, Ambassador Manes led a U.S. Embassy delegation to visit U.S. government-supported projects in El Zonte, La Libertad.
The delegation began with a tour of Puro Surf Academy and Hotel, a project that is being developed with private sector investment and will help to advance tourism in the area. The hotel is characterized as being eco-friendly and showcasing Salvadoran talent in its artwork and decor. Puro Surf has a vision to bring development to the community through local employment. Marcelo Castellanos, director of the surf school, stated, “Invest in the community to positively impact the area.” Added to this investment effort, El Zonte Alliance signed with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, through FOMILENIO II, and the municipality of Chiltiupán, an agreement for $10.8 million to improve the quality of life of more than 2,000 residents, avoid pollution of the river El Zonte, maintain the attractiveness of the beach area and encourage greater influx of tourists.
After a surfing lesson, Ambassador Manes inspected the land on which a new delegation of the National Civil Police will be built in El Zonte with the support of the U.S. Embassy through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). With this project, we hope to increase security in the area and implement increased violence prevention programs.
To end the day, the delegation visited the El Zonte School Center, where the U.S. Embassy, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Glasswing El Salvador, is developing a program of after-school programs in which they will teach children classes such as science, computers, robotics, entrepreneurship and art.