Beyond the Horizon Opening
Ambassador Jean Manes
Thursday, May 31, 2018, 9:00 A.M., Zacatecoluca
Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the “Beyond the Horizon” Inauguration
* This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish language text should be considered authoritative.
May 31, 2018
It is a great honor to be here this morning and to inaugurate this great initiative that we call “Beyond the horizon,” indicating the intention to boost our cooperation to the future.
There are few initiatives that demonstrate the true feeling that exists behind what we encompass in the term “foreign cooperation” as it does beyond the horizon. Basically what we are always looking for is the same: to offer our capabilities, experience and resources, to support countries like El Salvador, in their struggle towards a more prosperous nation, where all citizens can have a decent life.
Beyond the horizon, it takes this mission and turns it into actions that go beyond government to government. It is from people to people, from people to people.
In the next three months, five medical exercises will be carried out and four schools and one health unit will be built here in Zacatecoluca. These projects will be carried out by 1,800 members of the United States Army, the National Guard, and the United States Air Force together with the armed forces of El Salvador, non-governmental organizations in coordination with multiple Salvadoran ministries.
There are months of planning and preparation by all involved behind all these projects. Behind these projects there are hundreds of men and women who share a mission and a vision that transcends borders.
Because that’s what it means Beyond the Horizon. It is to realize that our borders are not obstacles to doing the right thing. It is to remember that regardless of whether we are Salvadorans or Americans, we are all people and absolutely everyone has the right to a decent life.
Health and access to quality education are the most fundamental needs, and it is an honor to accompany them in this noble mission that the United States Army leads with this initiative.
The new school facilities will affect almost 2,000 students in the area, and the medical exercises will benefit 5,000 patients. But the impact that all these projects have is exponential. Because behind every Salvadoran there is a family, and behind every family there is a community. And behind each community there is a country.
Beyond the Horizon represents what we can do when we unite and work together for a goal, when we put the needs of others before ours.
A nation is built by helping one person at a time and that is something that we are all capable of doing.