More than 200 volunteers from the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Glasswing International and the Municipality of Santa Tecla joined efforts to celebrate Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day on March, April 22nd.
The American and Salvadoran volunteers worked together to revitalize “Park Extreme” located in Santa Tecla, which benefits hundreds of families in the municipality.
U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes, Mayor of Santa Tecla, Roberto d’Aubuisson, and the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development in El Salvador, (USAID), Larry Sacks participated in this event. To commemorate Earth Day they planted pine trees as part of the park revitalization. This volunteer activity also included carpentry, gardening and artistic murals throughout the park.
U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes said: “Every day, we have in our minds how can we collaborate with the government, the private sector, the mayors, and nonprofit organizations to improve the country and create better opportunities here for your future. As part of the Embassy I say: I dare to keep fighting for the youth of El Salvador, because they deserve it,” she added.
Another important part of the event was the presentation of awards to help recognize young people working for their community. Ambassador Manes announced the winners of the First Regional Youth Community Service Project proposal contest “I Dare To.” The winners will receive funding for projects to improve their communities. The winning projects were: “Cultural Center Cristo Redentor” with an $8,000 prize, “Changing realities we change histories” in San Sebastián district of San Salvador, with a $6,000 prize and “Artefactori: Professionally Fun” with a $4,000 prize.
At the conclusion of the event Dennis Soriano sang the song “I believe”, a featured song in the U.S.-El Salvador Friendship Day (June 15) celebration. The Embassy is inviting Salvadorans to upload videos singing the chorus to this song at www.amistadenacionsv.com.