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Visiting schools and local centers is an important part of providing ongoing support. Education is extremely important and essential to the success and growth of a community. Care packages for school are donated including school supplies and soccer balls to encourage physical activity.
STIMMA is grateful for the support local communities provide while abroad. We rely on local individuals to help with translations, transportation, registration, relaying information about the clinic to neighbouring communities and helping to manage the general flow of the Clinic.
Some communities are in a growth phase and require assistance to get projects off the ground. Ideas are brainstormed and funds are provided to get the project started.
Follow up is essential to ensure funds are being properly utilized and to ensure things are moving forward. Ongoing communication after returning home is just as important as the care provided in the clinics.
Recently, STIMMA joined forces with ASALCA (Salvadorian Canadian Association) to sponsor a group of children to complete their schooling. The team was able to give $4000USD to allow these children the ability to attend school. The cost of sending one child to elementary school is $60-70, secondary school is around $250, and post secondary is $300. This included the cost of their housing, uniform, books and supplies. The goal of supporting these children in rural El Salvador is to help rebuild communities that were devastated by civil unrest in the 1990’s and the tragic earthquake of 2001.
For a complete look at the selection criteria and for more information on the Education program please visit www.asalca.ca