This privately operated clinic sits in Santa Clara, the community cooperative next to the Fuller Center’s 60-home housing project, just around the corner from Villa Linda and Millard Fuller. The clinic is staffed by a nurse every day but a doctor is present only three days each week. For the past year several volunteer teams have brought medical supplies and other donations to the clinic to keep it operating and to make sure the clinic can provide a decent level of service to the local residents.
While the clinic is structurally sound it has otherwise been in physical disrepair for as long as we’ve been in the area. After passing by for more than a year we finally hooked up with some people who were willing to help. Homes from the Heart’s local staff made repairs to the building’s exterior all week in preparations of Saturday’s work day. We replaced most of the soffit panels under the roof overhang and made preparations to the building for painting.
Pamela Morrill, a friend from the Union Church of San Salvador, orchestrated the work day with help from the U.S. Women’s Association. Volunteers also came from La Casa de mi Padre, the Salvadoran national race walking team, as well as some visiting Canadian volunteers. The group of about 25 workers labored in the hot sun all morning to finish the front and side of the building (seen in the photo below) before lunch. The afternoon was thankfully spent in the shade of the building and trees while the team finished the remainder of the building.