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.
Around 5pm local time on 12 January 2010, the already impoverished island of Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Please read this article from CNN to learn more. Stay up to date with efforts with USAID.
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When we first visited the community of Santa Cruz, just downstream of a collapsed bridge along the coastal highway of El Salvador, the community was nearly buried in sand. The streets were covered in several feet of sand and other debris, the houses that weren’t destroyed by the raging river waters were partially buried or filled with sand and mud, debris and trash covered the area and many of the houses, and broken building materials were dangerously strewn throughout the area. While other organizations and government officials had been through the area to see the damage and assess the situation, nothing had yet been done to actually improve the situation.
MACON, Ga – Central High School student Burgess Brown, while working toward his Eagle Scout rank, plans to use his Eagle project to provide a new home for the families of Villa Fuller in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador. On Saturday, November 14, Brown will lead hundreds of high school students and families from the Macon community in a Walk for Walls to raise $5,000 for a home in Villa Fuller.
Between Friday evening and early Sunday morning on November 6 – 8, 2009, the nation of El Salvador was drenched with a heavy, steady rain from a tropical storm that indiscriminantly wrought destruction in many parts of the country. Heavily saturated soils combined with steep, already unstable slopes caused innumerable mudslides to occur. Rivers throughout the region were bombarded with the sudden influx of water, causing raging destruction along their banks and destroying bridges and communities in their paths. Thousands of houses and people quickly became burried in heavy mud that blanketed their roads and communities. The death toll continues to rise above 150 and well over 13,000 are without shelter.
About 95 Crowley employees, Casa employees, and Casa kids joined together for one day to make a BIG difference. The large group came in waves of people throughout the day, each with a new burst of energy to get the job done. The group helped to pour the walls for a family’s house and worked on the foundation for another house. The Crowley management team did a wonderful job organizing the large volume of volunteers for this successful day. This event is the beginning of great relationships between Crowley, Casa de mi Padre, and the Fuller Center in El Salvador.
Senator John Edwards took time to make a return visit to El Salvador during the week of October 15, 2009. Edwards had a chance to meet with the Evangelical Alliance and elected officials of El Salvador. He also visited the Salvadoran Institute for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons in San Salvador. The most important part of the visit to the institute was learning how much of what they do can be prevented by proper care at the community level. The senator then had the opportunity to make another visit to the ongoing housing projects of Homes from the Heart – Fuller Center for Housing. Senator Edwards, and friend Michael Cucchiara (a green housing and infrastructure developer), plans to continue working with us in El Salvador and advocating with us for the needs of the poor.