Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
It’s been awhile since I posted an update about my son Adam working as a Peace Corp volunteer in El Salvador. If you are a follower of KeO BloG you might remember we did a big “Art Auction” fundraiser to help raise money to build a computer lab at the little school he teaches at and repair their archaic bathrooms. The following is an update directly from Adam about the status of the project in addition to a photo he sent.
Hey everyone, I know its been a really long time since I´ve written to any of you about what I´m up to down here in El Salvador, so I wanted to take some time and catch you all up.
Starting with the computer project that was started close to a year ago and has taken much longer than I had thought it would. We have had a lot of set backs in our time line due to the mountain of paper work we had to deal with at customs, which took about three months to get the computers out of the port (we bought a total of 200 computers divided among 16 volunteer communities). There was also lots of bureaucratic stuff we had to deal with in the mayors office before getting the green light on building, then once we got a contract with the mayor the engineer that was hired flaked on the job and we had to find a new engineer. But after all the red tape we have come out to the other side and have started building the classroom, we were also given a big boost in the budget by the mayor when all was said and done. So the classroom is scheduled to be done by the beginning of October and our 14 computers are waiting in the Directors office to be installed.
Adam also got a small grant to purchase uniforms and soccer equipment for two local youth soccer teams which I would imagine made him a hero with the kids on the teams. Adam is standing far left with one of the teams he is sponsoring. I would love to get back down there in the next 2 months to help with the computer project, but I’m not sure if I can swing it. I’m looking forward to him coming home for a few weeks at Christmas. So again a big thanks to all the artists and people that contributed in any way to this project. The new computer lab is going to become a reality for his little El Salvadorian school and those children are going to benefit from the hard work and generosity from all who helped. You go Adam!