This week, Caroline Hardy, Project Manager for the AZULA Fund, and Tania Vachon, Project Manager in Central America for ONE DROP, are in El Salvador for a series of follow-up meetings with partners in the field.
Monday and Tuesday, they visited the families that are participating in the water and sanitation activities, and that will over the next few days be setting up their gardens to take full advantage of the rainy season, currently in full swing. Some of these families have already expressed their desire to also take advantage of the microfinance program to produce more or to start raising pigs for sale to make extra income.
They also attended a coordination meeting for all the project partners for a progress update, and to make sure that all the partners know how far along everyone else is in the advancement of their activities. These meetings also build more synergy between organizations participating in the project.
They then attended a water-themed artistic workshop in the community of Alto de Aguacate with a group of some 30 teens. Despite the heat and the sun, the youths participated enthusiastically in the three-hour workshop, which took place in a field not far from the school.
The administration and follow-up committee of the AZULA Fund, which is managed by ONE DROP, held its first meeting in the offices of Adel MORAZAN—the partner in charge of managing the funds. The committee’s operating protocol was approved at this meeting. Afterwards, all the participants headed to El Rodeo, the community hosting the “Cuentos de Camino Real” show. The seventh performance of the show went off without a hitch, except for the rain, which threatened the proceedings. Luckily, the show finished as scheduled, to the great pleasure of the 150 people or so in attendance.