Group returns from delivering relief supplies to El Salvador

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 10            March 8, 2001

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Salvadoran residents of San Pedro display the Belize flag during distribution of relief supplies

San Pedro's show of heart through a successful fundraiser for the earthquake victims in El Salvador last month also made it possible for Salvadoran residents from San Pedro to travel there to help alleviate the victim's sorrow. The group brought with them much needed medicine, housing materials and other goods. The team was headed by Mr. Pepe Molina who, along with other residents, personally distributed the goods. They recently returned to San Pedro and are happy to give the following report.

    They first presented nine cases of medicine to Dr. Armando Enrique Gonzalez, Director of the Medical Unit of Tecoluca, in the department (district) of La Paz, aiding a population of approximately 16,600.

    In Acaquapa San Cayetano Istepeque, a department of San Vicente, they distributed clothing, food and table top stoves to a population of 2,500 inhabitants.

   In San Luis La Heradura Sacatecoluca in the district of el Buen Samaritano, they distributed building supplies to a total of US$8,517.50 benefiting 580 families and some 96 homes. Given out were 975 pieces of zinc, 1,216 pieces of lumber, 64 paint brushes and 256 pounds of roof nails.

    In Cojutepeque Village, some 36 kilometers from the capital, they distributed zinc, food and lumber.

    Mrs. Marina Lucero and Mr. Adrian Hernandez of El Salvador witnessed the distribution and expressed their appreciation for the generous donations from the people of San Pedro. They commented, "May God bless each and everyone who made this donation possible to help those in need."

    The El Salvadoran residents of San Pedro spearheading this project also reported the following financials: Expenses - barbecue expenses and transportation - $3,264.00; lumber, zinc and food expenses - $27,800.75; medicine purchased from JDB Ltd. - $6,398.00; to a total of $37,462.75. Total donations received were $41,462.75. This leaves a balance of $4,000 which has been deposited in the Belize Bank account. This balance will be used by the Salvadoran community to help in other emergencies.

    Through this medium, the committee would like to thank all the people who contributed to this donation for El Salvador. Hotels, gift shops, fruit stands, shops, Reef Radio, San Pedro Lions Club, contractors, residents of the island, the San Pedro Town Council, Area Representative, San Pedro Dance Company, Angel Nuñez, Melly Kumul, Rosario Guerrero, all who helped during the barbecue, the media, and the entire community. The community of Salvadorans resident of San Pedro thank everyone for this kind gesture and May God bless you all and our Isla Bonita.
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