“The Least of These”

We are so grateful for the overwhelming response we received to support Love and Hope’s disaster relief efforts and we want to let you know how your donation was used! 

During the storms we were able to provide some immediate relief through meals and food baskets. The support reached over 150 families to start, and is still helping to support about 70 families. 

Our second phase of assistance was to help with rebuilding in the homes that suffered the worst damage due to the tropical storms. We provided block, cement, gravel, sand, wood, rebar and roofing materials. The community worked together to help one another in the rebuilding process. 

Lastly we provided some of the larger household items that were lost in the storm. We asked each family what their greatest need was. Some requested a bed or a bunkbed. Others asked for stove tops. 

The people of the communities that we were able to assist were so grateful for the support. As a thank you gift they gave us handmade masks for everyone at Love and Hope. 

In addition we have been able to continue to support all of our kids’ families throughout the quarantine with twice the amount of food we normally provide and we were able to give a special bonus to our workers who continue to work so hard during this difficult time. 

Thank you so much for being the hands and feet of Jesus to so many people in El Salvador! During this season we have been reminded of Matthew 25:35-40: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Fiestas Agostinas

Every August El Salvador celebrates the week long “Fiestas Agostinas.” Normally the week is filled with trips to the beach, volcano climbs, city fairs and lots of traditional Salvadoran food. However, because the country is still under quarantine, we had to get creative and find ways to celebrate within the walls of Love and Hope.

The kids were of course thrilled just to have a week off of school. Remember, the Salvadoran school year runs from January through November, so they are going on their fifth month of remote education. They of course are missing school, friends and all their extra curricular activities, but a week of sleeping in late and extra free time was welcomed by all. Here’s a little peak at how Love and Hope enjoyed the August Festivals…

Painting contest!

A picnic that had to be moved indoors due to heavy rains!

A cookout with carne asada, shrimp, chorizo, veggies, chimol and grilled tortillas!

Elote Loco! Corn on the cob drizzled with mayo, ketchup, mustard and salsa negra and then covered in shredded cheese.

Minute to win it game day!

Riguas! Ground corn stuff with cheese or beans and grilled in banana leafs.

As much fun as everyone had, we hope that next year’s Fiestas Agostinas we can celebrate on the sandy, pacific beach once again!