December 9, 2011
USA New Horizons was established as a vehicle to receive donations from the community in support of ongoing programs in El Salvador. The El Salvador program was originally established by St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Sonoma in the wake of earthquakes and floods in that country which had devastated a small village of Buenos Aires near Sonsonate. The church's program was further supplemented in subsequent years by the creation of USANH, enabling contributions by non-church members to assist the program. The church's efforts have helped build a new school building, a community center, stabilize a hillside area used for recreation and provide computers and sewing machines to the village. Additional assistance has included contributions of drugs and medicines to hospitals and clinics in El Salvador. It should be noted that the Church program is one which serves by example rather than outright efforts to prosyltize. I have personally had the privilege of participating in one of the church's outreach efforts....spending 10 days there to chronicle the building of the school and it was one of the highlights of my life. The villagers of Buenos Aires have done much on their own in terms of sustainable agriculture and the installation of a safe water supply. The funding, donations and support provided by St. Andrew and the contributions to USA New Horizons have given the village resources to help them help themselves. This is a great non-profit organization and one making a real difference in a small part of a very poor country. A more detailed look at the work being done in Buenos Aires can be found at http://www.andrewpres.org/mission/international-outreach/el-salvador/
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