Your Tool Donations In El Salvador
Carlos, 19, is a student studying to become an electrician at Don Bosco Citadel's Vocational Training Center in El Salvador. He couldn't envision what his future might hold -living in one of the most violent countries in Central America -where half of the youth are under or unemployed. Because of the partnership between Salesian Missions and ASAP's Tools For Empowerment project, Carlos, and other youth like him, will not only learn to use the tools of his new trade, he will own them when he graduates.
This training center welcomes children who have been abandoned or are living on the streets, provides them with basic education, teaches them a trade that they can use to earn a living; shaping the life-skills and values they need to become honest, contributing members of society. However, the socio-political and economic context which they’re inherently part of leaves them to face a harsh reality. Too often, their only option is to resort to immoral or illegal practices in order to put food in the bellies of their loved ones.
According to Fr. Mark Hyde, Salesian Missions director, "This partnership has truly made a measurable impact on the lives of our students. In many cases, the tools ASAP donates would be difficult for our sites to afford or procure -- which can impact hands-on learning experiences. Now, students at Don Bosco Citadel have access to, and can learn how to use, cutting-edge tools that will fully prepare them for future work -- and empower them to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families."
Carlos agrees. "These tools, and electrical training, are helping me to move forward in life. When I become a certified electrician, I will be able to find a job and help my two younger sisters go to school -- so they can build a better life, too!"
In May 2017 the 20'container filled with Tools For Empowerment arrived in El Salvador. These tools donations were refurbished by volunteers near Atlanta, GA and are now helping youth learn hands-on skills so they can survive and thrive.
Special thanks to (left to right) John Capobianco, Maria Berger, Edna Potash, John McCann,
Jim Moore, Jeff Sevigny, Chris Foulk, Matthew Moore, Joseph Lopez & Brendon Lane
and ALL the volunteers, in-kind contributors and donors that make our work possible.