July 28 – Aug 4, 2014
The first Youth Delegation in the eitghteen-year history of the FOCES ministry consisted of six youths plus their parents. The focus of this delegation was working in the Departments of La Paz and Sonsanante on gang prevention projects.
After considering several projects suggested by FOCES San Salvador, the youth delegates chose two projects: the renovation of a soccer field that adjoins the San Francisco Castaneda High School in the town of La Herradura; and building a security fence around a church property in the small village of El Porfiado. Through activities such as burrito sales, used book sales, raffles, and a GoFundMe page, the delegates raised all $10,000 needed for the projects.
After visiting religious and historical sites in San Salvador including the University of Central America, the delegation traveled to La Herradura, where they met and played soccer with local students on the field that was subsequently renovated. They also visited the church property where the securing fencing was later built. Finally, the delegation visited two childcare centers located in impoverished areas near the coast, where they distributed toys and other supplies that had been donated for them in Albuquerque.
The Youth Delegation’s fund raising also provided enough money to bring the Scholarship Students from their local communities to San Salvador, where they spent more time with the delegation, had dinner together, and attended the Misa Popular (People’s Mass) on Sunday before returning to their villages.