Tia Ana’s Place – Sonsonate, El Salvador

TIA ANA’S STORY

tia anaTia Ana grew up in San Salvador, the victim of sexual abuse.  With few options available to her, she was kicked out of her home and turned to work within the sex industry. Until that is, she discovered the love of Christ and was miraculously transformed. From that time, she turned her back on her old lifestyle and all it involved. Still, her heart was burdened for the children of prostitutes in her city.

Nearly 20 years ago Tia Ana undertook to start a home. As she still had many friends working as prostitutes, she wanted to provide a place for their children to experience love, safety, and stability. Today, Tia Ana cares for nearly twenty-five children, from birth through high school. And while she provides for them in every way she can, the house she currently rents is small and in need of serious repair.

Having no real economic model to implement, the children are often in need of clothing, school supplies, and even food. As such, this home is reliant on a few faithful donors to make ends meet. We would like to change that, creating a model of sustainability to allow Tia Ana’s Place to thrive for years to come.

PROJECT SCOPE & STRATEGIES:

  • An economically viable center where Tia Ana can pursue her calling to rescue and provide for children of prostitutes in San Salvador.
  • Development of agriculture and animal production programs at the center that will sustain the needs of the staff, workers, and children.
  • Establishment of a home in San Salvador that equips and transitions the older children to university/trade school and life.
  • The building a community center near the transition home a community center empower high-risk children and youth to succeed in life by providing them with tools for emotional, spiritual and academic growth.

 

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The implementation of these strategies have been broken down into 4 Phases

Phase I – Build the Home for Tia Ana

The initial phase of the Tia Ana’s Place is designed to move Tia Ana’s home from the heart of San Salvador, with its inherent dangers and violence—especially gang related—to a more rural location outside the city.

In addition to the actual building, we do have a few more needs.

  • 8k for furniture
  • 5k for commercial kitchen and outdoor grills
  • 12k Educational tablets
  • 3k paint and decorate
  • 6k gazebo
  • 7k Tell the story documentary
  • 20k sustainable farming (aquaponics or other)

Phase II – Develop Sustainable Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Programs

The second phase is designed to create economic viability through the development of agriculture and animal production programs at the center that will sustain the needs of the staff, workers, and children.    

Statement of Activities:

  1. Plant moringa trees, fuel trees, and fruit trees in areas large enough to provide fodder, fertilizer, fuels (wood and fruit), and food. (1.5 K)
  2. Build mobile Chicken Coops to produce eggs and meat. ( 1K)
  3. Install the water system for livestock and aquaponic greenhouse buildings.  (4K)
  4. Do a market and feasibility study on what crops are in demand and during the seasons thatgarden they bring a premium price.(1K)
  5. Build the “Aquaponic System” one module at a time. They will be built to add modules as production and finances allow. (10K per module)
  6. Find a transport system to take product to market.(8K)

A “business plan” with design, implementation timeline and training of local staff will be conducted in collaboration with Grain of Hope and their team of agronomists.  Preliminary estimates are predicting the potential of 25 K per year yield if these programs are implemented in full.

Phase III Transition home in San Salvador

One of the concerns with moving Tia Ana out of town was that we would lose contact with the people that Tia Ana was serving as well the academic opportunity for the older children that can only be found in an urban center.  This will be mitigated with a transition home in San Salvador or Santa Tecla that will be used for older children to allow for them to transition to productive lives.  

Wally Cook, a veteran missionary of Amazing Love Missions a veteran missionary will be heading up this program.  Wally has been working with Tia Ana for years and is very familiar with the needs of the older children.

65 K is a conservative estimate that Amazing Love Missions has communicated in order to purchase a facility in San Salvador that will serve the needs of the program.

Phase IV ALIENTO Community Center

The ALIENTO project is a 1.5 million dollar vision for a community center in San Salvador, EI Salvador. The community center is needed because San Salvador has real issues with gangs. Since the civil war in 1983, parents had fled the country to the United States, but have recently been deported back to San Salvador. The lack of parents in children’s lives caused them to seek family in other ways: gangs. The main space is a multi-purpose room that will serve as a church, conference hall, and rec hall for the kids. However, housing for volunteers on site to accompany the classrooms and offices is also part of the design.

In partnership with the local church and other organizations, ALIENTO will:

  1. Teach ESL classes to those in the community. This would happen in a classroom setting as well as through an English language radio station
  2. Provide business and leadership training courses to the residents of Santa Tecla that would enable both men and women the opportunity to further their careers. There could also be the opportunity for micro-enterprise loans that would be prioritized for women to give them a jump-start in the community.
  3. Biblical educational training classes are given by the church on the topics of families, parenting and finances.
  4. Provide education options such as computer training skills, music lessons, etc. to provide some technical skills for the residents of Santa Tecla.
  5. Recreational options for the children/youth/families of Santa Tecla. Through community sports, after school programs, and sports leagues.
  6. Provide medical clinics by local & visiting doctors, dentists, and physical therapists to provide for those needs in the community.
  7. House the local church for services.
  8. House students/volunteers from the US in the exchange program.
  9. Provide a kitchen for community meal programs.  

A full project design and proposal has been created in collaboration with Journeyman International and can be provided.

Conclusion:

This plan will never happen unless we have an influx of financial stakeholders. Five years and thousands of dollars have been invested in the development of this plan.  However, it is only at the beginning.  Would you consider an investment in a sustainable solution that will give children who have been marginalized by a situation that they have had no control over a chance at life?  If so, we would love to bring you into the conversation.  You can start by reach out to the e-mail below.   

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