A team of students and administrators traveled to El Salvador in January to volunteer at a day camp in the rural village of Sol Naciente. The camp in Sol Naciente was founded by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, O.P., of Amityville, NY, a native of El Salvador. One of the four students on the trip was senior Adriannie Asencio, who is President of the Student Government Association. Adriannie volunteered with the group of children who were between two and six years old. “Saying goodbye to the kids was very hard, but it made me aware of how important keeping in touch is, “ she said. “It made me sad to see that the children were also crying before we left.”
Thanks to two College administrators, plans are also underway to build a new well that will bring clean drinking water to three communities in El Salvador. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo is the past president of the Pearl River Rotary. While the students were working in the day camp, she and Director of Residence Life Ryan O’Gorman met with community leaders to cement plans to build a new, deeper well.
Filoramo said it was during last year’s service mission that they discovered the communities needed more than the water filtration systems they handed out to residents. “The well is running dry. It services three communities and each gets water every third day, even though it’s dirty water. So what we discovered was they needed a new well,” she said. The Pearl River Rotary has raised $25,000 and plans to get a matching global grant from Rotary International to fund the project. The new well is expected to be completed in the next two years.