Welcome to :
EL ZONTE HEARTS UNITED
We are a grass-roots organization that provides aid to the local community of El Zonte, El Salvador.
ZONTE YOGA FESTIVAL
We are thrilled to have partnered with the 2nd Annual ZONTE YOGA FESTIVAL, which was virtual this year. The whole Zonte Yoga community from both near and far participated together. If you are interested in purchasing access to the full festival links, make a donation and we will send you all zoom links via email. Make sure to include the words "Zonte Yoga Festival" in the comments during the donation process, and we will be in touch shortly.
El Zonte is a beautiful beach town on the coast of El Salvador. It's lovely people continue to be highly challenged by the economic shutdown, the massive tropical storm last June, and the looming threat of illness. We have had so many good times here over the years, enjoying the surf and the beaches. The kindness of the locals has been heart-warming in an ongoing way, and we'd like to give back during this unique period of need.
During the quarantine, local organizations created food donation programs, which I had the fortune of being a part of. I was able to see, first hand, the direct benefit of even the smallest donations. We were able to purchase the basic necessities in bulk, stretching the dollars in a very efficient way.
Food donations were very effective at helping bridge the gap for families in need. Once people were back to work in early September, we transitioned our aid to provide building supplies. Many people still had roof damage from June's typhoon & could not afford to do any repairs.
Every month, we choose 5 local homes that need a specific home repair. We visit each family, evaluate the materials required and create a photo description to share with our donors. We are providing items such as : roof laminate pieces, cement, cement blocks, plastic tubing, and rebar. If it is clear that the family cannot do the repair themselves, we arrange for a building crew to take care of the entire process.
As we grow and evolve, we are now creating projects that help multiple families in a cohesive fashion. For example, in Project #7 we are building a cistern and piping network that will provide water to more than 14 families.
We have teamed up with Jorge Venezuela (Bitcoin Beach) who are sponsoring the labour portion of several projects. This partnership has been a huge success as it enables us to employ 4-6 locals per month. This allows our main focus to be raising funds for MATERIALS. We do the purchasing ourselves and organize the deliveries through Pacifico Hardware. Even a small donation can make a mountain of difference for a family to repair their home.
Thank you for believing in us!!