The community of El Triunfo is located in the municipality of Tipitapa. Most of the 500 inhabitants of this low-income, rural community work as farmers, either on their own small farms or for large agribusinesses. In 2014, SOL worked with the El Triunfo community to expand the elementary school. Together we built one new classroom and remodeled one other. In early 2015, we also installed new windows in the school, thanks to the support of generous volunteers from Portland. The community members participated enthusiastically in the construction work, and expressed interest in continuing to with SOL to address other needs.
Members of a women’s lending and savings cooperative in El Triunfo reached out to SOL with a project proposal. They requested that we work together to build a community park with playground equipment, and a learning center kiosk. The kiosk is a small building that has books, puzzles, games, and other learning materials. Children and adults can check out items and use them within the park area.
The kiosk itself was built with adobe bricks, which was an opportunity to both reduce costs and train locals to make bricks from scratch. The results were so effective that a neighbor even ordered 100 bricks for private use!
Thanks to the volunteers from the 2014 Portland Open Group for their financial support of this project. We also wish to thank the 2015 Portland Open Group for helping to build the new kiosk.