August 22, 2022
The United States Government, through the Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), delivered 23 fumigators to the town halls of Soyapango, Ciudad Delgado, San Antonio Pajonal and the Department of Cabañas. The donation is valued at $25,000 and will be used for the prevention of mosquito-related diseases in the most vulnerable communities in these areas.
The delivery ceremony took place in the presence of the business manager, Katherine Dueholm; Acting Defense Attaché Lt. Col. Paul Smith; the mayor of Soyapango, Nercy Montano; the deputy of Nuevas Ideas for Cabañas and president of the health committee, Amilcar Ayala; the municipal councilor of Ciudad Delgado, Pedro Medrano; the Municipal Councilor of San Antonio Pajonal, Lourdes de Rodríguez and a representative of the Armed Forces of El Salvador.
“Since 2020, the U.S. government, through Southern Command, has provided more than $4.5 million to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This donation is an example of the United States’ spirit of cooperation in this country, putting Salvadorans and the well-being of their communities at the center. We will continue to honor our commitment to promote a more prosperous El Salvador and our mission to further strengthen the relationship between our two countries,” the Chargé d’Affaires said during the presentation.
In addition, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, HAP donated water purifiers, protective equipment, school kits for students, mechanical fans, a training tower for firefighters Salvadorans and a comprehensive school in Apopa (the latter two projects developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers). He also organized several Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) events with the Salvadoran military and municipalities in rural areas.