The Getsemaní community celebrated the inauguration of their new community center on October 27th! Over 100 people attended the ceremony, including Ahuachapán mayor Rafael Morán Orellana, volunteers from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, representatives from Getsemaní and other surrounding communities, Habitat El Salvador staff, and delegates from various local and national institutions. Pastor Andrés Rodríguez of Getsemaní led the blessing of the new building.
Perhaps the most beautiful area of the community center is the back wall, where Getsemaní youth and children painted a mural. It depicts an ideal community—the type of community that the painters hope Getsemaní will become. It shows the inhabitants joined together in solidarity and a bird taking food to its chicks in representation of family responsibility.
Getsemaní board president Martha de Sánchez reminded the audience that the community center will serve the community in a variety of ways. Aside from being the principal space for board and community meetings, it will host vocational workshops (such as sewing and beading) and a small library. It can also be used as a shelter during disasters. This versatile space will help meet many of Getsemaní’s needs and is a key part of the developing community.
Once again, Habitat El Salvador would like to thank Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the Ahuachapán Municipal Government, the generous partners who helped to make this project possible. Muchas gracias!
—Habitat El Salvador Team