In 2000 a terrible
earthquake struck the
area and destroyed
homes and claimed lives
7,400 people, or one
quarter of the
population of our parish,
experienced significant
loss  from the
earthquakes of 2000,
and have looked to the
parish for assistance.
Nearly every home in the
community of Matazano was
destroyed in the January 13
earthquake.  The parish of
Teotepeque has built an an entire
housing development to serve the
needs of these earthquake victims.

Each house, costing $2,000 has
louvered windows, bars for security
over the windows, metal doors with
locks, cement floors and zinc roofs
(cooler than galvanized steel) a
latrine and reinforced walls built to
withstand the next earthquake.

They may not seem like much by
U.S. standards, but these houses
are far better than the homes they
occupied before the earthquake.

Occupants have helped by donating
work hours to the project, and each
family will pay 10% of the cost of
the house over the next two years.
John Finkler surveys the warehouse in Cleveland where he received,
organized, boxed and loaded some 78,000 pounds of donations for
transport by sea to the quake victims in El Salvador.  
The Dioceses of Cleveland Area responded