ElSalvador Orphanage/School Support

Since 2008, after seeing the needs of coffee growing families from coffee/cocoa origin trips, I adopted an orphanage in Sonsonate, El Salavador (Hogar Immaculado Corazon de Maria),
and since 2008 have done annual fund raisers with the support of fellow MARS Drinks associates for this orphanage (bike races, triathalons, and talent shows).

 Every year I personally bring the proceeds to Hogar Immaculado Corazon de Maria to help support the education and supply needs of their 55+ orphans and 200+ students. In fact, in 2014 we built a digital Skype classroom with support from Microsoft.
MARS Incorporated recognized this effort as a global recipient of the bi-annual MAKE THE DIFFERENCE program in the PEOPLE in the Community category .  In 2015, 9 ambassadors from the MARS Ambassador Program (MAP)  helped fund raise to build a kitchen and laundry at the orphanage.
See the history of this annual activity at:

In 2016, another team of MARS associates from the MARS Ambassador Program-MAP (see link:
 http://www.mars.com/global/about-mars/mars-ambassador-program.aspx)- went to El Salavador again and as part of this trip fund raising efforts were established to help get a new Van for the 250+ kids at Hogar Immaculado Corazon de Maria. To help support this effort, 2015 MAP participants and 2016 MAP participants set up fund raisers around the world and with the amazing support of our friends at the COEX foundation in El Salavador we were able to deliver the orphangage the much needed van.  

The 2016 MARS Ambassadors asked some of the children what the orphanage needed most, and to our suprise they said- "we need consistent clean water."  So in 2017 a new group of 7 MARS Ambassadors , my daughter Gianna LaRusso along with the support of the 2015 and 2016 ambassadors,  our friends and family who have supported us in the past, and our friends at the COEX Foundation set another ambitious goal to turn on a sustainable water solution for the orphanage .   The funds raised in 2017  helped drill an approprite well , find the right much needed pumping system, and even provide a solution of solar power for not only the water pump but for the entire orphanage and school.

The 2018 campaign is to help drill an additional 40 feet (beyond the 60 feet already completed) to help hit a sustainable/quality water solution.  Any extra funds rasied will also help Mother Ursula have funds needed to help pay the teachers at the orphanage who work with minimal pay.

 Note: 100% of your donation will go directly to Hogar Immaculado Corazon de Maria.
  • Dina Klaener 
    • $225 
    • 33 mos
  • COEX Foundation 
    • $1,500 (Offline)
    • 37 mos
  • Customink Fundraising 
    • $458 
    • 37 mos
  • Brent Farnum 
    • $40 
    • 38 mos
  • MARS Drinks June 1 MVP Day in WCR 
    • $1,266 (Offline)
    • 39 mos
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Frank LaRusso 
Doylestown, PA
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