Children at a summer camp in El Salvador welcomed a group from Dominican College on a service mission during the first week of January.
The team of two administrators and five students traveled to the rural village of Sol Naciente to help relieve poverty and promote education. The summer camp in Sol Naciente was founded by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, O.P., of Amityville, NY, a native of El Savador. With the help of others, Sr. Flor has also built a chapel in the village, established an after-school program, and provided care packages for those in need.
This year, the College administrators on the trip are Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dorothy Filoramo, who also serves as President of the Pearl River Rotary Club and Director of Residence Life Ryan Gorman, a Pearl River Rotary Club Member as well. While in El Salvador, they are partnering with the San Miguel Rotary Club to work on a water purification project.
The Dominican College students on the trip are Sarah Baradaran-Noviri, Kayla Grodzicki, Kiara Rivera, Patricia Simmons, and Sade Solan-Bennett.
This is the third year that Dominican College has sent a team to work at the summer camp in Sol Naciente. In El Salvador, the dry season from November through April is known locally as “summer,” even though the country is north of the equator.