The Families of Palo Solo
There are 45 families in Palo Solo. Most earn approximately $12.50 per week or $600 per year. Most of the families own a small piece of land, which they cultivate in order provide basic staple foods such as beans and corn, and usually sell the surplus to earn a small income. Many still need secondary jobs at large farms to help pay for food, medicine, and other basic needs.
Typical Family Requirements
Given the modest income earned by these families, very small contributions to the village can make an enormous difference in their quality of life and help them to escape the parent-child cycle of poverty.
Medicine: The families receive medical care but have no money for medicine. Typical needs are nebulizers to help children with asthma. antibiotics and medication for pain relief.
Education: Most children in Palo Solo drop out of school at 5th grade. This is despite the fact that parents would like to see them continue. A major challenge is that the middle/high school is over a 2 hour walk from Palo Solo each way. As a result, the children often do not have time for the four hour plus daily commute. One local church has launched a successful bicycle program to address this, but more help is needed. With a bicycle, a child from Palo Solo can cut the commute down to 40 minutes per day, making it more feasible to attend the regional high school. Please visit our blog to learn about the bicycle gifts we made to the local school children.