The inhabitants of Santa Marta, El Salvador had to flee fierce repression during the Civil War and began their return in 1987 to rebuild their community from the ground up. It is a vibrant and proud community.
DGH’s longest standing commitment has been to the Rehabilitation Center which has evolved since the 1990s to provide a wide array of services including physical therapy and other body work techniques, specifically developed to address the needs of war wounded, injured, and people suffering from chronic muskuloskeletal conditions. Respiratory therapy for those with chronic lung problems is also offered.
DGH has also provided volunteer medical students and other health care providers to work alongside Salvadoran health promoters. Many volunteers have taught classes in reproductive health and English at the local school. Others have partnered with community groups to conduct public health surveys to better identify issues and explore ways to address them.
Most recently, with the support of physical therapists from Spain and early childhood psychologists in Italy (all members of DGH-Europe), work has expanded from individual therapy to groups addressing the needs of parents, their young children and the elderly.
Other needs in the community include agricultural expertise, artistic/technical skills, business development skills, ESL, Science education, fundraising, volunteers of non-binary gender, theater experience, alternative medicine, massage, early childhood education, program evaluation.