EL SALVADOR: orphanage and eco-tourism, designed by Ali Keenan and Danielle Rustagi

Ali Keenan is a Cal Poly architecture student from Manhattan Beach, CA. According to Ali, “JI provides the opportunity for a thesis project that uses her talents to help others.”

There is currently an orphanage located in San Salvador, El Salvador called Tia Ana’s that houses children that resulted from the prostitution industry in the area. San Salvador is one of the most gang-ridden and dangerous cities in all of Central America, so Amoveo Group would like to relocate the orphanage outside of the main city, in a more safe and remote location. The Plan is an organic / green plantation and eco-tourism site just outside of the city that would also contain Tia Ana’s. The funding received from coffee exports and hotel guests would go to the orphanage.

Project Details
  • Humanitarian Partner: Amoveo Group
  • Sponsor(s): BAR Architects
  • Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Designer(s): Ali Keenan (architecture student) and Danielle Rustagi (structural engineering student)
  • University: Cal Poly
  • Professor: Thomas di Santo
  • Status: Design Complete

GHANA: Orphanage by Brynn Cummings
KENYA: Wongonyi Leadership Center by Meganne DesRosier and JI Summer Program