Joseph M., a member of Troop 503 based in El Salvador, and his helpers built ten handmade coffins for infants and donated them to local hospitals as part of his Eagle Scout project. The law in El Salvador requires a coffin for releasing the body of a child who dies in a hospital, which many poor families cannot afford. This often results in parents not taking their children to the hospital out of fear of not being able to retrieve their child’s body. The caskets are designed with custom dimensions, stained and handmade pillows inside, and are expected to save at least 100 lives since hospitals can now advertise that they have free caskets available. Joseph’s project showcases the transformative impact of service and highlights the critical need for support for under-served communities.
— Joe, Troop 503, San Salvador, El Salvador