Local residents peruse vegetables for sale outside the chapel at the Home of Divine Providence in Santa Tecla, El Salvador.

CNS PHOTO | EDGAR ROMERO

Local residents peruse vegetables for sale outside the chapel at the Home of Divine Providence in Santa Tecla, El Salvador.

February 11, 2013

Dressed in her brown habit, Sister Elsy Gaytan walks through a field among rows of cabbages, pointing to the crisp green crop sprouting from the earth.

"The motto of our institution is God will provide, and indeed he is providing," she said.

Sister Elsy is the coordinator of Home of Divine Providence, an orphanage in El Salvador that has started a sustainable agriculture project that will feed not only the 32 children who live there, but also allow the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese, who oversee the home, to reach local consumers with organic products.

The orphanage, located in Santa Tecla, about 12 km west of the Salvadoran capital of San Salvador, has been a haven for children since it was founded in 1984 by the order in the midst of the country's civil war.

The war ended in 1992, but the orphans kept coming.

The agriculture project started in July 2011.