2021 WATER SUPPORT
February 23th - March 1st, 2021
Let's support communities in defending water as a human right
Invitation from FUNDASPAD
Recíban un cordial saludo de parte de la Fundación Salvadoreña para la Democracia y el Desarrollo Social -FUNDASPAD, esperando que sus actividades se desarrollen con el mayor de los éxitos. read all
Invitation to be an Election
Observer Mission Delegate
Observer Mission Delegate
Dear friends of the people of El Salvador,
We would like to invite you to join the El Salvador Election Observer Mission for the presidential elections on Sunday February 3rd, 2019.
With a long history of fraud and corruption in the region, including the stealing of the recent elections in Honduras and the fragile situation in Nicaragua, our partners are inviting us to observe this important election. We are joining forces with sister organizations like the Center of International Solidarity CIS, the Committee in Solidarity CISPES, Sister Cities to have a strong international, representative mission with as many participants as possible.
We will be arriving in El Salvador January 29th and returning on February 5th, 2019.
The itinerary will include a day to receive certification training as official observers by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). We will also visit communities in Chalatenango and La Libertad to learn about organizing work with youth and women, visit their vegetable garden and meet with community leaders continuing their education with SHARE’s scholarship program. We will learn about the national effort to stop the privatization of water and to pass legislation that declares water as a human rights. Last but not least, we will meet with partner organizations advocating for human rights, justice and reparations for the massacres of El Mozote, the case of San Romero and other cases.
We invite you to follow El Salvador before, during and after the elections. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) is in conservative hands and our friends want us to keep a close eye.
As in previous presidential elections, there is a chance of a second round of voting a moth after the first election. In anticipation of this, we want to have a second Mission ready to go in March 2019.
We invite your participation in the Election Mission by joining the delegation, by sponsoring a low-income delegate with a donation and or frequent flyer miles, and by promoting this organizing work.
Pleas express your interest at www.share-elsalvador.org.
We thank you for your faithful support to the people of El Salvador.
From all of us at SHARE,
El Salvador Field Director
How do I register for the delegation?
When is the deadline for registration?
The deadline for applications is on December 17th, 2018, including the non-refundable deposit of $100. You may also pay this online [here]. You have until January 15th, 2019 to submit your full payment and flight confirmation, which you can forward by email to Graciela Lovo: firstname.lastname@example.org or David Mckinley at email@example.com
What is the delegation fee?
The fee for the delegation is $950. Please send in a non-refundable deposit of $100 by December 17th, 2018. The full balance is due by January 17th, 2019. (Please note that due to fixed costs, such as hiring translators and reserving rooms, SHARE will only be able to refund 50% of the $950 delegation fee after January 17th, 2019.)
WHAT DOES THE DELEGATION FEE COVER?
The fee covers food, lodging, translation, set-up and facilitation of meetings, reading and preparation materials, orientation, and on-the-ground transportation in El Salvador. Airfare is not included in the delegation price.
WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS IN EL SALVADOR LIKE?
Delegates stay in safe, clean guesthouses or hotels. SHARE has been using many of the same accommodations for years without problem. A majority of the meals are made in-house/served at the hotel.
DO I NEED TO SPEAK SPANISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DELEGATION?
Although Spanish language skills are helpful, they are not necessary for participation. Interpretation will be provided by SHARE.
HOW DOES SHARE PREPARE DELEGATES FOR THE EXPERIENCE?
SHARE will send a general information packet on history, politics, itinerary and travel tips. Leading up to departure, we will have 3 conference calls where all participants can have a chance to meet one another. SHARE also encourages delegates to read publications listed in a suggested reading list.
WHO PARTICIPATES IN SHARE DELEGATIONS?
Individuals and groups with a sincere interest in learning from Salvadorans about the struggles of El Salvador and a desire to accompany them in that process. Delegates should possess a willingness to learn and be challenged by circumstances of poverty and should share a sensitivity towards cultures other than their own. SHARE encourages people of diverse backgrounds to participate in delegations.
WHO SETS UP AND ACCOMPANIES THE DELEGATION?
SHARE staff and volunteers facilitate the delegations. Many have extensive in-country experience and can serve as a resource for answering questions regarding logistics, politics and culture.
IS IT DANGEROUS TO TRAVEL IN EL SALVADOR?
Safety is the ultimate priority for SHARE staff and volunteers. SHARE has been facilitating delegations for over 25 years and has extensive in-country experience and contacts. This network of information and support has allowed SHARE to coordinate delegations safely. Delegates will receive reading materials and orientation in El Salvador on common sense safety precautions while traveling in El Salvador.
WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR TRAVEL TO EL SALVADOR?
DO I NEED A PASSPORT OR VISA TO TRAVEL TO EL SALVADOR?
A valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months from departure date to El Salvador is necessary for travel to El Salvador. U.S. citizens do not need a visa, but you will pay a $10 fee for visiting. For those holding passports from other countries, the visa requirements vary depending from what country the passport is issued. Please go to www.elsalvador.org for complete information.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SHARE FOUNDATION?
Our website has many resources to learn both about our organization and the history of El Salvador. Search around to discover more! For further information on SHARE’s programming, mission and history, email firstname.lastname@example.org