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Girls in El Salvador Become Protagonists for Change

November 25, 2015

Youth are key to a country’s development. Proper care, quality education, recreation and respect of rights can help ensure a country’s just development.

In El Salvador, unfortunately children and youth are particularly vulnerable to social problems such as poverty, violence and abuse. The most vulnerable of these are adolescent girls.

According to various studies, over 31% of adolescents between 10 and 19 years become pregnant and 85% of teenage mothers do not finish school. Many cases of abuse and sexual harassment occur within schools and family environments. In the first half of 2012 the PNC recorded a total of 1,190 complaints of sexual offenses against children, adolescents and women. The highest risk group, with 608 cases, belongs to adolescents between 12 and 18 years old.

Currently CRIPDES San Vicente is carrying out a pilot project in nine schools in the municipality of Tecoluca in the department of San Vicente, with groups of girls ages 14-18 years.

Girls in San Vicente doing an activity during a workshop

Girls in San Vicente doing an activity during a workshop

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Women Fight for Food Sovereignty

On October 28, SHARE participated in a forum organized by CORDES and CCR titled “Women Fight for Food Sovereignty.”

Food sovereignty is a concept that encompasses principles of social justice, the dignity of peoples, solidarity, and respect and harmony with the earth.


Participants begin with exercises to start the forum

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A Brief History of El Salvador’s Mining Struggles

By Lauri R., SHARE’s Communications Volunteer

El Salvador is one of the smallest countries in the Americas with a high population density and high levels of environmental degradation. The combination of these two factors means that a natural disaster or shortage of resources greatly impacts large numbers of people.

For some time, lack of usable water has been a serious concern in El Salvador.

The Lempa River is El Salvador’s largest river and a vital resource on which thousands of people rely for agriculture, fisheries and drinking water. Mineral deposits in this area have attracted mining operations. This precious resource is now in great danger of being polluted to levels that would make it entirely unusable.

El Salvador's Lempa River

El Salvador’s Lempa River

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Visits to CRIPDES Regions

October 30, 2015


On September 27, university and high school students from the UCRES region (northern San Salvador) gathered together for their monthly scholarship assembly.Three university students, who have been participating in workshops on peace culture focused on youth, led the assembly. The participants were very motivated and worked in teams to propose solutions to the situation of violence in their communities.

During the following scholarship assembly on October 25, students reported on their recent activities and progress in school. Graduations are coming soon with some on November 28 and others on the 30th. Students discussed making plans for a celebration of the past year on November 15. The last assembly of the year will be held on November 29. Read More »

My experience at SHARE El Salvador

by Gray Abarca

July 2, 2015 was my first day in El Salvador after seven years of not visiting; the last time I came was to visit family in 2008. This time I came for a full month. The purpose of my visit, besides seeing my extended family again, was to conduct preliminary ethnographic research at SHARE to learn about the kind of work they do; get an idea of the history of the institution and the practice of mutual accompaniment; and above all to meet the people that work with or within SHARE, as well as the people who have received support from them.

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What I Learned in El Salvador

October 28, 2015

By Ryan D’Silva

I always knew I wanted to go to El Salvador after my brother went to El Salvador 4 years ago and came back and told me about all the friends and the community he visited and all the great food he ate while he was there. I was in 8th grade at that time and could not wait to go and have the experience for myself.

During my junior year at Shawnee Mission Northwest high school, my mom asked me if I would be interested in going in the summer of 2015. I knew I was ready for the experience and I heard that there were four teens from my high school going along, so I jumped at the opportunity. But sadly, I knew very little about the relationship between our church and El Buen Pastor. Luckily for me, our leader and guide, Teresa Aley spent many hours with us before our trip. She brought us up to speed on the history of El Salvador, she asked us what we were interested in doing while we were there. We wanted to meet the President of El Salvador, we wanted to eat pupusas and we wanted to visit El Mozote, and she said yes to it all!

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Grassroots Projects Update!

September 30, 2015

Here’s a peek into how our grassroots projects are going!

CRIPDES San Vicente

Women’s Project

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  • 31 women’s committees are stronger and actively functioning. 30 women know and are using organic agriculture skills to guarantee healthy food for them and their families through vegetable gardens.
  • Women have actively participated in the municipal women’s committee from Tecoluca. Their projections and demands have been made and later have been presented to different institutions.
  • Through coordinated help from “Ciudad Mujer -Usulutan”, 204 women from Tecoluca have graduated after leaning different skills (60 women trained in baking, 40 women trained in hammock making, 60 women trained in sewing, and 44 trained in computing). As a result, some women have started their own small economic initiatives.
  • The community savings and loans groups have been followed up with and are operating well.

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A Peek into the Magic of a Grassroots Delegation

September 28, 2015

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“Life in Teosinte in not taken for granted – every moment is precious. Why do these people want to continue living in Teosinte – working as hard as they do to make a life for themselves? I believe they choose to live in Teosinte because this is the life they know. They want a place for their families, a place they can call home and live in peace. The passion and love in the hearts of the Salvadoran people is great. The struggle for peace, equality and justice continues.”

Sue Olson, Saint Sebastian delegate.

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What inspires you about the story of the four churchwomen?

September 21, 2015

We were moved by the way the four churchwomen have inspired the delegates joining our upcoming Remembering the Churchwomen Delegation. Below we share some quotes from their applications; we think you’ll find their inspiration inspiring too.

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Bio 4 of 4: Maura Clarke

September 15, 2015

Maura Clarke (1931-1980)

Maura Clarke (1931-1980)

Maura Clarke was born on January 13, 1931, and lived in Queens, New York. She joined Maryknoll in 1950. In 1959 she was sent to Nicaragua where she taught school and did pastoral work in a Capuchin parish in Siuna, a remote city in eastern Nicaragua. In the early 1970’s she was working in a parish in the capital city of Managua and was there at the time of the devastating earthquake of 1972. Managua was hit hard; an estimated 1020,000 people were killed. Trapped on an upper floor of the parish house, the Maryknoll Sisters climbed down through a window with a rope of sheets and immediately began ministering to the wounded and digging out the bodies of the dead.

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