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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.

Youth Project

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  • 7 high school youth with demonstrated leadership qualities are continuing their studies.
  • Community boards, schools, and CRIPDES have coordinated well to strengthen the scholarship program in San Vicente.
  • 8 structured youth committees are actively working on plans for their communities.
  • The youth have participated in 5 workshops: CRIPDES origins, historic memory, current national reality, community organization, and environmental issues.
  • A leadership school for youth focusres on effective community participation.
  • 3 schools in the region have received support for a violence prevention campaign.



Women’s Project

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  • 17 women’s organizations in the municipalities of Chalatenango have been strengthened and are operating well.
  • Municipal women’s associations have been created to advocate to request support from the mayoralties. As a result, Municipal Council of San José Las Flores, Las Vueltas, and Arcatao have assigned a budgetary category to support women’s initiatives.
  • A departmental forum has been developed to discuss the issues of security and food sovereignty.


Youth Project

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  • 7 high school youth with demonstrated leadership qualities are continuing their studies.
  • Youth scholarship recipients are part of organizations and community structures such as ADESCOS (community boards) working as Youth Representatives and members of pastoral ministries among others.
  • Youth also participate in dancing, theater groups, and other community recreation spaces.
  • Scholarship recipients are also actively participating in rescuing historic memory of the communities.
  • Students are also more involved in local events. For instance, they learned about the legal context and process for mining and became part of the national team of observers in the popular struggle against mining in the municipality of Nueva Trinidad.



Women’s Project

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  • 60 women have been trained in the creation of organic fertilizers and pesticides for their vegetable gardens.
  • 20 women from 3 communities from Guazapa have planted tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, and radishes in their home gardens.
  • The women participants who started vegetable gardens last year have received technical assistance and follow-up to ensure their gardens are healthy and continue to produce well.
  • In order to strengthen the productive initiatives of women, UCRES has had 3 follow-up meetings to keep women organized for commercializing their products (bread, chicks, dairy products, tamales, and grocery stores) in the four municipalities.
  • Women’s organization has increased awareness of women’s rights laws.


Youth Project

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  • 9 high school students are continuing their studies. Five will be graduating in December.
  • Students are committed to participate in activities that impact the municipality’s development.
  • Since students are part of the progress of the organizational work of UCRES, they are involved in the community organization and the national demands such as: the approval of a law for water as a human right, the follow up to the law that regulates medicine, the approval of the law that prohibits mining exploration and exploitation in El Salvador, among others.



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In La Esperanza, 30 women:

  • Received technical support from the municipality of Colón Ciudad Mujer headquarters.
  • The majority of these women are part of two projects coordinated by CRIPDES South, one is the orchards and the other savings and loans.
  • Are motivated and hope to be part of other projects in the future.
  • Hope to motivate / inspire more women to get involved in these communal efforts.


In Chilama 2, 38 women:

  • Are involved in community leadership – 50% of the community board are women and hold positions of President, Vice-President and Treasurer.
  • Are growing healthy fruits and vegetables in community gardens and are actively participating in savings and loans groups.


Youth Project

  • The youth committee is very active in the planning of community activities such as fundraising events that support community projects.
  • The youth began a mini savings and loans group to support their studies and cover other living expenses.

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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Testimony from a SHARE Volunteer

August 31, 2015

Cathy 2I first visited El Salvador with a SHARE delegation from Oregon in 2012, to observe the elections – a great experience. When I returned to El Salvador to study Spanish I had the opportunity to travel with Isabel and Anabel to visit the women dairy farmers in Jiquilisco – a very inspiring day.   I also traveled with two of your delegations – church women doing wellness work with Salvadoran women in a rural community and then with an educational visit of high school students from the Midwest USA. I was along to take photos and write stories for SHARE’s blog and website – and it was also a learning experience for me.

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Nueva Trinidad Speaker Bios

Sandra Carolina Navarrete Ayala and Jose Faustino Alas from Nueva Trinidad will be visiting their sister parish St. Patrick’s in Seattle this fall to speak about current issues in El Salvador.

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An Interview with a Board Member of the Rutilio Grande Community

board member rutilio grandeVictor: What is your name?

Luis: Luis Perdomo

Victor: How old are you?

Luis: I am 32 years old.

V: And what is the name of your community?

L: Community Padre Rutilio Grande

V: Who do you live with?

L: I live with my wife, my son who is seven years old, and my daughter who will be born in September.

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A Trip to Remember

August 27, 2015

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Roberto with his relatives

God truly has a plan for everyone, and I came to realize that through my experience this summer. My name is Roberto Melgar and I am currently a junior in high school, and this summer I was given the most amazing opportunity of my life. This summer Good Shepherd Parish gave me a chance to go on a mission trip to a little small country in Central America. Funny enough, that country just happen to be El Salvador, the country where my parents migrated from almost eighteen years ago. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go and discover the land where my parents grew up and where most of my family lives. To make things even more interesting, I found out about the mission trip through a celebration of Monsenor Romero! Having been recently beatified, it seemed like the first of many miracles to come from Blessed Romero.

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Bio 3 of 4: Jean Donovan

August 25, 2015

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Jean Donovan (1953-1980)

Jean Donovan, the youngest of the four church women killed on December 2, 1980, was born on April 10, 1953. She was the younger of two children and raised in an upper middle class family in Westport, Connecticut. Her father, Raymond, was an executive engineer, and later chief of design, at the nearby Sikorsky Aircraft Division of the United Technologies, a large defense contractor for the U.S. and manufacturer of helicopters used in the Vietnam War. Jean was very close to her brother Michael and was deeply affected when he was struck with Hodgkin’s disease, from which he made a complete recovery. The experience of the disease and his courageous battle to conquer it left a strong impression on Jean and, as she said later, gave her a deeper sense of the preciousness of life.

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Root Causes of Migration and the Plan for Prosperity

Dear SHARE family,

I just returned from Honduras and Guatemala with a delegation of 16 religious leaders and immigrant advocates to learn about the root causes of migration. Our delegation was especially surprised to learn about the U.S. Plan for Prosperity proposed by the Obama Administration and invite you to follow its developments. I want to share this piece written by Bill Mefford of the United Methodist Church that explains more about it. Click here for more information on the findings of our delegation.

Jose Artiga
SHARE Executive Director

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