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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

Roberto with his relatives

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

jean donovan

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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Reflections from the 20th Anniversary Remembering the Churchwomen Delegation

August 20, 2015

In December 2000, in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the death of the four churchwomen, I traveled to El Salvador on an immersion trip sponsored by SHARE in collaboration with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. I had been involved over many years in prayer vigils every December 2 in San Francisco and protests over the US involvement in the war.

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Autobiography of Víctor Andaluz, SHARE’s Grassroots Program Coordinator

July 31, 2015

Victor head shotMy name is Victor Manuel Andaluz. I was born on December 16, 1988 (December 26 in legal documents–long story), in a small village called Los Amates in the municipality of San Juan Opico, Department of La Libertad in the Southwest part of El Salvador and Northwest of San Salvador. Physically, I am small in comparison to the average Salvadoran, but have a big heart full of humbleness and love to share with others. I also belong an extended and humble family. I am the 11th of 12 siblings. My family is composed as follows: Maria and José, my parents, Rosa, Julia, Silvia, Jaime, Sarah, Yanira, María Elena, Miguel, José Esteban, Jorge, and Juan Carlos. I am in between my brother Jorge who is 2 years older and Juan Carlos who is 5 years younger than me. Read More »


The Power of Accompaniment- Insights from a PhD Anthropology Student


 

Written by Gray Abarca, PhD Anthropology Student

As a social anthropologist with a focus on emotional wellbeing I am interested in the ways people from impoverished urban communities navigate the lack of proper mental health care in their cities. More importantly, I am interested in how these people organize themselves to innovative ways to heal despite the lack of mental health care. Thus throughout my research I have explored creative and emerging therapeutic relationships, ones that are not based or necessarily dependent on professional or clinical expertise. I have had the greatest fortune in working with a community health organization in the greater Los Angeles area in the U.S beginning in August 2014. This organization is dedicated, among other things, to addressing the health care deficits that Latina/o families struggle with, including undocumented people. This has been an enormous task for them and has necessitated community organizing and advocacy. I say “fortune” because I have met some of the most amazing people fighting for healthcare, a special group of Latina/os from the community called “promotora de salud,” or community health workers. Since they are very much a part of the community they serve, they have a deeply intimate and embodied understanding of the struggles faced everyday by the community. These promotoras, generally, do not have a formal professional education. Yet their efforts offer an alternative to the work of public health experts since the health education and prevention projects they create develop out of their community expertise.

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