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Root Causes of Migration and the Plan for Prosperity

August 25, 2015

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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Why I’m Coming to El Salvador

July 30, 2015

My wife Mary Alice and I are coming on this pilgrimage to venerate a martyr and undeclared saint, Maura Clarke, MM. I’m coming in the hope of drawing courage from her strength.

I knew Maura back in the late 1970s when we were both members of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Boston–she dedicated, and I uncertain, a conservative trying to think liberally, as I often defined myself.

I didn’t know her well in the sense that we had had long talks together, or that I had invited her to have dinner with the family. But one didn’t have to know her intimately; the smile told you everything. She was genuinely joyous, gentle and affirming–a conciliator when, not infrequently, there were divisive issues being discussed. She listened well, spoke with reason, and always sought to bring peace and good will back to the group while advancing the cause from discussion to action. Read More »

Bio 2 of 4: Sister Ita Ford

July 17, 2015

Four Churchwomen- Ita

Sister Ita Ford (1940-1980)

Ita Ford was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 23,1940. She joined the Maryknoll Sisters in 1961 after graduating from Marymount Manhattan College. Only three years later, health problems forced her to leave. After working as an editor for a publishing company for seven years, Ita re-applied and was once again accepted to the Maryknolls. Read More »

Volunteer with Us!

July 16, 2015

SHARE is seeking a volunteer for its El Salvador Office for the position of Communications and Technology Coordinator. The position requires a strong commitment as well as full participation in all SHARE activities so that they can be recorded and then transmitted in the social media, web page, and blog to our partners in the United States. Read More »

CRIPDES Celebrates a New Board

June 24, 2015

Last Saturday, June 13th, SHARE’s partner organization CRIPDES celebrated their 10th General Assembly to welcome new board members. Read More »

28 Years of Solidarity

Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd delegation from Kansas City

The Good Shepherd Parish Delegation from Kansas City traveled to El Salvador with a group of 11 delegates in June 2015.

One of the objectives for this trip was to get to know the present and past situation of El Salvador and to live for at least three days with the families in their sistering community of El Buen Pastor in Aguilares, San Salvador.

Upon their arrival to the community, what a surprise! All of the kids were gathered to wait for them at the main entrance of the community and sang three songs to welcome their friends. There is no doubt that the delegation was excited to be received in such creative way. Click to watch the videos. Read More »

Bio 1 of 4: Sister Dorothy Kazel

June 23, 2015

Sister Dorothy Kazel

Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U. (1939-1980)

Dorothea Lu Kazel was born in Cleveland on June 30,1939, to Lithuanian-American parents, Joseph and Malvina Kazel.

Feeling called to a devoted religious life, Dorothy left her family and fiancé to join the Cleveland Ursuline Sisters in 1960.

After years of teaching in local high schools and a transformative missionary experience, in 1967 Dorothy joined the Cleveland Latin American Mission (CLAM).

During a 1968 retreat, Dorothy proclaimed that she wanted to be remembered as, “an alleluia from head to toe.” According to her retreat notes, she also showed determination to, “…accept the person I am with all my weaknesses and not to pretend that I don’t have them; that I may accept the fact that I am human and with this human nature to strive to become as perfect and loving a woman, Christian, and religious that I can be.” Read More »

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