Posts Tagged ‘UCRES’

Desarrollo de Liderazgo Juvenil y Formación Académica.

June 16, 2016

Actualmente SHARE tiene un proyecto con CRIPDES que consiste en fortalecer las capacidades de jóvenes líderes y lideresas de las comunidades a través de becas universitarias y de bachillerato. Se considera como un proyecto estratégico pues para continuar la lucha por la justicia social es necesaria la formación de un nuevo liderazgo compuesto por las y los jóvenes líderes activos en sus comunidades.



El objetivo de éste proyecto es proporcionar estímulo y oportunidades de formación de jóvenes líderes emergentes, que en un futuro puedan aportar positivamente a sus comunidades y a la sociedad en general.


Este programa de becas se dirige específicamente a los hombres y mujeres jóvenes que demuestren cualidades de liderazgo en sus comunidades y que de otra forma no tendrían acceso al apoyo financiero para sus estudios.



Actualmente muchos jóvenes de las distintas regiones del CRIPDES son beneficiados con éste proyecto. Si deseas conocer los perfiles de algunos becarios visita nuestra página de Facebook y utiliza el hashtag #wednesdayscholarship.


Empowerment in Baking

February 24, 2015

In El Paisnal, women organized themselves with the support of UCRES so that they could receive training in running a bakery.  “La Exquistita” (The Exquisite), opened up three years ago employing 7 women. Five women work from 5:30am-4:oopm baking all of the sweet and savory breads; then two women sell the bread to the local eateries and also door to door. The bakery brings in $100 daily. This money is divided into purchases, earnings, and savings. When SHARE staff visited this past Friday, Lilian and Rosa Maria were hard at work making so many treats, many pictured here!

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UCRES Updates: Youth Leadership Development and Academic Formation

November 1, 2014

The following is the semester report for the Youth Leadership Development and Academic Formation in UCRES.

UCRES 2014 Youth Leadership Semester Report Summary

UCRES youth start off a monthly assembly with icebreaker games.

Project Description
Strengthen youth participation in community organizing, through political formation and support for high school scholarships, in order to generate committed community leadership with new skills in advocacy.

Project duration: January – December 2014

This semester included:
Monthly assemblies to discuss current events, such as mining issues, national reality, and other themes, and distribute monthly scholarship funds to each student
Follow-up with community councils to check on students’ progress in their community work plans Read More »

UCRES Updates: Rural Women’s Empowerment Project

October 25, 2014

The following is the semester report for the Rural Women’s Empowerment Project in UCRES.

The project continues the sustainable processes developed by UCRES for 5+ years of improving the quality of life for women through the creation and strengthening of women’s community and municipal organizations.

UCRES 2014 RWE Semester Report Summary

Santos with her garden in Huisisilapa, La Libertad.

Project duration: March 2013 – December 2014

This semester included:
The creation of Municipal Women’s Associations– officially-recognized women’s groups where women hold leadership roles under their municipal council, and have the space to learn about certain themes, advocate for their rights, etc.
Support for women to develop skills through training programs and workshops on planting and managing family vegetable gardens, increasing food security and food sovereignty in the region.
Encouragement of women to strengthen their participation and exercise their rights through the elaboration of the municipal gender policy in Tacachico and the development of a training process in political economy for 30 women. Read More »

Gang Prevention through Youth Empowerment

October 23, 2014

Disclaimer: SHARE is dedicated to always keeping our staff and delegates safe. We rely on our Salvadoran counterparts, who have the best understanding of their reality, to keep us up-to-date with the level of security in their region. We only take delegates to areas where we know they will be kept out of harms way.

Two and a half years ago, in March of 2012, El Salvador’s two largest gangs, Mara Salvatrucha (MS 13) and Barrio 18 (18th Street Gang), signed a truce to end most of the violence and extortion between the gangs.  The truce proved to be successful in its first year. The homicide rate dropped from 14  to 6 a day. However, in the second year and a half of that truce, we have seen it deteriorate. From incredibly high rates of forced displacement (130,000 fled their homes in 2013) due to gang threats, to a day in May of this year known as “Black Friday” where in total 81 people were killed, less hope now exists that the truce will continue to hold up.  In early September of this year, there were rumors of a second truce in the works. Yet, nothing official has surfaced.

New president Salvador Sanchez Ceren and his administration have promised to make security a priority during this first year in office. Within the last week, a communal policing program launched to start building trust and ensuring safety on a neighborhood level. This initiative enlists small groups of police officers who work with community councils to watch over specific neighborhoods. However, this new programing doesn’t quite address the root cause of the gang phenomena.

The gangs thrive on the lack of resources for the majority of Salvadoran youth to study, and very few employment opportunities for the same demographic. The gangs provide a source of income for many young men coming from poor families. Poverty is one of the leading causes forcing youth to join the gangs. This same poverty leaves homes fatherless (either having migrated to the city or away from El Salvador altogether to make ends meet  for the family). This broken family unit has been proven a common theme in many of the lives of the youth that join the gangs. The gangs provide a familial-like structure, a place of belonging for young teenagers who feel they can’t find that from a more traditional source.

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Política Institucional de protección y vinculación para los Salvadoreños Migrantes: será ésta una garantía para nuestros hermanos en el exterior?

May 19, 2014

Política Migratoria. El jueves 10 de abril el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores presentó la Política Institucional de protección y vinculación para los Salvadoreños Migrantes. El objetivo de esta iniciativa es fomentar el desarrollo de la población migrante de El Salvador y sus familias, así como el ejercicio del derecho a no migrar de los salvadoreños y las salvadoreñas.

Como comentarista del documento participó la salvadoreña de la Comunidad Monseñor Romero de Milán, Italia, Concepción Castillo, quien leyó una carta escrita por personas de la comunidad, quienes  “reconocen que se ha dado un paso enorme al realizar esta política, les satisface que se reconozca a las personas salvadoreñas que viven en el exterior no solamente como aquellos que envían remesas al país, sino también quienes tienen derecho a que el país les respalde y defienda sus derechos humanos donde quiera que se encuentren fuera de las fronteras.” Además pidió que en el país también se respeten los derechos a los migrantes extranjeros. Read More »

Meet Janet Rosas: SHARE Volunteer

January 28, 2014

Janet Rosas in China this past July, showing her school spirit!

Janet Rosas in China this past July, showing her school spirit!

With over seventy delegates about to descend for our 2014 Elections Observation Delegation, SHARE needed a few extra hands on deck. Janet Rosas, a Mexican-American Chicago-ite has come to make her mark on SHARE and accompany the Salvadoran people during this pertinent time, the 2014 elections! She will assist our Sistering Accompaniment  Coordinator Katy with the delegation from  Northwest Highschool, a sistering group from Seattle. Their group will spend the bulk of their time in the UCRES region deepening their relationship with the community of Huisisilapa.  She and the Northwesterners will  get to know the kind-hearted inhabitants while learning about their commitment to social transformation and justice.

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SHARE Visits a Local Farmer’s Market

December 13, 2013

Farmers Market

The Local Market in the UCRES Region

Every 15 days, local farmers and artisans come together to sell their produce and simple crafts in the UCRES region of La Cabaña, just north of El Paisnal. You can find most anything at this colorful market, including: homemade candies, limes, homemade cheeses, cream, papaya, pineapple, spinach and other greens, loroco, squash, green peppers, ornamental plants, and a variety of fabric crafts, such as small thin towels called mantas, used for storing hot tortillas. An assortment of food is also available for purchase: coffee, homemade pastries, pasteles, and a cinnamon, rice, and milk snack known as arroz con leche.IMG_1909

Many of the women who participate in the farmers’ market received training in agricultural techniques and small business practices through SHARE’s partnering organization, UCRES.  The 2013 women’s empowerment project, supported by SHARE’s Grassroots Partners, provided opportunities for women to learn to plant and manage their own home vegetable gardens, among many other skills.  FECORACEN, a local agricultural cooperative affiliated with another SHARE partner, CONFRAS, facilitated workshops on organic fertilizers, garden set-up and management, soil types, and vegetable types and diseases.  

Rosa Delia Pinto

Rosa Delia Pinto

Rosa Delia Pinto from San Antonio Grande was kind enough to share her experience as a vendor in the farmers’ market and participant in the garden workshops.  Aside from tending her small garden, in which she grows eggplant, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, green peppers, green onions, jicama, and jalapeño peppers, she is also very active in local organizations.  She serves as the legal representative for the local women’s association, is a member of the Nonviolence Committee, and a literacy promoter with MINED (the Ministry of Education) in San Antonio Grande.

(This project) has helped us immensely … even though it’s a small amount (that we sell in the markets) we almost always sell everything,”  Rosa sells pineapple, loroco, homemade cheeses and cream, and arroz con leche at her small stand.  She makes the cheese and cream herself from fresh local cow’s milk that she gets from El Verdío, a small community nearby.  

Rosa’s story is just one small testament to the impact of regional women’s projects in El Salvador.  SHARE is looking forward to continued support for 2014 projects, including additional home vegetable gardens in the UCRES region.  Consider supporting women’s empowerment in El Salvador by purchasing a solidarity gift or making a donation.


Youth Scholarship Updates

May 10, 2013

Glendy, an UCRES scholarship recipient, hopes to become a doctor one day.

On Sunday, April 26th, around 30 bleary-eyed students wandered into the UCRES offices in Aguilares, El Salvador. After about 20 minutes and a little bit of coffee, the volume of chatter rose in the assembly room. Another UCRES scholarship student assembly was underway.

After a formal introduction and greetings from UCRES team members Santiago and Alfonso, students shared their community work plans with their peers. Students in Las Arenas will help their community by organizing a street cleaning campaign and will plant trees throughout the community to revitalize green spaces. Other groups will present their youth committee’s workplan for 2013, and all are encouraged to share their plan with their respective community councils. Read More »

Rutilio Grande Lives On through Community

March 14, 2013

Father Rutilio Grande spent his life speaking on behalf of the rural poor and marginalized farmers of El Salvador as they demanded rights from their oppressive government. He organized peasants to demand respect, while questioning the  over-reaching hands of those in power. The priest of the El Paisnal municipality was on his way to give mass when he was assassinated along with two others in 1977. Every year, communities across El Salvador commemorate his martyrdom to bring forth his commitment to the people and voice for justice that women and men, young and old, continue to follow. Last Saturday, the community of Rutilio Grande celebrated with a march through the streets, accompanied by the batucada youth drummers, a soccer tournament, games for the kids, traditional dancing, and a horse race.  

SHARE scholarship students and women’s groups in the UCRES region organized another event on March 12th for the communities in Aguilares to commemorate Father Rutilio Grande. SHARE Grassroots partners: Northwest School, St. John Francis Regis, Good Shepherd Church (KS), SEAS, Milwaukee Synod, and EMU helped make the celebration possible, igniting passion in the young adults who will soon be leaders and in the women who are already leading, all fighting for justice and equality. 

These photos document the community of Rutilio Grande celebrationg the town’s foundation. Rutilio Grande presente!

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