Sunday, May 8, 2016
We have come to the point where we need to raise our core funding so that we can continue to send money down to El Salvador. Without an office and staff, we will lose our connection to El Salvador and the possibility of sending delegations to El Salvador.
On the Compadres Blog, I will be featuring stories from the communities we support on the blog and fundraising page with the hope that people will read these stories and donate.
Here is the link to our fundraising campaign: http://salvaide.causevox.com/
Here is the first.
"For a community free of social violence, with values"
1-1 Context of the community, San Carlos Lempa
The community of San Carlos Lempa is located at the height of kilometre 81of the Salvadoran coastal highway of San Vicente. This community has an area of approximately 800 apple trees in a multipurpose area that also has agriculture and livestock and has about 200 families, approximately 1000 inhabitants including children, youth and adults of all ages.
San Carlos Lempa, which began to be repopulated in 1989 and began its process of legalization in October 1995, completing it in 1996 with the name "Communal Association for the Development of San Carlos Lempa". This community celebrates its patron saints days from the 1st to the 4th of November each year in honour of San Carlos Borromeo. The Association is a founding member of the Association of Rural Communities of the Social Economic System (SES), a second level organization that is made up of 20 Comunal Associations legally constituted, that make up a Micro Region with a structure (General Assembly, Board of Directors, Secretaries of Support).
The inhabitants of this community are the Repatriated, Displaced, Repopulated and Demobilized of the FMLN. The majority of these people that make up this community come from different parts of the country and the rest are families from the same communities who abandoned their land because of the armed conflict that affected our country in the 80s.
Social activity is also an important element for day to day life of the inhabitants of this community; activities, recreation, both cultural and saints days celebrations, take place during the 12 months of the year, each activity with a principal characteristic and a central objective (Community Social Cohabitation).
Something very important that I cannot leave out is the importance of the process of development to the community in the search for their sustainability to reach goals and clear objectives for the purpose of Sustainable Development.
1-2 Cultural Characteristics
The historical reality of the people in the communities of this sector has created a series of traditions, feelings, dates of remembrance and celebrations, characteristics that characterize and define the identity of this people. The historical reality has common roots in everyone (?) is defined by the culture, the values, the traditions of the entire Salvadoran people. The reality of certain elements that have appeared in contemporary history, some differentiated by the diversity of regions of origin and different situations that they have lived and other common elements, shared by all the process of the last couple years. Some signs unique to this population come from the homogenous experience the past civil war and after the signing of the Peace Accords; and the system of development in which the sector participates.
The culture of the communities of the sector is also being enriched by the unique customs of the Tecoluca Municipality particular to the area, the strong tradition of the indigenous culture, Nonualco. Such is the excellent participation of the communities in Saints days celebrations.
Another dimension of the culture of the population is its reality or education level. In this sense, the region has managed to meet the demands of the primary school age population, but with major lacks, most of all in the quality of the instruction.
2-1 Justification for the Proposal
The youth have expressed continually their desire and need to develop and contribute to the development of their communities. They desire and ask for support in order to carry out recreational, cultural, and productive activities. In fact, in all communities they have had the leading role in the dramatizing of comunal celebrations through social dramas, theatre, dances... Activities that have been carried out sporadically and have not been consolidated in the permanent functioning of youth groups. In some cases, the absence of alternative for youth has lead some youth to engage in criminal activities or participation in MARAS dedicated to robbing, consuming drugs and extortion. And even though it is a small portion that reaches this extreme, the majority of the youth experience a lack of values and confusion regarding their role and focus in life and society in seeing themselves as an object and not a subject of their own development. Other threats that come out of the lack of alternatives and opportunities is the increase in emigration from the youth to the United States. Situations contrary to authentic youth development and implicate grave consequences for a young person, the urban and rural development.
The previous statement show us that, on one hand, the seeds of potential of the youth and, on the other hand, the vital necessity they have to find their identity and meaning in life. Necessity, therefore, for new opportunities for their personal development and to contribute and integrate into local development. And, it is necessary to underscore that, the rural youth situation is distinct in terms of young mothers.