The CIS mission is to promote solidarity and cultural exchange across borders between the Salvadoran people and others in the search for development and dignity. We work to promote and strengthen a culture of solidarity that implies accompaniment, respect for equality of different cultures, and mutual support between people. We focus on using different strategies to promote a solidarity that creates the space for grassroots organizing for justice and dignity.
This past Sunday I turned out of the
beaten-earth yard of a home in the community of San Luis Los Ranchos, leaving
the chickens pecking beneath the mango tree. With each step the yellow dust of
the road spilled over my boots; it was, quite literally, ankle-deep. But my
mind was not on the state of my clothes as I walked, nor on the pines that shelter
the coffee bushes in the adjoining finca
(coffee-growing estate). I had just bid farewell to the family who’d welcomed
me into their home each weekend for the past two months.
Typically I would arrive on a Saturday,
teach an English class for community kids that afternoon, stay overnight, teach
another class the following morning, and return to San Salvador late Sunday
afternoon. In the family’s cocina
(kitchen) I’d eat beans and corn tortillas, and sip coffee picked, roasted, and
ground on-site. In their sleeping shelter at night I’d listen to the mountain
wind buffeting the corrugated metal walls, and in their open-air communal area
I’d read the story of “Senor Mole” with the kids. In the spare time we had we’d
go for walks through the finca or play football in the local cancha (football/soccer field).
The end of the CIS teaching cycle meant
that I now needed to move on, and I found it impossible to explain the reasons
why to six-year-old Nahun. This had nothing to do with my limited fluency in
Spanish. Unlike his 11-year-old sister, Michelle, he has no understanding of
entrance visas and election observation missions. But unlike his three-year-old
niece, Alejandra, who was still calling: “Clarita? Clase de inglés manana?” (English class tomorrow?) as I waved
goodbye, he knows I won’t be coming back.
I came to CIS believing I’d be teaching
English to adults in the city, and ended up teaching children and youth in El
Salvador’s countryside, a choice that called to me when presented as an option.
Mine was a very different experience from the other volunteers in the English
program this cycle (January to March 2012), one that required weekend travel,
an acceptance that classes might be cancelled when students had to work, help
their families, or take part in other activities, and an understanding that the
outdoor classroom could be used for community meetings. It also involved
affirmation of the importance of learning more than ensuring acquisition of a
language. I did not test my students, nor did they graduate from a level. As
time passes, will they remember any of the vocabulary and phrases that we
covered in our classes? Hard to say. But I think they will remember that
someone – CIS – cared enough to make the time for them.
Two of our English School classes, Intermediate A and B,
combined for an Open Mic Night. The
students prepared speeches, poems, and spoken word incorporating social themes that are important to them. We are so very proud of the students! All of their speeches were
passionate and very moving. Every student worked
hard on preparing their performance... and we know it takes a lot of courage to speak in
front a crowd. We are proud
of all who participated!
Congratulations to Natalie and Jean the teachers who coordinated this event!
Here is some of their work:
by Manuel Torres
Higher education refers to the stage of learning that occurs at universities, academies, colleges, seminaries, and institutes of technology. Higher education also includes certain collegiate-level institutions, such as vocational schools, trade schools, and career
colleges, that award academic degrees or professional
There are three public and twelve private universities in El Salvador. The most important universities are the University of El
Salvador authorized in 1841 and The Central America University (UCA) in San
Salvador. After the war, the participation of women became very significant. In
1993, some 77,369 students were enrolled at universities and other higher-level
institutions; approximately 51 percent of these students were female. Attaining
a university education is still the key to status in Salvadoran society.
throughout life is important. Even our jobs require us to be competitive and
that can be achieved only through constant learning.
the power of transformation. We can be very successful in relations, at home,
with families, at the work place, or in any community. Learning helps us not
only to solve day to day problems but also to change our attitudes.
and a demonstrated ability to learn are the most required criteria for hiring
and employment success. Our jobs require us to learn as educational
expectations continue to rise for both employers and employees. Major benefits
of learning are as follows:
·It enhances personal growth
and opens expanded horizons
·It increases employability
and improves career development prospects
·It provides us with the
ability to create our own future
For these reasons and a lot more I invite
you to get your degree.
I believe in you!!!.
HOMELESS::::::::::: without a place to live.
People sometimes sleep, eat and wash in a homeless shelter.
Good evening everybody, I hope at the end of this speech, you
will be convinced of my dream.
I say you today that there are many difficulties and
inequalities in the world and there aren’t many opportunities to grow in life
My dream is that one day in wherever place, everyone will live
in a house where she or he be safe from whatever dangerous
situation exists, like gangsters, drugs and weapon traffic.
I hope one day the wealthy countries will be able to provide
some of their economic resources for those people.
It would be sad to live in the streets suffering those kinds of
adversities. My dream is in the future all of humanity will live happy, sharing
all the good things like: animals, plants and all kind of food that God created
for all of them.
I don’t think my dream is impossible to become true, we just
need the willingness of the powerful governments in the world to do it.
I am asking to my God don’t permit that I die before my dream
will be true.
Transportation in our country is a real danger. The majority of buses need to
be replaced for new ones. There is always fear that while you are traveling the
bus could break down, because it is so damaged.
sad situation is that when you travel by bus you have a high risk of be robed
and sometimes assaulted because they want your money, cell phone, jewelry or
the other hand, talking about the laws, we know that the law is not strong
enough for the buses drivers, because sometimes they drive drunk or on drugs.
in the future this situation could change. Some people are talking about new
laws for public transportation in which they are going to take out all the
buses that don’t follow the rules.
are going to design new roads for the buses which are longer than the we have
at this moment.
am sure all people are waiting for a good change in the public transportation.
I always thought that we are equal like a human being, when
I was a child my mom thought my brother and I were equal, were accomplice, were
more than men and women we were equal, we made the same things in home, we sweep,
we mop, we cook, we play cars, we hammering
I grow up with that idea, but when I face the true out of
home I realize that wasn’t the true because I think we were equal but not
everyone thinks the same
You don’t see??
difference we have is the gender
The people think that women have to be in home and the men
earning money that woman belong to the kitchen and the men to the soccer field
Don’t they see we are equal? We have the same organs, the
same goals, the same feelings
God make us one for each other as a complement no one can
create life on their own we need each other.
God made us like him with knowledge strength, confidence-women
have strength to children and the men the strength to get the food. Woman the knowledge to make a lot of things
at the same time and men to create things to make the woman life earlier.
Why doesn’t the government see the same that I see? Why in this country in particular women doesn’t
have high positions in enterprises??
Woman are not lower, don’t they realize they come out of ‘a
Why they treat us different?
Probably when they were children they believe there mother were a hero,
but now? They treat us like trash?
We are equal! When everyone realize that we are going to
live in a better place.
Saint Pablo Charity
Apostle Jesus Christ
Carlos Enrique Erazo Rosales
-If I speak with the tongues of men and of angles and I have
-If I delivered my body to the flames
And delivered my possession to the poors
If I haven’t love
-because the love is reprehensible, is derorous
+if I speak with the tongues of men and of angles and I have
not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal
+ An if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries
and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, and if I have not charity, I am nothing.
+And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor,
and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and if I have not charity, it profeteth
+charity is patient, is kind: charity evenith not, dealeth
not perversely, is no puffed up,
Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to
anger thinketh no evil
+Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth
+Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all
Endoreth all things.
-charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be
made void or tongues shall cease or knowledge shall be destroyed.
-For we know in part: and we prophesy in part.
-But when that which is perfect is rome, that which is in
part shall be done away.
+When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a
child, I thought as a child, But, when I became a man , I put away the things
of a child
+We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face
to face. Now I know in part: but then I
shall know even as I am known
+And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three:
but the greatest of these is charity
Last night, English students,
Spanish students, elections volunteers, and volunteer English teachers gathered
for a multicultural experience. Each teacher presented information about their
home country/region- sharing stories, photos, and food. Thanks to everyone for
making it a great evening!