Voices Developments, Water/Agua

Ending a Year of Celebration and Reflection

This November, VOICES hosted two back-to-back delegations, celebrated the founding anniversaries of Ciudad Segundo Montes in Morazán and community Padre Octavio Ortiz in the Bajo Lempa, and brought to a close several workshop courses with women, youth and veterans throughout the country.

As this year comes to a close, we want to share with you the work we’ve done, the relationships we continue to build and our hopes for the future. 

Education
Supporting formal education continues to be our priority and at the forefront of our activities and projects. This year we provided safe school transport for an elementary school and it’s surrounding communities, alimentation and supplies for an early childhood education center, paid teacher’s salaries, sustained a special needs classroom and supported the advocacy work of educators, students and their families.


Environment
VOICES continues to play an active role in social-environment movements that affect our parter communities. As a member of the Movement of Victims Affected by Climate Change and Corporations (MOVIAC) we advocate for environmentally conscious legislation and civic participation. In March, El Salvador historically voted to ban mental mining; making it the first Latin American country to do so. Voices has also published many writings on subjects like that of the human Right to Water in El Salvador.


Morazán Women
Despite having it’s home taken away from them in Osicala earlier this year, the Citizen Network of Morazán Women continues to tirelessly fight for the rights, wellbeing and safety of rural women in northern Morazán. This year, VOICES was asked a second time to facilitate a series of workshops which also included a special trip to the MUPI in San Salvador. On International Women’s day, we marched with them  through the streets of Guatajiagua.

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Youth Leadership Development
Community Octavio Ortiz asked VOICES to facilitate a workshop series that would bring together the various youth groups in the community. This initiative was supervised by the youth committee of the community’s board of directors. The program, which was sponsored by South Bay Sanctuary Covenant (SBSC), included workshops, a cultural visit and financial support for their folklore and modern dance groups. Also, this year we partnered SBSC with the Youth Association of the Development of Morazán (AJUDEM), providing them with financial support for their youth led violence prevention program.


Delegations
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant had two delegations this year. First in March, during the commemoration events of the martyrdom of Archbishop Romero and again in November to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their long-time parter community Padre Octavio Ortiz. In June, our staff joined our board of Directors for the annual meeting which was held on a beautiful lake in Maryland. In early November, several board members came to El Salvador and accompanied the base church community (CEB) of Ciudad Segundo Montes on their annual trip to Colomoncagua, Honduras.

Click to read our 2017 Impact Report.

We wish our Salvadoran Partners, our US Solidarity Groups and donors worldwide a safe and wonderful holiday season.

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Happy Indigenous People’s Day

Every October 9th, the United States of America honors Christopher Columbus, the Italian colonizer and slave trader, who began his conquests of land, people and cultures in 1942, with a federal holiday. This happens, annually, even though Columbus never set foot on the North American continent.

Of course, Indigenous People’s Day is also celebrated on the second Monday of October. A recent TIME article names the 55 US cities who are officially recognizing the first inhabitants of North America today. If you’re unable to celebrate you can always donate to say… Stand With Standing Rock!

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San Salvador Office Robbed (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Due to an overwhelming outpour of support we have raised enough to replace the work computer. To all those who donated and/or shared: MUCHAS GRACIAS.

We have raised enoughWe are sad to report the theft of our Voices work laptop from the office we share in El Salvador with the SHARE Foundation. On September 21st, a thief gained access to the office and stole our Executive Director’s laptop as well as two cameras from SHARE employees.

We have set up an online fundraiser to replace our computer ASAP so that we can get back to work. SEE LINK.

Updated security measures have been taken, i.e. installing cameras, changing locks and changing all our account passwords and asking our Salvadoran partners to do the same. Theft is not uncommon in El Salvador; still we are not naive to the fact that this could have been a targeted attack to intimidate us because of the work we do or a deliberate attempt to obtain our information.

We will keep you informed of any updates and ask our supporters to help us fund the cost of a new laptop for Jose, and/or share the information if possible.

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MOVIAC Proposes to Create a Vice Ministry of Water

August 29, 2017

The Movement of Victims Affected by Climate Change and Corporations (MOVIAC) was present yesterday at the Legislative Assembly to submit an application to expedite the passage of the water law.

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The letter proposes the creation of a national entity run by civil society organizations,  the academic and private business sectors and state actors that work together to ensure the right to water is constitutional and upheld.

Below you can read the letter presented to the Legislative Assembly.

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Honoring our Youth Groups

Youth around the world were celebrated this month as the United Nations commemorated their second annual International Youth Day.

We’ve been blown away by the youth groups we support in El Salvador and praise the extensive peace-work they’ve done and continue do with their peers, parents, politicians, professors and elders.

We laud the efforts of OSMIJ, OSCA, AJUDEM, and the young leaders of communities Octavio Ortiz, Amando Lopez and Nueva Esperanza as well as the graduating class of Community La Tirana. We continue to be inspired by your commitment to creating a nonviolent world.

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Climate Change, El Salvador Government, Environment, Water/Agua

The March for Water / La Marcha por el Agua

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“Great March for the Defense of Water. To denounce the threat of water privatization by national and transnational businesses.”

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Tomorrow on July 24th, 2017, myriads of people from communities throughout the country will gather in San Salvador to denounce the right-wing private business association law that would see them having control over water in El Salvador.

This action is just one amidst an ocean of resistance happening in big cities and small towns across the country to fight to protect natural resources and human life.

The Movement of Victims Affected by Climate Change and Corporations (MOVIAC) will hand out the following flyers to all who attend. (Haga clic derecho para descargar).

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La Marcha por el Agua

Mañana, el 24 de julio de 2017, cientos de personas de comunidades de todo el país se reunirán en San Salvador para denunciar la ley del aqua presentada por la derecha y la asociación de negocios privados que les permitiría tener control sobre el agua en El Salvador.

Esta acción es sólo una en medio de un mar de resistencia que ha estado ocurriendo en las grandes ciudades y pequeños pueblos de todo el país para luchar por proteger los recursos naturales y la vida humana.

El Movimiento de las Víctimas Afectadas por el Cambio Climático y las Corporaciones (MOVIAC) entregará los siguientes folletos a todos los que asistan.

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