Voices on the Border (Voices) is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting just and sustainable development in the Lower Lempa region of Usulután and Comunidad Segundo Montes in Morazán, El Salvador. We at Voices have accompanied our Salvadoran partners for over 23 years, beginning our relationship in the refugee camps in Colomoncagua, Honduras during El Salvador’s brutal civil war. When the refugees repatriated in the early 1990s, we accompanied then back across the border, where they settled in Comunidad Segundo Montes. As other refugees returned from camps in Nicaragua and Panama, our local partners asked that we help them resettle in the Lower Lempa region of Usulután.
Voices has a unique approach to development. We focus more on facilitating relationships and increasing organizational capacity than simply providing funds for projects or giving directions. We strongly believe that this is the best way to promote long term, sustainable community development.
Although Voices is a small organization, we are a growing community of international advocates. We are grantmakers, delegates, civil society champions, grass roots organizers, development project facilitators, organizational capacity builders, a network of involved U.S. and Salvadoran partners, proponents for social, economic, and political justice, and a body of informed and concerned U.S. citizens.
Our blog is a voice from El Salvador, providing first hand information and textured analysis of the country’s social and political climate. We cover key news developments for topics such as: women’s issues and security, environmental degradation or conservation, economic policy, politics, organized crime, and Salvadoran-U.S. relations, among others.