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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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.”

Versión Español

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.

Posicionamiento del MOVIAC_2017_GranMarcha.jpg~Haga clic derecho para descargar~

Advocacy, Agua/Aqua, Food Security, Water/Agua

The Human Right to Water in El Salvador (excerpt)

Versión Español

In El Salvador, environmental activists, natural resource protectors and lawmakers are still celebrating the historical victory of the Anti-Mining law which bans “prospection, exploration, exploitation, extraction or processing of metallic minerals in El Salvador.”1

Parallel to this victory, a new old fight continues.

El Salvador has, in fact, enough water for its people, however a water crisis is rising from unethical and incompetent management of resources. This is evident in the distribution when we see exclusive residential areas, resorts, mono-cropping farms receive water while mountain towns situated along flowing clean rivers do not.2

Though the organized fight for the right to water began over a decade ago, civil society with the support of international solidarity and major religions have come together to intensify the demand to pass the bill, originally drafted in 2005, which has been since updated and since challenged by right-wing parties and the private business sector.

These affected communities themselves are developing their own water committees and receiving specialized training in the collection, storage and distribution of their own communal and household systems. As a proud member of MOVIAC, the Movement of Victims Affected by Climate Change and Corporations, we support strengthening these leaders capacities and promote healthy, just and sustainable social changes.

Voices have been tasked to investigate an important topic facing the communities we serve and we have chosen the life and death subject on the right to water in order to spread awareness and forge solidarity. This report is close to completion however we are releasing this excerpt due to the current climate of popular movements and political decisions.

The Human Right to Water in El Salvador   (excerpt) :
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El Derecho Humano al Agua en El Salvador   (extracto)

En El Salvador, activistas ambientales, protectores del agua y legisladores siguen celebrando el histórico triunfo de la ley antiminas que prohíbe “la prospección, exploración, explotación, extracción o procesamiento de minerales metálicos en El Salvador.”1

Paralelamente a esta victoria, una nueva / antigua pelea continúa.

El Salvador tiene, de hecho, suficiente agua para su gente, sin embargo una crisis del agua está levantando de la administración antiética e incompetente de recursos. Esto es evidente en la distribución cuando vemos zonas residenciales exclusivas, complejos, granjas monoculturales reciben agua mientras que los pueblos de montaña situados a lo largo de ríos que fluyen limpios no lo hacen.2

Aunque la lucha organizada por el derecho al agua comenzó hace más de una década, la sociedad civil con el apoyo de la solidaridad internacional y de las principales religiones se han unido para intensificar la demanda de aprobar el proyecto, redactado originalmente en 2005, desafiado por los partidos de derecha y el sector empresarial privado desde el inicio.

Estas mismas comunidades afectadas están desarrollando sus propios comités de agua y recibiendo capacitación especializada en la recolección, almacenamiento y distribución de sus propios sistemas comunitarios y domésticos. Como miembro orgulloso de MOVIAC, el Movimiento de las Víctimas Afectadas por el Cambio Climático y las Corporaciones, nosotros como Voces apoyamos el fortalecimiento de estas capacidades de líderes y promover cambios sociales saludables, justos y sostenibles.

Voces ha sido encargado de investigar un tema importante que enfrentan las comunidades a las que servimos y hemos elegido el tema del agua porque es un asunto de vida y muerte también para difundir la conciencia y forjar la solidaridad. Este informe está a punto de finalizar, sin embargo estamos publicando este fragmento debido al clima actual de movimientos populares y decisiones políticas.

El Derecho Humano al Agua en El Salvador   (extracto):
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