Blogs from San Salvador, Central, El Salvador, Central America Caribbean - page 11

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Today was our last day on the work site. After several days of digging, it was rewarding to see the house begin to take shape as we laid the first course of bricks. Raphael reminded us of our cultural differences when we told him the story of Jack and the Bean Stock during a beak. When Jack discovered the bean stalk, he said Jack should start picking beans for his family. When we told him about the Goose Who Laid the Golden Egg, he didn’t understand the concept of gold and recommended he give the goose to his mother to eat. We ended on a happy note when a Mariachi band appeared from the house and the community children filled the yard to dance. The children called us individually by name to receive a diploma and ... read more
Ladies of Team El Salvador with Ladies of El Salvador!
Carlitos with his cousins
Raul, our mason, with Transito his assistant


Drömmar är vad som driver oss framåt. Sträva efter våra drömmar och nå dessa är en del av vårat självförverkligande som individer. Barn uppmuntras att drömma om sin framtid och vi vuxna säger till dem att ”The sky is the limit” och att de enda som sätter gränser för dessa drömmarna är de själva: inte staten, ekonomiska- eller sociala förutsättningar. Vi lär oss att drömma som en del av vår miljö och vår uppfostran. I El Salvador är verkligheten en helt annan. Många människor här vet inte hur man drömmer för de har inga som helst möjligheter att kunna sträva mot något som helst mål förutom att skaffa mat för dagen, ta sina barn till en läkare, skaffa pengar till en skoluniform, reparera hålet i taket eller rädda i alla fall en del av skörden från ... read more
Åka på flaket!
Vart tog vägen vägen?
Party, party!


When our pilgrims arrive in 2010, they will be staying in simple but comfortable accommodation. Each bedroom has an ensuite and the gardens are kept beautifully.... read more
Canaries seem to provide some further life in Marist communities in Central America
The Extensive Garden


The Brothers administer two significant schools in San Salvador - Escuela San Alfonso which is located adjacent to the Retreat Centre and Liceo Salvadoreno a large school with 2,200 students which stands adjacent to a large volcano in San Salvador.... read more
Liceo Salvadoreno


We had another amazing day in Balernos, the village where we are building. Today we had extra help from the volunteers from Cristo Rey Lutheran. Blanca, Amelia and Maricella joined us to help prep trenches and rebar and haul concrete blocks to the job site from the road. Part of the team spent the entire day moving the concrete blocks while others tied more rebar and tamped sand into the trenches. It was another day of hard labor, but well worth the effort. Today was a special day for our team because we had a cultural exchange with the families and the neighborhood children. First the children took us on a tour of their village. We saw the creek that runs through and visited two churches. The children were so excited to show us around. They ... read more
The kids LOVE Natalie
Dawn & Krystal dig in
Michael shovels sand for cement

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Seeing the chapel where Mons Romero was shot while celebrating Mass was inspirational. At 6.30 pm on 24th March, 1980, as he prepared the gifts for the Offertory, Archbishop Romero looked to the back of the chapel only to see his assassin pointing his gun at him. His last words were 'This is my gift'. It is little wonder that he became a target in the Central American setting of that time, seeing he was so insistent on justice. At Sunday Mass, for example, he used to name people from across Central America who had 'disappeared'. The government of that time did not want to be shown up!... read more
The front of the Chapel
My Guides
The Tomb of Mons Romero


Ateos is a poorer area, 35km out of San Salvador. Marists are involved in the parish primary school, called San Antonio and the Secondary Technical School called Jesus the Worker Technical Institute. The Brothers came to the area in 1987. They live a little further out at the base of the nearby mountains.... read more
Senior Students at the Technical Institute


It was a privilege to be able to visit the place where six Jesuit priests, a domestic employee and her young daughter were murdered after midnight on 16th November, 1989. It is now clear a commando of Salvadoran soldiers entered the campus of the Central American University and carried out the murders on behalf of the Government.... read more
The Jesuits' Garden
Clothes
A Plaque in the Garden


The Marist Province of Central America is made up of Guatemala, El Salvador, Puerta Rica, Costa Rica and Nicuagua. It has a number of Brothers working in a Ministry Team. The team is based at a Ministry Centre at the Province Centre in Guatemala City. A number of lay men and women are involved in groups led by team members. The Team Members are: Br Edgardo Lopez - Ministry and Youth & Vocations in Guatemala; Br Jose Antonio - Solidarity; Br Nice - Youth and Vocations; Br Balbino - Catechesis; Br Luis Carlos - Education; Br Mynor - Ministry in El Salvador.... read more
The Ministry Centre


The Marist Community at the Escuela San Alfonso (St Alphonsus School) welcomed me warmly when I arrived in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. Brs Roberto and Alex collected me from the airport which is about an hour's drive from the Marist school where I was staying. The Brothers' Community is located on the same site as the School and the Marist Retreat Centre.... read more
The Hermitage Retreat Centre
One of the Retreat Centre Bedrooms
The Evening Meal




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