“Mucho gusto” and thank you, January Delegations!

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During this month of January, we were happy to welcome two delegations for a visit to El Salvador and to their sister communities!

Boston College (Boston, MA, U.S.A.)

After a short hike up to the "Puerta del Diablo" on their first day in the country!

The Boston College group after a short hike up to the “Puerta del Diablo” on their first day in the country!

The lively and lovely Boston College group was in El Salvador from January second to the twelfth to visit the community of El Ocotillo in Perquín, Morazán and immerse themselves in the Salvadoran reality. The trip is part of the Arrupe program at Boston College, in which the group prepares intentionally for the trip during the fall semester and spends the spring semester sharing about their experience with the larger Boston College community. We really appreciated the group’s energy, deep questions, and the intentionality with which they entered into living comunally with one another as well as with the Salvadoran people they encountered.

The BC group and their new Salvadoran friends after the soccer game with the youth in El Ocotillo

The BC group and their new Salvadoran friends after the soccer game with the youth in El Ocotillo

Family to Family (Phoenix, AZ, U.S. A.)

Family to family delegates with the youth of the community of La Hacienda

Family to family delegates with the youth of the community of La Hacienda

This was an exciting group! Family to Family is a 501(c) 3 in the United States established by parents of students from Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. Brophy students come to visit their sister communities of La Hacienda and Junquillo in Morazán as soon as school lets out every May, and in the last five or six years, the relationship has grown to include a scholarship program supported by Brophy families to encourage and facilitate formal education for the Salvadoran youth they have come to know. This was the first time Brophy parents, current Family to Family board members and spouses, have come to visit the communities with Brophy teacher and long time El Salvador friend Tim Broyles, and it was such a gift to accompany this encounter.

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