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Washington University in St. Louis came to El Salvador at the beginning of this year and spent time with FUNDAHMER from January 3-9. The students spent time in the community of El Limón, visited many important historical and cultural sites in San Salvador, and got to Perquín and El Mozote, all in seven short days! It was the first time Wash U has come to El Salvador, through the school’s Catholic student center, and we were delighted to accompany the group during their immersion.
Below is a video that the group made with some pictures from their time here. Thank you all so much for your accompaniment and solidarity, and we hope to see Wash U back in El Salvador soon!
Boston College arrived to El Salvador on January 6th, after a delay due to some good ´ole New England snow. Despite having fewer days than initially planned, the group was able to squeeze in a number of activities, including an overnight with their sister community El Ocotillo in Morazan. We had a blast playing soccer with the youth from the community, and were touched by the story of Claudia Perez, one of the community leaders.
Upon our return to San Salvador, we spent time at the UCA, The University of Central America, learning about the 6 Jesuit priests that were killed alongside 2 women living nearby. We visited the crypt where Monseñor Romero is buried, the chapel where he was assassinated, and we shared time with various speakers, learning about the reality of the country. The picture above was taken after a morning with Lolo and Oti, an Aunt-Nephew duo who lead meditations, share their stories from the war, and coordinate the sale of artisan crafts for their respective cooperatives. Oti´s meditation was a great way to unwind from a full week of new experiences.
Thanks BC for a great week! We´re looking forward to next year!
Archbishop Hoban High School, in Akron, Ohio, came to El Salvador for the first time from February 17-22. We started the week off with 2 days and nights in Guachipilin, a community in Morazan. We played soccer with the youth, toured the community, learned about the history of the community, and shared in the celebration of the word. Overcoming the language barrier, the students from Hoban actively engaged and played with the children in the community, relying on nothing more than the language of laughter.
The rest of the week was filled with several trips to historic sites such as El Mozote and the Monument to the Victims of the war. We learned about the 6 Jesuit priests that were murdered at the UCA, and the 4 North American churchwomen who were killed in San Pedro Nonualco, La Paz. Although a heavy week, the group maintained high energy levels, and we had a chance to unwind with a few hours at the beach.
We enjoyed our time with you, Hoban! We hope to see you again in 2015!