• Celebrating 20 Years of Solidarity

  • Next Election Observation Mission in 2018

  • Community building and construction in Romero Community

  • Violence Prevention through recreation

  • Language School

  • Small Businesses for Women

  • Providing Access to Clean Water

As we close yet another year of hard work, challenges, successes, advances and solidarity, we want to share our year end report with you.

See below the letter from Executive Director Leslie Schuld, and to see the full report which breaks down successes and challenges of each area, you may download it here.

“Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil. The greatest way to do that is through love. I believe firmly that love is a transforming power that can lift a whole community to new horizons of fair play, good-will, and justice.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

”I am not public security; I am a soldier of war. I do not bring piñatas, candy or kisses; I can only offer you bullets.”-Colonel of the Salvadoran Armed Forces.

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San Salvador, December 2016

Dear Friends.

As CIS evaluates the situation in El Salvador and our work for 2016, we are filled with hope at the advances in community organization which are building opportunities to escape poverty, respect for human rights, formation and education at the service of the community and a dignified life. Your support and solidarity work with the CIS is making this possible. We take this opportunity to express our gratitude, share our year-end report and ask you to renew your commitment to CIS solidarity work.


IMG 1066First, we express satisfaction of the great collaborative effort to build 63 dignified homes, sewage system and potable water in the Romero Community, and at the same time form a women’s indigo and organic agriculture project, 

provide scholarships and clean water, and accompany Romero Community and neighboring communities to work for human rights.

CIS efforts with the Romero community have been a concrete example that there is an alternative to violence: treating people with respect and dignity, community organizing, providing opportunities for education and employment – can change a systematic pattern of violence and oppression. We hope others take note and follow this example as some neighboring communities have that are cleaning up graffiti and asking us to work with their young people so they can have a future free of violence. The Human Rights Procurators Office has taken notice also following up on human rights violations carried out by the military which other communities are too afraid to report.
However, CIS is concerned about the human rights violations carried out by the military since the Legislative Assembly unanimously passed emergency measures to combat gangs, allowing security forces to shoot and ask questions later and prohibiting dialogue. While the measures have contributed to lowering delinquency temporarily, they have been used indiscriminately against the poor. Whereas last year our youth were threatened by gangs; this year youth have been beaten up and threatened with death by the military and falsely accused of being gang members. We have similar reports around the country and even in areas where no gangs exist. The young people are caught between a rock and a hard place. 

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Many victims are migrating to the United States seeing no alternative.

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In November, the Canadian organization Rainbowof Hope for Children came with our delegations program to visit their projects, building community and solidarity.  Canadians who would like tax deductable receipts can donate through them.  The newsletter is full of interesting information about their visit and CIS supported programs.  Please take a few minutes to read.  Download it here

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