El Salvador

El Salvador. AVP Basic Workshop done in San Carlos, which is neighborhood near the city of Zacatecoluca, about an hour from the capital, San Salvador. The workshop was done with the members and youth who attend activities and services at the Quaker Church, which is sponsored by the Quaker church in Soyapango. Workshop was done Jane 11, 2014.

AVP Basic Workshop done in San Carlos

AVP El Salvador, in its tenth year, runs workshops in 12 municipalities with over 17 organizations and churches. Facilitators focus work with at-risk youth in gang-dominated communities, war survivors, and people living with disabilities.

Since 2013, Salvadoran facilitators have worked with Co-Madres, an organization of over 400 mothers and relatives of the disappeared and assassinated. Co-Madres has maintained a consistent voice of nonviolent resistance and truth seeking in El Salvador since 1980. Most Co-Madres members are part of a larger population that lacks access to basic health, education and other human rights.

One participant said, “The first workshop gave us models for our transformation and the second has deepened our work with others and has given us confidence.” The women reported that they now have the confidence to participate in community meetings, not ceding all the decisions to others.

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