El Salvador Solidarity Ministry

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Share Foundation COVID 19 Emergency

"People will simply die here, if not from the virus, from hunger." Mercy sister in Honduras

A letter from the SHARE Foundation and an invitation to help SHARE deliver Food Baskets and Seeds of Hope in El Salvador and Honduras.:

Dear Friend of SHARE,

At this time when the world is facing the crisis of Coronavirus, we pray that you and your loved ones are well. We want to express our deepest gratitude to every person that has sent a gift to support people in Honduras and El Salvador. MUCHAS GRACIAS.

As we come to grips with the healthcare and economic crisis here in the U.S., the Coronavirus has just begun to sweep through Central America. Countries are shutting down airports, imposing curfews and lock downs without providing the kind of support communities need. National militaries are in the streets arresting people even if they are looking for food. The implications are catastrophic, magnifying the suffering of the people who are already contending with endemic poverty, inadequate health infrastructures, government corruption and military repression.

Now, in the context of Covid-19, the big threat is hunger.

Our brother, Father Melo writes to Rev. Deborah Lee of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, "We know that the world situation is very difficult, but a pandemic like the one that threatens us, further increases inequalities, and affects the most impoverished and excluded peoples. In addition to the threat of the virus, we are threatened by the militarization of the government and threatened by hunger."

SHARE is seeking to raise $112,450 for the Covid-19 emergency to support communities in El Salvador and Honduras. Through our long-term partners we will deliver Food Baskets including beans, corn, rice, oil, sugar and sardines, as well as a package of Seeds of Hope: corn, beans and squash seeds - the three indigenous sacred sisters - in vegetable gardens to be planted during the rainy season from June to November.

We turn to you for your critical support to provide this lifeline to our sisters and brothers. Tax-deductible donations of any amount will help offset the crushing blow of lost work, healthcare costs, and hunger alleviation. You can make your donation online: Donate Here  or send your check to the SHARE Foundation/Covid-19 Emergency, 2425 College Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704.

United against Covid-19, may we join as a beloved community in solidarity.

Jose Artiga
Excecutive Director

Download a copy of the letter here. 

The Seeds of Hope program is funded by the Seton Cookie Walk.


El Salvador Delegation Canceled!

We should be in San Salvador now! We should be honoring St. Oscar Romero in the Cathedral with our guests from Rutilio Grande.  We should be unpacking the books and bibles we carried! The list of “should be” goes on and on! Sadly, it was not in God’s plan!

The April 15, 2020 eight person delegation to El Salvador was canceled. The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, barred all incoming international flights thus taking away our dilemma of “should we go during the pandemic or should we cancel”.

Instead of preparing for our arrival, our friends in Rutilio Grande are busy organizing delivery of the monthly food baskets (Seton sponsored program) to the homebound Seniors. Promoting social distancing, practicing good hygiene (at least they have water) and disinfecting the Community is a priority.

For now, the children’s bibles and bible story books are on hold. Our wonderful benefactor, Nancy Daniels, offered to order books on Amazon for the delegation to carry to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rutilio Grande. Nancy researched and ordered sample books for our consideration. The books, along with a book shelf purchased in San Salvador, was to be a resource library for the catechist’s in Rutilio Grande. For now, the order is on hold.

There will be no faith sharing or Mass celebration. We have to be satisfied watching the live stream of Fr. Juan Carlos celebrating Mass at St. Joseph’s in El Paisnal at Parroquia San Jose, El Paisnal on Facebook.  Click here for the link) Check out the site and pay close attention to the floor in front of the altar. Padre Rutilio Grande (soon to become a saint) and the two others who were murdered with him, are laid to rest in the floor of St. Joseph’s).

Like us, El Salvador is in lockdown, but their quarantine is different compared to us. We can watch TV, most homes in Rutilio Grande do not have a TV. For most Seniors the books in their home sit unopened because they can’t read.

So just try to imagine for a moment, you are a senior in El Salvador... There’s no supplies to knit, sew or make crafts to sell. Since you don’t own a cellphone and visiting is out of the question, you shout out to your neighbor through the window for a little bit of news. You ration your food so it lasts until next month’s basket of food staples arrive. You anxiously wait for the Directivas to come with updates on the latest measures taken by the Government to suppress the spread of the virus. You’re alone, lonely and frightened.

There are many who are affected by this pandemic.  We aren’t able to be there physically for them, but we can be there spiritually.  Our Seton El Salvador Ministry invites you to pray the following prayer with us to unite all in solidarity, healing, and peace.  May there be a quick, but safe end to this pandemic as soon as possible.

A Prayer for the Healing of our World

"For I the Lord am your healer." Exodus 15:26

Father,

The state of our world through this pandemic crisis is causing many to turn to You.  Many are frightened and anxious.  Many do not have the resources to aid in the suppression of this disease.  We remember in a special way, our brothers and sisters in El Salvador.  We pray for their health and safety - along with all who are on the front lines of this invisible intruder.

Bless and heal the world, Father. Come, Lord Jesus. May Your love comfort every soul as only You can. Bring hope to the hopeless and unity where there is crisis.

Motivate us by love to work together for this healing.  Embolden us all to answer Your call.  You remain the same loving, defending, and protecting Father.  As people of faith, we know that You are reaching down to restore us to the light of Your presence through Jesus.  Open our hearts to accept your love and to share that love with one another.

Amen.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our El Salvador sister parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe in the village of Rutilio Grande, fosters our friendship with the people of Rutilio Grande as well as surrounding villages in El Salvador as we continue to build a long- term relationship through our founded principles of faith. The bond of personal experience is further strengthened as we walk together in solidarity. Parishioners can get involved in fundraising, advocacy, communication, teen connections, children’s ministry, women’s empowerment, health initiative, and home gardens, as well as becoming a delegate during a scheduled trip to El Salvador.

Date: First Tuesday of each month (July/August the Ministry takes a break)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Reflection RoomContact: Jackie Konkol, 414-543-5477, or send us a message

Parishioners: Meetings are more frequent the year we send a delegation to El Salvador. We need Spanish speaking translators, letters of encouragement, updating information and communication to the parish, people to investigate and communicate social justice issues of El Salvador or become an email/ Facebook pen pal to a resident of Rutilio Grande. You don’t have to travel to El Salvador to join the Ministry, however, once you get to know the people, you will want to join us on our next delegation!

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