We recently received the following letter from the Center for Exchange and Solidarity (CIS), which is the organization we have partnered with to support high school and college students in El Salvador –
Dear Holy Spirit Catholic Church:
Thank you for your gift of $5,853.42 for Paso Puente Scholarships and scholarships for the Distrito Italia Community, which we received on December 2, 2019.
Your support enables our solidarity work in El Salvador, including:
- Fostering a network of grassroots organizations working for democratic participation and economic justice.
- Building the CIS School for Solidarity and Social Transformation, which is empowering communities to build coordinated strategies for survival and success.
- Nearly 20 years of the CIS international election observer missions, which have resulted in election reforms that are creating transparency and fairness for Salvadoran voters.
- Promoting Salvadoran artisan cooperatives and enterprises for women, ensuring economic survival through solidarity and fair trade instead of “free” trade.
- Teaching Spanish and English in the context of the Salvadoran reality.
- Walking in solidarity with communities as they seek autonomy and economic justice by providing scholarships and formation for youth and women with scarce economic resources, building schools, obtaining land and securing clean water.
- Thank you for your support.
Los Oivos CIS
This past week, Father Mike, Deacon Rich, Pat Lucido, and Mike Mathews have been in El Salvador, meeting with the students we are sponsoring and getting to know the people in this impoverished country. Since our initial contribution, we have been able to send an additional $3,500 to CIS. These two donations are supporting the education of 10 high school students, 6 college students, and one special needs child. Although half-way to our goal, our contributions are affecting not only these students, but their families, and their communities.
Jesus calls us to walk with, to journey with all God’s children. “For I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” May this ministry and our relationship with the people of Distrito Italia and Paso Puente enrich not only their lives, but our lives, as well.
Deacon Rich Akins