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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Meeting with a community partner

Last night, I met with members of Ascorcan - a local group of Salvadorans very involved in the Canadian Salvadoran community.Laura Avalos is the coordinator for the group. I have been to several events organized by the group including a screening of Jamie Moffett's film Return To El Salvador. Last night, we had an amazing meeting where two of Ascorcan's members shared their vast experience on organizing delegations. Their advice was invaluable and I really look forward to working more closely with the group in the future.

Here are some of their ideas

- consider staying in one community (San Jose Las Flores for us) for as long as ten days - people need to get to know the group and this takes time.

- you are building a long-term relationship - take your time, it will be worth it!

- consider home stays - this is a wonderful way to learn more Spanish and to really get to know the people.

- look for ways to integrate participants into the popular education system that already exists. Our local partner - CDC is considered by Ascorcan to be terrific in facilitating this type of work.

All to say - a terrific meeting and great new resources for Compadres!

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