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Monday, July 4, 2011

Conversations with CRIPDES

Our schedule is a little off, but we managed to get in one meeting today -our introduction to our hosts Rosa and Bernando of CRIPDES.
Our introductory session turned into a two and a half hour conversation that ranged from mining to child soldiers during the war to alternative models of economic development. I am always amazed at the dedication of the Salvadorans who work in organizations like CRIPDES. Both Rosa and Bernando were insurgents during the war - in Bernando's case, he was eight when he got involved.
Both talked passionately about empowering women and youth through community organizing and popular education. While a great deal has been achieved in the 390 communities where CRIPDES is active, Salvadorans face threats from mining, trade policies, water privatization and other schemes.
Miguel, our guide finally had to call this great meeting to a close - both Rosa and Bernando had to leave the city to get back to their communities.
A wonderful encounter, a great way to start.
Tomorrow, more on mining.
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