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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Compadres Journal Part I

The Compadres Project

The Compadres project represents a two-year effort to develop partnerships between Ontario teachers and teachers in El Salvador. Compadres stands for Collective of Ontario teachers moving for peace, action, development and relationships in El Salvador. The idea of this project is to forge links that can be sustainable and that lead to programs of benefit of all involved.

As the project has developed we have gained a number of important partners. Salvaide is a Canadian NGO that has been instrumental in setting up our links to groups in El Salvador. They play an important role in bringing Canadians and Salvadorans together. Development and Peace is the development arm of the Canadian Catholic Church. Development and Peace has supported partners in El Salvador for over twenty years. On this visit, we talked with many of the partner organizations associated with Development and Peace; all are involved in bringing about social, economic and political change in El Salvador. One of their main partners is CRIPDES, centered in San Salvador. CRIPDES was the host organization for our trips.

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