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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Compadres Journal Part VIII

It is interesting to note the reaction of our delegation members to their meetings with teachers and civil society organizations. There was an increasing awareness of what people are working for in El Salvador. They also gained a good understanding of the country’s recent, violence history. We visited sites where Jesuit priests were killed in 1989. We went to mass in the basement of the cathedral next to the tomb of Oscar Romero. We visited the chapel where Romero was killed. We heard many stories about the savagery of the war and its lasting impact.

My sense from the teachers is that El Salvador is a country where we can contribute a great deal. We have a sense of the spirit of the people and the incredible difficulties they have endured. I think this is a place where we can contribute and we can learn.

We have great wealth, and with wealth comes responsibility. We need to share what we have with those who want a better society. We have all the tools and we are very good at what we do. If we turn our focus to El Salvador, what can we accomplish?

Post script: We expect to hear soon what next year's project will look like. It will be more focused than the last two years and will be designed to allow Canadian teachers to interact in a meaningful way with educators in El Salvador.

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