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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Strength in Unity

Joya Grande recibe delegación de Estados Unidos.

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Habitantes de Joya Grande y delegación de Estados Unidos.


El pasado lunes 22 de marzo, la comunidad de Joya Grande del municipio de Santiago Texacuangos del departamento de San Salvador, dio la bienvenida a una delegación de Estados Unidos.

La delegación que esta conformada por 16 jóvenes, viene con el propósito de conocer el sistema de vida de las y los habitantes de la comunidad de Joya Grande. Asimismo, tiene como objetivo intercambiar experiencia y conocimientos. Además, buscan conocer un poco mas de la cultura salvadoreña.

Your browser may not support display of this image. María mercedes Monge, integrante de la ONG ……………………. “Ceiba” dio las palabras de bienvenida “este día es muy espacial, nos sentimos muy

Contentos de tenerles aquí, siéntanse en casa, y compartamos juntos este momento que nos brinda el dios de la vida”

Por su parte, Patricio Márquez, presidente de la junta directiva de joya grande, manifestó que su comunidad se siente orgullosa de recibirles “es primera experiencia que compartimos, nos sentimos optimistas y esperamos que todo nos salga bien, pese a nuestra limitaciones económicas” digo, Márquez.

Finalmente, Mercedes Monge, dio los agradecimientos a los jóvenes por aceptar este reto. Además agradeció el esfuerzo que los jóvenes realizaron tras el paso del huracán ida por territorio salvadoreño, ya que según ella, estos muchachos realizan una operación hormiga , aportaron dinero y esfuerzo para ayudar con víveres a las decenas de familias que resultaron afectadas por las torrenciales lluvias del pasado 7 y 8 de noviembre.


Thanks, Brebeuf Jesuit, for coming to visit Joya Grande and live with families. first reflections on fruits of this experience.....

By Megan Ludwig March 26 2010
Friday, March 26th
I'm going to miss this place. It's impossible to leave your home and not miss it at least a little bit. Joya Grande has become just that- a home. In only a few short days I felt welcomed enough to call the community my home, and that is something extremely special for me. It's like El Salvador is my roots, and something will always be pulling me back there. I think that the reason I loved my experience at Joya Grande so much is the emphasis on the family and the community. Everyone there lived for others first, never themselves. That's part of the reason I felt so welcomed and loved there, and the reason why it has become a home.

During our group reflection we spoke about how some of the people of Joya Grande saw us as beacons of hope when we first stepped off the bus. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once- heartbreaking that a community needed help so much that they relied on a few Gringos to assist them, and heartwarming to be honored in a way that also made us want to grab all the responsibility and put it on our own shoulders. I wanted to take the burden off of the people and carry it for them, but it was also frightening because the fear of not living up to that responsibility loomed in the back of my mind. That idea is going to keep haunting me until I find a way to make their impression of me worthwhile; I will continue working to help them in any way possible, because who would dare let their family down?

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