Explore El Salvador with south bay sanctuary covenant
WHAT IS SOUTH BAY SANCTUARY COVENANT?
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant (SBSC) is an interfaith and non-partisan coalition of churches and individuals in the Bay Area. We are concerned with peace, justice and liberation for the people of Central America and for the refugees who have fled to the United States from these areas. SBSC began in 1992 by assisting Salvadorans who had fled for their lives during and after El Salvador's civil war. Later we expanded our concern to include crucial problems facing El Salvador in the aftermath of the war and in building a budding new democracy. More recently our focus is on endemic violence, struggles between gangs and police/military forces, and corruption that has been the legacy of war. SBSC has had close ties for 28 years to a partner community in El Salvador called Comunidad Octavio Ortiz (COO) which is located in the southeastern region of the country on the banks of the Lempa River. Historically, this is one of the poorest and most neglected regions, and one of the areas hardest hit by El Salvador's civil war, which ended in 1992 after claiming 75,000 lives. We raise funds throughout the year to support sustainable projects that empower the people in COO and in other communities in the region. They, in turn, give us the gift of appreciation and keep us in their thoughts and prayers. We also sponsor a delegation to COO each year where participants get a first-hand experience of life in El Salvador and review projects we support.
Our purpose at SBSC is to provide a supportive community for the Salvadorans who live in the South Bay of northern California, and to be in solidarity with our partner community of Comunidad Octavio Ortiz (COO) located in the Bajo Lempa of El Salvador. A delegation from the SBSC visits COO each year to assess the needs of the community and to plan with them for the future.
* Promoting self-sufficiency and empowerment of our partner community * Opposing legislation which would further marginalize immigrants * Working to halt human rights abuses in Central America and against refugees in the U.S. * Closure of the U.S. Army School of the Americas which teaches combat operations and torture to Latin American military
* Fundraising to provide material aid to our partner community and other projects in El Salvador * Annual delegation to El Salvador * Refugee services – support, protection and advocacy * Support for peace with justice to allev- iate causes that force refugees to flee
Food security through training families to grow food on model garden plots
Healthy Food and Sanitation for Communities
Safe School Transportation
Women's anti-violence project in Morazan
Legal Assistance for DACA Applicants
Partial salary support for "Voices on the Border" http://www.votb.org, a small non-governmental organization in El Salvador through whom we are present all year for communication, planning, and updates about needs and conditions.
For Current News of Activities in El Salvador see http://www.elsalvadorperspectives.com
“If we really want an effective end to violence, we must remove the violence that lies at the root of all violence: structural violence, social injustice, exclusion of citizens from the management of the country, and repression…. We have to repeat continuously, although it is a voice crying in the desert, no to violence, yes to peace.” - Saint Oscar Romero of El Salvador
The lower red dot is the location of Comunidad Octavio Ortiz, and the upper red dot is Morazan where we have been working with empowering youth.
LOOK FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER IN USULUTAN IN THE SOUTH EAST REGION OF THE MAP