SBSC has a partner community in El Salvador called Comunidad Octavio Ortiz (COO) in the south eastern region of the country. 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've been partners with COO since the end of the Salvadoran civil war. We share deep affections and trust with one another.
We partner with Interfaith Ministry for Human Integrity in California, because they reach out to immigrants and asylum seekers who are snatched by ICE, imprisoned, separated from their family and deported. This Interfaith Ministry accompanies these detainees to court and aids their shocked families. They teach how to support the fearful and traumatized loved ones.
We also partner with VOICES ON THE BORDER (VOTB), a non-government equipping and accompanying organization in El Salvador http://www.votb.org. They help us to oversee the expenditure of funds that are raised in the US. They help to identify the needs of the people in our partner community of Comunidad Octavio Ortiz (COO) and coordinate the efforts of the local people to set and achieve their goals.