SalvAide's Twin Community Program links rural communities in El Salvador with a diversity of organizations in Canadian communities. This initiative helps us foster lasting people-to-people ties between Canadian and Salvadorans.
Religious groups, municipalities, civic organizations, and trade unions are all part of the Twin Community Program and give each relationship its own distinctive character and perspective. These groups, though different in their approach and mandate, work independently towards a common goal: to foster solidarity between the people of El Salvador and Canada while promoting international understanding of social and economic justice.
Currently 14 communities in Canada are twinned with rural communities in El Salvador:
- Loretto Sisters (Canada-U.S.) with La Bermuda, Cuscatlán
- Windsor Twin City Project with Las Vueltas, Chalatenango
- St. Anne's Parish, Windsor with Immaculate Conception, Las Vueltas, Chalatenango
- Windsor District Labour Council with Cooperative of Las Vueltas
- Sisters of St. Joseph of London with Church of Las Vueltas, Chalatenango
- Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton with Valle de Jesús, Chalatenango
- School Sisters of Notre Dame with El Barillo, Cuscatlán
- Holy Name of Jesus Parish of Essex with Copapayo, Cuscatlán
- Sisters of Service of Toronto with Pepeistenango, Cuscatlán
- St. Peter's Cathedral, London with Ita Maura, La Libertad
- Kenora Sanctuary Committee with Agua Caliente, Cuscatlán
- King's College Chapel Community with San Antonio Los Ranchos, Chalatenango
If you are interested in developing a Twin Community relationship with El Salvador, please contact us.
SalvAide’s Delegations are an important part of our mission and provide the opportunity for volunteers to partake in a meaningful exchange and learning experience with communities in El Salvador. While in El Salvador delegates have an opportunity, among many other things, to:
- Observe CORDES development projects, such as a cooperative bakery, organic fair trade cashew plant, and family farm plan;
- Where appropriate, prepare and facilitate community workshops on various topics;
- Where appropriate, live with Salvadoran families;
- Visit CRIPDES development projects, such as a women's microcredit program, a sewing and embroidery cooperative, and a gender equity training workshop;
- Visit handicraft workshops and get to know members of the craft persons' cooperatives;
- Gain knowledge and experience in development project planning and execution;
- Attend politically and culturally significant museums and events, and learn about the history and current events in El Salvador through engaging guest speakers.
Through decades of poor public policy and a lack of concern by central governments for the needs of socially excluded communities, many Salvadorans face the yearly dangers brought on by heavy rains, storms, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Given this, SalvAide works to coordinate emergency and disaster relief efforts with its Salvadoran partners when such crises arise. But, we also work with our partners on risk reduction and diaster mitigation efforts that build on healthy public policy.
We know that much of the human devastation from diasters is preventable through organized community-level measures in coordination with effective state institutions. This is why we support our partners' advocacy efforts to establish a national emergency response and disaster mitigation plan.
- SALVAIDE Launches $100,000 Campaign For Flood Victims In El Salvador (click for more information)