Our development team in El Salvador took time to troubleshoot a recent decline in production in the garden on our campus. The process itself revealed a wonderful bond developing in our work together with our Salvadoran cooperatives.
Most often, the yield of your labor doesn't show up right away. But sometimes, even in a brief trip to El Salvador, you see that the Lord has been helping fruit to develop and mature and you just sit back, amazed!
When we saw the scope of the need that existed for rural Salvadoran teachers, and heard them complain of very limited internet access, we responded with Recursos: a quarterly magazine written just for them.
Aaron Montgomery explores the seemingly "little things" we do each day that keep us connected to our efforts in the third world. A behind-the-scenes photostory about how Americans incorporate their awareness of the third world into every day life.
Betsy Johnson reviews our efforts in El Salvador over this past year to work alongside educators who are ready to put in the work to improve and bring a paradigm shift in education in rural El Salvador.
Paper and pencil, slate and chalk, parchment and quill. Tools to write with-- an archetypal part of education over the centuries. It’s so obvious, that their presence seems implied. Yet, for teachers in rural El Salvador, these fundamental tools are a luxury. Read how we are working to reconcile this issue.
Two of our core youth from El Salvador share their excitement for their newest project: beginning a soccer league for children in the rural community where they reside, offering an opportunity for cooperation and peace to develop.
In faith, we believe that Suchitoto will not always be marked by violence and poverty. With the Lord’s help, Suchitoto is already beginning to change. Seeds of hope are being planted into the minds and hearts of young people who are learning that their futures are not predetermined by the place or circumstance of their birth.
The plight of Salvadoran youth is complex, thus any lasting solution to address their needs could never be accomplished through a simple or short term effort. Our organization’s approach has always begun with education. This weekend we will offer a bible seminar for youth, yet another way to connect them to the possibilities that can exist for them, with the Lord's help.
Billy Fly is a long-time friend of G.O.D. He has brought a number of youth to serve with us in Nashville for SLAM weeks, but this past month was his first international trip. The group, 6 adults and 6 youth from First United Methodist of Paragould, Arkansas, joined our ministry efforts in El Salvador.
Our organization's public health team is employing methods of surveillance by networking with local and international physicians and birth workers to ensure we are ahead of disease trends and reduce occurrence of disease among our workers and those we work with.
2nd language acquisition is a daunting task. Unfortunately, for many development workers it is something that is never mastered. It requires long-term commitment, foresight and personal initiative beyond the classroom.
We recently sent a team to El Salvador to offer an educational workshop on foundational topics related to food production to rural youth who work as subsistence farmers with their families. In the workshop, the participants got to both see the techniques demonstrated and practice them for themselves.
Flying to El Salvador from Nashville takes about as long as flying to Los Angeles, and often doesn’t cost much more. With this proximity and ease of travel, our organization sends teams to El Salvador every month.
The farmers in the area where we work in El Salvador produce three crops, and three crops only: corn, beans, and sugar cane. At the same time, nearly 40% of children in the area suffer from chronic malnutrition. So, what are we doing?