Sister Cities in the News

This is the time to recognize that although El Salvador is a small country in the map, the faith and suffering have  taught people to defend their territory and stand up for their rights. So, it is clear that the size of the country does not make the organization weakened.

It was in the early 2000´s when mining companies started to see El Salvador as one more of their businesses by exploring and exploiting specific places rich in metals in different parts of the country. After people and movements started to learn more of what was all about, they decided to form the so called National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in 2005. As part of the strategic plan of defending the sovereignty is when CRIPDES is recognized as an active member of “La Mesa”.

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As part of the International Sistering Exchange, there will be three simultaneous delegations in El Salvador from July 17-22 leading up to the international gathering. The delegations will provide an opportunity for those interested in  international solidarity to meet several sistered communities in El Salvador as well as folks from different organizations. These delegations will also provide a general introduction to sistering, solidarity, and CRIPDES for people who are newer. While we know some may prefer to visit “their” sistered community when they come to El Salvador, the purpose of this delegation is to engage participants in the bigger picture of the work of the hundreds of CRIPDES communities throughout the country.


___ Water is Worth More than Gold in Chalatenango

Visit communities that have been at the forefront El Salvador´s popular resistance to mining. You will hike to the “Virgin of the Resistance” in San Jose Las Flores, stay with families that voted in their municipal referendum against mining, and take a dip in the rivers that are threatened by corporate greed for gold. You will also discover how the preservation of historic memory is a part of protecting future generations against the threats of damaging trade policies and irresponsible corporations.


___ Climate Change & Food Sovereignty on the Coast

Climate change is a fact of life for all Salvadorans, and especially for the farmers who make up 21% of the country’s labor force. Increasing natural disasters and unpredictable weather patterns coupled with damaging agricultural practices imposed by transnational corporations make El Salvador one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Meet with the farmers in the Bajo Lempa and La Libertad whose lives are being threatened by toxic agrochemicals used to grow sugar cane and other cash crops, and learn about the alternatives that are already being put in practice to prepare for climate change and challenge the destructive practices of global mega-capitalists like Monsanto.


___ Youth Initiative in the Suchitlan Area

Get inspired by the twenty-somethings of organized communities in Suchitoto and Cinquera who have their own ideas about confronting structural violence and sustainable development in their communities and country. Youth are the most vulnerable population to the delinquency that has become increasingly dangerous throughout El Salvador over the past 10 years, but they are also the ones who offer real solutions. See how scholarship programs, ecology projects, clown groups, and more can be part of the change!


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July 17-25 in El Salvador


In 2016, US-El Salvador Sister Cities, SHARE, and Salvaide celebrate over 30 years of international solidarity with CRIPDES and the Salvadoran social movement. As we look back and celebrate the advances and challenges, we also look forward to new strategies and new generations of leadership.

Armed with shovels and hammers, bandanas and water bottles, we trudge to the work site in a small village called Las Anonas in central El Salvador. We are eager to show our willingness to work and help build latrines.  The honest truth is that I know absolutely nothing about latrines. I have never done manual labor, I hardly speak any Spanish, and I am already hot and sweaty in the early morning sun. Read more...

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