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    Making change with Catholic Sisters and their communities

    Day 146

    Welcome to El Salvador!

    Today, we’re heading across the ocean from our Youth Center in Za’atari Refugee Camp to another center, a safe space just as full of joy, healing, and friendship. Welcome to El Salvador.

    The Youth Center – run by Catholic Nuns – is in the town of Apopa. It’s an oasis of comfort in an otherwise difficult neighborhood. At the crossroads of three violent and rival gangs, the center is that rare spot where young people and their families can go to simply be themselves.

    One of the programs run by the Sisters is a kindergarten. Every single morning, young ones from town come to learn and socialize. And their mothers can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that even for only a few hours, their kids are safe with the Sisters.

    If they could, the Sisters would have every child in the community at the Youth Center’s kindergarten class. But they simply don’t have enough resources to go around. But one of the things they’re lacking was so simple – more tables and chairs.

    “Our dream is to have enough tables and chairs for every child who wants to come here,” said Sister Conception (or Conchi for short!).

    That was something we could help with.

    We treated Sister Conchi, the teachers who run the classroom, and the kids to brand new tables and chairs!
    Now, Sister Conchi’s dream is one step closer to becoming true.

    “You’re helping to create friendships!” said Conchi. “Thank you!”

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    Changemakers 365

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    The world’s tough problems can seem insurmountable. So at Alight, while we tackle those big problems we also do what’s doable. Right then. And that’s what Changemakers 365 is all about. Learn more!


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