We are raising funds for relief for Sister Parish communities affected by the coronavirus emergency in Guatemala and El Salvador. Follow our blog to see examples of how Sister Parish communities are using the aid to make a difference in their communities.
Miriam Vásquez spoke with us over Zoom about the pandemic in urban areas in Guatemala and how people are drawing on their faith in a time of hardship. The video with consecutive interpretation is posted. Sign up for our e-news to receive notice about future Zoom conversations with Sister Parish leaders.
We are finding new ways to connect despite social distancing. We have participated in Bible studies, patron saint festivals, and committee meetings. We continue to share our joys and our struggles. Contact staff to set up an activity for your relationship.
The video by Carrie Stengel includes an update on the pandemic in Sister Parish communities in Guatemala and El Salvador as of May 2020. Carrie also updates us on community-based relief efforts to support the people most negatively impacted by the measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
At the end of May, Tropical Storm Amanda caused extensive flooding, landslides, and damage to infrastructure in El Salvador, killing at least 27 people and leaving 10 more people missing. Sister Parish communities in El Salvador organized once again to take care of each other.
Scholarship students in Guatemala are working hard to keep up with school remotely, but lack of access to technology and extra funds needed have created additional barriers. Read more from Brandon, a high school student in TN2, and Tomás, a parent in Chontala.
“One of the things I have been doing over this last month is checking in on my family members, colleagues, and friends more than usual. Life seems so disorienting, unpredictable, and fragile right now, and so somehow these conversations feel grounding. They also express well the sense of solidarity that we are all feeling right now, how small the world is, how interdependent we all are, how universal are our fears, anxieties, questions, hopes, and dreams. In this spirit, one of the relationships I have been checking in on over the last month is with our Sister Parish, Las Margaritas II (LM2) in Guatemala…”
Welcome! We are looking for U.S. churches interested in forming a long-term partnership with Central America. We also organize delegations for the public and coordinate trips for U.S. churches and universities interested in learning more. Sign up for our e-news or contact us for more information.