Compadres Orientation


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This is an orientation slide show for the COMPADRES program. Our next trip is in July 2010

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  • These are the six partners of Development and Peace in El Salvador who receive funding from D&P as well as other NGOs (Non-Government Organizations). We met with the six organizations – we were most impressed by their intelligence and skills
  • CRIPDES (Associaci ό n de communidades rurales para el desarrollo de El Salvador) began in 1984 as an organization to support the people of El Salvador during the war. The civil war began in 1979 and ended in 1992 Originally, they worked with displaced people They work in 300 communities to support them in the establishment of basic services, such as: health care clean drinkable water basic education electricity
  • CRIPDES took different names in different municipalities. In Suchitoto, it is called Progresso
  • About 3 years into the civil war, three members of three Christian parishes began EQUIPO MAIZ to support, promote and strengthen civil society groups They wanted to generate critical thinking in people of the urban area and then spread this to secular groups
  • EQUIPO MAIZ has developed five different programs in the areas of: Gender sensitivity Illiteracy Historical memory
  • Concertaci ό n de Mujeres was conceived in 1995, on a suggestion from Development and Peace, to have a forum to build consensus to deal with women’s issues
  • Women from across El Salvador, representing five organizations, meet monthly at a consensus table to review each organization’s progress
  • Centro para la Defensa del Consumidor, or CDC, is a consumer protection association started in 1991 as a coordination of groups concerned with the high cost of living. They decided to focus on the very low income population that had no access to services and organize them as a movement of defense of consumers CDC obtained legal status in 1995
  • CDC’s strength is in its solid network of grassroots organizations and alliances with national and international organizations.
  • ANDA is a private company which manages the water services. After a major hurricane, people kept receiving invoices for water, even though there was little or no service in the rural areas. CDC organized meetings in rural areas and asked each household to bring their water bills with them. After an extensive investigation, CDC determined that over $20 million was overcharged to consumers. This is a newspaper headline of the investigation.
  • FUNPROCOOP is a grassroots organization that works with approximately 60 communities in El Salvador It began as an initiative of the Catholic Church in 1955 and gained legal decree in 1968
  • What they do: Provide training in organic farming techniques Provide training in environmental education and protection Teach to protect native seeds Empower local farm markets so that people consume and produce better in local areas Foster micro-regional development
  • Teach the use of organic fertilizers and pesticides Public policy development, i.e. effects of the dams being built and the free trade agreement
  • They have a school to train groups of up to 50 participants who then return to train the people in their own communities. 5 workshops are given yearly.
  • FUNPROCOOP brought us to this cooperative indigenous community, comprised of 24 members (families) on 52 acres of land One day per week is a collective work day where everyone gathers at the community center to do different chores. Here we are having lunch with some members of the community.
  • Unidad Ecologica Salvadoreña, or UNES, is a national organization founded in 1987 during the civil war, when environmental conditions were endangering the life and health of the people It’s a union of some 30 ecological organizations (engineers, technologists, nutritionists, biologists, agronomists) that work to: provide sustainable ecological management to defend the environment, and improve the quality of life of people
  • UNES brought us to this very remote rural community, Palomera Here we are welcomed for lunch with numerous fruits and vegetables recently harvested
  • This is the cocoa plant used to make chocolate
  • Energy efficient stoves designed by UNES and funded by D&P This lady led a delegation to municipal council to overturn a decision to take away their local soccer field
  • After the heavy rain, UNES brought us to Azacualpa where we met the president of a community of 100 families. This lady showed us a diploma she received for environmental training for women: 30-40 women per year receive training one day a week for one year The diploma indicated Development and Peace among the funding partners for this training This community has a water committee (VIDA) to ensure their water rights continue and the pricing is reasonable The women also organized a sit-in to get rid of a pig farm near the water source
  • Building a partnership with a school in El Salvador … Although a slow process, here is a brief synopsis of how we are building a relationship with the school in San Jose Las Flores: Have established communication with the principal, Nelson and we are in regular contact with him. Have created a “Principles of School Partnership” document which is being reviewed by both communities to ensure that we have a common vision for how we see our partnership developing. Once we are in agreement, this document will be signed by both parties. We are both attempting to build awareness in our respective communities about our partner school and community. We are hoping to establish a pen pal program this fall, with students from our school writing students in San Jose Las Flores (and vice versa)
  • We are hoping to establish a pen pal program this fall, with students from our school writing students in San Jose Las Flores (and vice versa) We also hope that this year we can create a joint school calendar that has important dates for both our schools. Important partner school dates / events will be announced to the student / school community. We are also hoping to create bulletin boards at both our schools dedicated to information and news from our respective partner school. We are in the midst of planning a student trip to El Salvador for the 30th anniversary of Romero’s assassination. We will be including a visit to the community of San Jose Las Flores. We will also be doing fundraising in our school to promote awareness of our new partnership with Escuela San Jose Las Flores, and the greater community. This is to help support sustainable projects in the school. We have also discussed that at some point in the future we could have student / teacher exchanges with our partner school.
  • Compadres Orientation

    1. 2. MISSION
    2. 3. DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE’s mission DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE, a democratic movement for international solidarity, supports partners in the Global South in the pursuit of alternatives to unjust social, political and economic structures. It educates the Canadian population about the causes of the impoverishment of peoples and mobilizes actions for change. In the struggle for human dignity, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE associates with social change groups in the North and in the South. It supports women in their search for social and economic alternatives. DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE, the official development organization of the Canadian Catholic Church, is inspired by the values of the Gospel, particularly “ the preferential option for the poor ”. - Adopted September 10, 1995
    3. 4. Committed to Change 2003
    5. 7. 2003-2004 Development Programs by continent Continent # $ % Latin America 175 5,354,900 40% Africa 71 5,786,008 43% Asia 34 1,927,948 14% International 14 409,418 3% Total 294 13,478,274 100% * Excludes emergency relief . Source: 2003-2004 Annual Report 3 % 14 % 40 % 43 % 14 % 3 % Latin America Africa Asia International
    6. 8. CRITERIA <ul><li>Priority Constituencies </li></ul><ul><li>- peasants </li></ul><ul><li>- artisans </li></ul><ul><li>- women </li></ul><ul><li>- poorest </li></ul><ul><li>Development Priorities </li></ul><ul><li>- political influence </li></ul><ul><li>- strengthening social movements </li></ul><ul><li>- inclusion of women </li></ul><ul><li>- peace and reconciliation </li></ul><ul><li>- economic justice </li></ul><ul><li>- sustainable development </li></ul>
    7. 9. <ul><li>10% of Share Lent Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Relief Reserved Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Same criteria as regular programs </li></ul>EMERGENCIES
    8. 10. FINANCES
    9. 11. 2003-2004 Revenues Total Revenue $ 24,992,241 1 3 4 5 2 1 2 3 4 5 Caritas Emergency Fund Special Activities Other Fundraising Government Grants Share Lent 2 081 186 $ 1 889 173 $ 3 151 009 $ $ 7,785,585 $ 10,085,288 8.3 % 7.6 % 12.6 % 31.2 % 40.3 %
    10. 12. Ratios Development Programs: 67% Governance and management: 10% Social Justice in Canada : 1.85 % Education – English Sector : 6.40 % Fundraising: 5.75 % Education French Sector: 5.50 % Communications Dept. : 3.50 % 4 5 1 6 2 7 3 1 2 3 4 6 5 7
    11. 13. Ways of donating General Donations Monthly Donations Planned Gifts Share Lent Emergency relief Internet contributions In Memoriam gifts Wills Individual Life Insurance Gifts of securities Group Life Insurance Annuities Endowments Share Year Round
    12. 14. EDUCATION
    13. 15. Education campaigns A five-stage process 1 consultations Education Program Committee Development Programs Department Education teams Partners in the South Allies in the North 2 Consultations with Diocesan Councils 3 Orientation Assembly Chooses the theme 4 Education Program Committee Proposes the entry-point (focus or angle) 5 National Council Executive Committee Approves the entry point We begin again What will the theme of the next education campaign be?
    14. 16. Criteria <ul><li>Criteria in developing an education campaign </li></ul><ul><li>“ Justice is not charity, namely, giving alms to the poor. Seeking justice involves conversion of hearts and actions to change social, economic and political structures that cause human suffering.” Bishops of Canada, WITNESS TO JUSTICE, 1979 </li></ul><ul><li>An issue that will inspire DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE members and the Canadian public. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows us to make concrete links with our partners in the South. </li></ul><ul><li>Enables us to work with allies in the North on the same issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows common actions with social movements in the North and in the South. </li></ul><ul><li>Has as its goal significant long-term change in unjust economic, political and social structures. </li></ul>
    15. 17. Demand
    16. 18. 1 <ul><li>Right Honourable Prime Minister, </li></ul><ul><li>At the June 2007 G8 meeting, you stated that the implementation of the recommendations from the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries report would make Canada a leader in corporate social responsibility . </li></ul>
    17. 19. 2 <ul><li>One year later, more than 200,000 Canadians told you they would like a response to these recommendations . </li></ul>
    18. 20. 3 <ul><li>Little has changed. Farmland, forests and water resources are contaminated or destroyed by some Canadian mining operations. People are denied access to and control of the natural resources they need to live in the just, dignified manner to which all are entitled. </li></ul>
    19. 21. 4 <ul><li>We are not going away! Standing with the people of the Global South, we insist that you develop legal mechanisms to hold Canadian mining companies accountable for their actions abroad. </li></ul>
    21. 23. Organization Chart Members Diocesan Councils Local Groups Regional Meetings Orientation Assembly National Council Executive Committee National Council Operations Committee Youth Advisory Committee Diversity Advisory Committee Theological Reflection Committee Education Program Committee Development Program Committees Africa, Asia, Latin America, Emergency Relief, International Financial Affairs Committee Fundraising Committee
    23. 25. The Principal of Solidarity The Principle of the Common Good Preferential option for the poor SITUATIONS TEACHINGS FRUITS Economic Justice Respect for Human Dignity
    24. 26. Our Salvadoran Partners
    25. 28. Development and Peace Partners <ul><li>CRIPDES </li></ul><ul><li>EQUIPO MAIZ </li></ul><ul><li>Concertaci ό n de Mujeres </li></ul><ul><li>CDC </li></ul><ul><li>FUNPROCOOP </li></ul><ul><li>UNES </li></ul>
    26. 29. CRIPDES
    27. 31. &quot; If we can be inventive with our economy, we can break down free trade &quot; Lorena Martinez , CRIPDES
    28. 32. EQUIPO MAIZ
    29. 39. FUNPROCOOP
    30. 43. Teshicalt (stone of fire)
    31. 45. Palomera
    32. 48. Azacualpa
    33. 49. &quot; We have to dream of how things could be. It is our right and our responsiblity to dream. “
    34. 50. &quot; Individually, we can say that the challenges are too big. Together we have obtained change and we can do it again. “