Corral Viejo | Irioma #1 | Irioma #2 | Irioma #3 | El Sitio | Hacienda Nueva
Tenancingo, 16 December 2003
Esteemed Brothers and Sisters in Solidarity from Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States of North America—
Receive a cordial and affectionate greeting on the part of the members of the Community Development Association (ADESCO) of the Canton of Corral Viejo. Our purpose with the present letter is to tell you sincerely that it makes us very happy to know that you are working with concern for the communities. Additionally. we wish to give you thanks for having received our petition where we requested a typewriter, so that we don’t have to bother third parties [to write documents]. We are hoping that you will give priority to this need that we have. We thank you very much, dear brothers and sisters.
I would like to make a little commentary regarding the free Trade Agreements (“T.L.C.”) as these do not bring any benefit to us, the poor. Beyond this, they bring poverty to our people, and I believe that you are uniting forces with all Salvadorans in the repudiation of this free trade agreement. In another matter, I would like to tell you that, as regards the presidential elections that are approaching, some of us are quite involved in the work. because we want a change, we are asking you whether you could visit us this day in order to supervise as an international commission [be observers]. With nothing else particular to say, we sign ourselves [in farewell] to you, giving our opinions and our [Christmas] wishes for happiness.
Toward peace and for the culture/civilization! (Hacia la paz por la cultura.)
|Alfredo Angel Carbajal
Javas (?) Torres
José Roberto Menjívar H.
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Sister Community there in the State of Minnesota, USA,
May you each and all of you and your distinguished
families receive a sincere and cordial greeting, wishing you successes in your
daily work and that God may bless you at this Christmas season and that you have
a Happy New Year.
These are the wishes of the Directive Council, “New Jerusalem,” and of all the community of this Caserio [Hamlet] Irioma of the Canton Rosario Tablón of the municipality of Tenancingo.
Thus briefly we would like to tell you that we feel exceedingly grateful to you for the accomplishments obtained in our community. Below we will list them specifically:
This is a very nice memento. We would also like to tell you that, in one part of the hamlet that didn’t have electricity, now we do have it to rely on, thanks to a local government (mayor’s office) that is of our party, the FMLN. Last of all we would like to communicate that we are anxious because we want to buy a small plot of land to make a little school, for we have this now in a place owned by another. We tell you this in hopes of a good response, as we have the luck that in our hamlet there are already construction workers, who, even though it might only be possible to pay them a little wage, would put a good shoulder into the work. We bid farewell to the present moment rather than to you, of whom we remain always in expectation. And do not forget that you live always in our hearts.
Pablo Alberto Figueroa E.
President of the ADESCO
Saturday, December 13
Ladies and Gentlemen members of the Sister Community there in your dear state, receive a humble but sincere greeting on behalf of our Directiva New Jerusalem and the community of the hamlet of Irioma of the Canton of Rosario Tablón, municipality of Tenancingo.
Ladies and Gentlemen members of the Sister Community, it is for us a pleasure to have this space of communication by means of writing to you. In truth , all of us Salvadorans know very well that on the day of March 21, 2004, we are going to carry out the election for president in our country. We know well, citizens that we are, of our constitutional duty to exercise our right to vote. I hope that our dear people goes to the polls and does not go making a mistake in electing our future . We say this because we the poor, or better said, all Salvadorans, have constitutional rights that say that our president should provide housing, opportunity to study, medicine, employment, water, electricity, perhaps means of transportation, food, and communication so that he is aware of all the needs that will have passed from the year 1989 to 2003 [all governed by the ARENA party]. There are sad laments:
The previous governments, just like the present government, do nothing. Thus, for the coming elections we seek to put in a government that knows the necessities of the poor and not those of the millionaires. Dear “sponsors” [godparents] we would be very happy if, for these coming elections you could unite with us and be observers. Thank you. We remain with hope. Adios. We take our leave of the present moment less than of you yourselves.
Pablo Alberto Figueroa Raymundo
President of the ADESCO, Idioma
Wednesday, 17 December 2003
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Sister-Community there is the state of Minnesota, U.S.A.,
Fraternal greetings to each of you in the name of God all-powerful, as well as the name of our Directiva. We ask God that this salutation reach to the depths of your hearts. We are very happy when we remember each one of you. We beg God that you will be able to return and see us in our community of Irioma, of the Canton of Rosario Tablón, of the Municipality of Tenancingo.
After this short but sincere greeting, I pass to the following. I direct myself to you, brothers and sisters, and the motive for my writing you is because I need a book of Spanish and English. I, Pablo Alberto Figueroa, am 60 years old, but because of the lack of employment, I cannot buy it myself. I have studied through the 2nd cycle [6th grade] and I would like to know more. I am the president of the ADESCO. I remember very much the monk, Dennis, and although I do not know the names of the others, I believe that the love and affection I have for you is the same.
Here I say farewell, hoping that God repay you with many blessings and many more years of life. These are the wishes of the president of the ADESCO of the Hamlet of Irioma.
Pablo Alberto Figueroa Raymundo
Tenancingo. (Department of Cuscatlán)
15 December 2003
For Saint Cloud, Minnesota, USA
In the name of the Community of the Hamlet El Sitio–El Transito.
We hope that your health is good and than you pass happy holy days and a beautiful new year. And may God bless you always.
The motive of the present letter is to petition you to assist us in whatever way you deem workable. For in our community we do not have service of either potable water or electricity. The street is in disrepair. It is because our community is so small, that we are not taken into account by any governmental institutions.
Thus we are asking petitioning God and Saint Cloud, Minnesota if you could help us. Our community was damaged by the earthquakes, and al our houses were damaged, and none of us have any employment, not even the materials to be able to construct our houses. And all the assistance that we receive from St. Cloud would be for the good of our families (children).
We would be grateful in the highest degree with Saint Cloud Minnesota if you assist us with anything, as our greatest wish is to have electric energy and potable water. And that [they — could mean “you”] would take us into consideration in all the projects that are accomplished.
We say farewell humbly,
The Community of El Sitio – El Transito of the Cantón Rosario El Tablón
In the event that you are able to provide some kind of assistance, you can send it to the following persons who are from this same community, Cantón Rosario El Tablón Caserio El Sitio – El Transito.
Maria Eliodora Cruz Vides
Community of Huiltepeque, Caserio of Hacienda Nueva
[?? The letter is from the Caserio of Hacienda Nueva, which belongs to the Canton of Jiñuco, but it refers to a smaller segment of this community, I think.]
14 December 2003
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Cloud, Minnesota,
Receive a cordial greeting, wishing success to everyone who is involved in the sistering organization [at the same time??]. We wish that you pass a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year in the company of your dear families, and friends who surround you might bear abundant fruit in your homes.
We of the Community of Hacienda Nueva would like to thank you for the donations you offer us. These are used in cases of emergency [health funds], which occur in the community for persons of scant resources.. Additionally, we beg that in your next visit you honor us with your presence here.
With these words we say farewell to you, brothers and sisters, we as well as the whole community.