"IT IS EITHER THE BEGINNING OR THE END OF THE WORLD, AND THE CHOICE IS OURSELVES OR NOTHING."
                           
                        — Carolyn Forché, The Country Between Us

SAINT CLOUD AREA AND TENANCINGO, EL SALVADOR, SISTER COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

Volume VIII, Number 2: Summer 2000


In this Issue:


PAB Meeting Time Changed

PAB's meeting time is changing to the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:30 PM. The regular meetings will continue to take place at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 305 N. 7th Ave., St Cloud. We hope to see you there: June 21, 7 PM.


SHARE's Jose Artiga to Visit

Jose Artiga, Executive Director of the SHARE Foundation, is in town for a workshop and will come to PAB's June meeting. We will have some important business but will also hear from Jose. The SHARE Foundation facilitates the sistering of PAB with Tenancingo and is our eyes and ears (and voice and legs, etc.) in the country. It was formed in 1981 in response to an appeal directly from the Archdiocese of San Salvador. At a time when US government money was funding oppression the, SHARE gave conscientious Americans a way to stand in solidarity with the Salvadoran people. This year they celebrate their 20th anniversary. Please come and help welcome Jose to Minnesota.


Important Business

At the June meeting, PAB will consider an amend-ment to its bylaws, to allow more funding to be used to support the delgations to El Salvador. Other sistering communities do this regularly. "Presence" is one of the three pillars of our accompaniment, and it takes funding to accomplish that presence, especially for return delegates. Please come to the meeting and share your thoughts.


Delegation Readies for Trip

The PAB delegation, though slightly smaller, is preparing for its July 10-21 visit to El Salvador. This year's delegates include veterans Judy Alessio, Sister Anne Malerich, Dennis Beach, as well as Dawn Schroeder, a teacher at the Mille Lacs Native American school, and Katie Kamakahi, coordinator of the colleges' Clemens & Myers Chair programs.

Delegate Blessing and Send-off: Sunday, July 9, 1:00 PM, Diocesan Pastoral Center. Please come and send your prayers and good wishes with delegates to El Salvador!


New High School Coming

Nuevo Instituto.gif (53073 bytes)With determination that would not let governmental neglect cheat their children out of education, Tenancingo is preparing to move into a new high school building, now under construction. It's not that the government was finally won over or provided construction funds. Instead, the Municipal Council of Mayor Amado Lopez (re-elected in March) agreed to dedicate the town's full quota of federal funding to the school's construction.

The St. John's and St. Ben's delegation that visited briefly in March visited the site. (See picture). What is clear is that this is not the end of the battle. Funds will be needed to help outfit the school. And we will continue to lobby the Ministry of Education to increase the number of faculty positions they support (currently only 3 of 5 faculty are supported by government funds and only one-the director, Don Tito-has a secure contract.

If you can help with a contribution that will go toward equipping the new school and facilitating the transition, please send your donation to PAB. Your contribution will make a difference! See the "My Response" contribution form below.


Local Boy Makes Good

Dave Johnson, a 1999 PAB delegate and Spring 2000 Romero delegation member, is leaving his jobs as Associate Campus Minister at St. John's University and Assistant Soccer Coach at the College of St. Benedict to take a two-year stipended volunteer position as the Grassroots and Sistering Program Coordinator for SHARE on site in El Salvador. By the time the 2001 delegation is making plans, Dave will be the person they'll be planning with. If anyone is interested in helping support Dave financially in this endeavor, please contact Br. Dennis Beach at 363-2997.


Wish List! - Good and Donations for El Salvador - Wish List!

The PAB delegation going to El Salvador in July is collecting the following items to bring to Tenancingo. Since the delegation is smaller this summer, we will be taking a little less. Please bring contributions to : Judy Alessio, 913 S. 13th Avenue, St. Cloud (252-9520).

  • Over the counter and household medical supplies: Tylenol, band-aids, antibiotics, pepto-bismol, etc.
  • Sports equipment: soccer balls & pumps; softballs, softball gloves & hats for the girls' softball team in El Pepeto (we helped outfit the girls in Tenancingo itself last year).
  • Receiving blankets for newborns.
  • School supplies such as crayons and markers
  • Monetary contributions for the following:
    • Equipping the new high school (Instituto) building in Tenancingo;
    • Community Health and Medicine fund; Community leadership and organizing fund;
    • Schools supplies such as paper and notebooks to be bought in El Salvador.

MY RESPONSE: Here's what I'll do to accompany the people of Tenancingo!
please print and mail in, or cut, paste, and e-mail.

The quotation at the head of this newsletter says that our choice, if we want to help determine whether there will be a future or no future at all is "ourselves or nothing." Choose to make a difference yourself by supporting PAB and our Salvadoran brothers and sisters in Tenancingo financially in one of the following ways.

I, __________________________________________ wish to contribute: $____________ for:

______ Funds for equipping the new high school and school supplies

______ Health Care and Medicine Fund

______ Community Leadership Training and Organizing

______ Community-based projects

______ Helping delegates travel to Tenancingo

______ Wherever need is greatest

Make checks payable to:
Partners Across Borders
Box 667, St. Joseph, MN 56374

For information contact:
Judy Alessio, 252-9520; e-mail: vergara48@aol.com
Felix Tristani, 685-9850; e-mail: ftristani@pol.net

DONATIONS TO PAB ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!