Issues Within El Salvador

What does the community do to help with these problems?

El Salvador in the Early 2000s

As the turn of the century arrives, the country of El Salvador is struggling to cope with the the downfall of the lethargic economy. The economy harmed many families, leaving over 50% of the El Salvadorian population living in extreme poverty. Dealing with the poverty, these people and families had to deal with one other thing - dengue fever epidemic. Because of all of these tragedies, the people in El Salvador rioted for many years. Throughout the early 2000s, El Salvador was literally falling apart.

The United States and El Salvador

During this time in the 2000s, El Salvador needed as much help as they can to survive. The United States saw that El Salvador needed a great deal of help to survive. In the middle of the year 2000, the United States decided to aide El Salvador by ratifying agreements with each other. The United States set up anti-narcotic bases in El Salvador to help it's people with drug problems. The United States also ratified a "constitutional amendment" that states that El Salvadorians are allowed to be extradited to the United States. The United States were one of the first countries to support the El Salvadorian government and country.

Suchitoto, El Salvador

Suchitoto, El Salvador is an area that was deeply affected by the 12 year civil way that happened in El Salvador. Most of the fighting and battling happened near, if not in, the town of Suchitoto. Suchitoto was one of the most targeted area of El Salvador for abduction and executions during the cilvil war. This town is looked down upon because of all of the hardships that had taken place there during the brutal war. Now, Suchitoto, El Salvador is a new and refurbished area that is filled with beautiful sights.

Centro Arte Para La Paz

Centro Arte para la Paz, meaning "the art center for peace", is located in Suchitoto, El Salvador. This "center of art" is actually considered as a "center of peace". Centro Arte para la Paz is a place where people from El Salvador go to to forget about the world around them. This physical sign of hope dedicates a space for everyone one to focus on making art and to get the classes to forget about all of the trauma that is happening throughout the community.

This common place challenges the community to practice many different activities such as painting, yoga, photography, or music. The people involved within this healing center do not support gangs or graffiti, actually they are strictly against these kinds of societies. Centro Arte para la Paz promotes peace and environmental awareness to all people throughout El Salvador.

The founder of this great foundation in Central America, peace activist, Sr. Peggy O'Neill, works to create a place to rebuild culture and peace using different types of art as the main focus. She has been working in El Salvador since 2006 and continues to work with social and cultural development throughout El Salvador.

This organization depicts a perfect example of an ethic of care. Centro Arte para la Paz cares for everyone, by welcoming in hundreds of people every week to relieve them from their traumatic memories from the civil war. They care tremendously for the connection of one person to another. The whole focus of this organization is to bring people with the same interests together.

Centro Arte para la Paz

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