Voices is a nonprofit organization that accompanies rural communities in El Salvador as they struggle for social and economic justice and sustainability. We work in two parts of El Salvador – Ciudad Segundo Montes in the mountains of Northern Morazán and the Bajo Lempa and San Juan del Gozo regions of Usulután. Our ties with these communities date back to 1987 when Voices began providing political and material support to refugees living in a camp in Colomancagua, Honduras.
Our Salvadoran partners articulate a few common goals: food security, environmental integrity, cultural preservation and a meaningful voice in the political process. Unfortunately, these communities face a myriad of obstacles including neoliberal economic policies, pressures to exploit natural resources, and public health issues like a renal failure epidemic.
Voices’ activities are designed to assist communities achieve their goals. Last year we developed a Grassroots Resource Center with significant input from our partners that builds local capacity and provides the information necessary to protect local interests and achieve community goals. Voices also has a small grant program that funds community activities and projects that would otherwise go unfunded.
Voices is a small organization, but our strength lies in our experienced staff, knowledge of El Salvador, close relationships with our Salvadoran partners, and willingness to look beyond traditional development paradigms.
Please take a few minutes read more about Voices’ history and philosophy, the issues our partners face, our activities, and the communities where we work. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our Blogs (there are links to the right).
And if you aren’t already, please consider becoming a donor. We are a small organization and our overhead is small, allowing your contributions to go where they matter most – El Salvador! At the top of the page there is a link to our Network for Good page where you can make an online donation – its fast, easy, and secure… and it will make a difference! Thank you!!!
Here is a short viedo of a historical memory project that Voices is working on with the Pastoral Team of Ciudad Segundo Montes in Northern Morazán: