Latin America Network

 

latin america

Members of the Latin America Network are faced with some startling statistics. One in every 113 people globally is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee–a level of risk that surpasses even World War II precedent. While global attention has gone to the largest war zones–Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan–the deadliest region in the world is far closer to home, according to network members. In 2015, there were 17,500 violent deaths in Central America’s Northern Triangle (NTCA)–comprising of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras–and an estimated 1 million people were displaced by violence in the NTCA and southern Mexico. 

While Latin America is a large and varied geographic area, much of Latin American reality is shaped by violence–from a shared history of civil wars to a present dominated by gang violence, forced displacement and human trafficking.

Members of the Latin America Network are interested in how best to accompany their respective partners in their journey toward a world with human rights, liberation, reconciliation, justice and peace.  There is also an interest in engaging local communities of refugees and asylum seekers from Latin America, as a way to learn, to support and to accompany Latin Americans in our midst.  Click here to read the resolution adopted at the 2015 Diocesan Convention.

 

honduras Kids at the El Hogar School. Photo: St. John's Duxbury

The following congregations maintain relationships in Latin America.  Collaborative partners from the Diocese of Massachusetts are listed below the lead grant recipient.  These partnerships have led to partner-initiated projects focused not only on building relationships and sharing faith, but also on supporting and improving access to food, education, medical care and economic development. 

Congregation(s) Partner Location Partner
Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton El Octillo, El Salvador Fundahmer
St. Andrew's Church, Hanover, Christ Church, Needham, St. Paul's Church, Natick, St. Andrew's Church, Edgartown, Grace Church, Newton, St. Luke's Church, Fall River, Trinity Church, Boston San Salvador, El Salvador Foundation Christosal Global School, Cristosal base communities, Diocese of El Salvador
Church of St. John the Evangelist, Duxbury Tegucilgapa, Honduras El Hogar School 
St. Andrew's Church, Edgartown El Maisal, El Salvador Tom and Diane Wilson
Church of Our Redeemer, Lexington Tegucilgapa, Honduras El Hogar School 
 Grace Church, Medford  Bogota, Colombia   Church of the Divine Savior
St. Paul's Church, Newburyport, St. Paul's Church, Lynnfield San Salvador, El Salvador   Foundation Cristosal, Cristosal base commmunities, Diocese of El Salvador 
 St. Luke's Church, Scituate, All Saints' Church, Whitman  San Miguel del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico   Centro de Esperanza Infantil 
 St. Thomas's Church, Taunton  San Mateo, Belize  Holy Cross Anglican Primary School
 Epiphany Church, Walpole   Solola, Guatemala  Mil Milagros
 Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester  Tegucilgapa, Honduras El Hogar School  
Grace Church, New Bedford Ecuador Ecuadorian Federation of Indigenous Evangelicals
St. Michael's, Milton Guatemala City, Guatemala Safe Passage

 

el hogar schol At El Hogar. Photo: St. John's Duxbury

For more information, e-mail Laura Walta at lwalta@diomass.org or Deacon Holly Hartman at hhartman@diomass.org.