El Salvador: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers

Published Mar 19, 2017

Here is a guest post written by our parishioner and CRS Ambassador, Cate. You can find her original post on her blog. 

CRS RiceBowl El Salvador week reminded us of the Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers

 "Catholic social teaching inspires and guides how we are to live and work in the world. In this principle, Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers, we remember that Jesus spent years working as a carpenter. Work is important to help people live good lives, and so people must be paid a fair wage to provide for themselves and their families."

   The 3rd week of #encounterLent marked the anniversary of the Blessed Oscar Romero's death in San Salvador, El Salvador. Christ Our Hope Lenten Soup Supper spotlighted El Salvador. 


The Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while celebrating mass in San Salvador,  this week March 24, 1980, 37 years ago . 

He was God’s messenger of Hope and an emblem and a fighter for Social Justice in that country.

FOR DECADES, Injustice and Inequality were clouts that have lived in the core of the country Because of these that Poverty, Human Migration  and Violence continued to exist in El Salvador. It has one the highest murder rates and one of the poorest in the world.


    Catholic Relief Services and Youthbuild International partnered to empower the Youth to promote peacebuilding in El Salvador through its youth violence prevention programs.

   Millions of young people around the world have energy, talent, and intelligence that are being wasted solely for lack of opportunity. There are at least 2.3 million low-income 16-24 year-olds in the United States who are not in education, employment, or training.

   Globally, over 200 million youth are working poor and earning less than $2.00 a day. All are in urgent need of pathways to education, jobs, entrepreneurship, and other opportunities leading to productive livelihoods and community leadership.

   YouthBuild programs provide those pathways. All over the world they unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with a commitment to work, education, family, and community. 

      Here’s the story of Fernando
    The money that we donate to the Catholic Relief Services thru the CRS Rice Bowl - 25% of that come back to our very own community

    The Sunday Soup Supper was started with a presentation on the CRS Rice Bowl and Youthbuild programs in El Salvador and followed by an opening prayer by Fr Paul. The CRS Ambassadors made a traditional El Salvadrorian Pupusa with cheese ( see crsricebowl.org for recipe). Marc and Katherine donated 3 soups. Paul and Jen donated the scones and cookies. Essential Baking Company donated the bread.



 Global Solidarity in out little corner of the world

    During the soup supper, the parish community and some Joesphinum reesidents watched videos of the CRS Youthbuild International Programs and the movie " Romero".



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