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El Pueblo de Dios en Camino, San Ramon

El Pueblo de Dios en Camino, San Ramon

San Ramon is a semi-urban marginal community in San Salvador, about a 20 drive from where students live at the base of the San Salvador volcano.

San Ramon is home to El Pueblo de Dios en Camino, a Christian base community rooted in the tenets of liberation theology. It is run by local leaders and community organizers and emerged in 2000 in response to alienation from the local, conservative parish. It has since developed as an important support system for the marginalized people of San Ramon. Programs and services offered include a soy project, a tutoring program for at-risk children and youth, a weekly Bible reflection, a scholarship program for young children and youth, a support group for single moms, and an artisan cooperative. In addition, El Pueblo de Dios en Camino has made an intentional pastoral decision to reach out to the rural, marginalized communities of Las Nubes and La Valencia with the main objective of accompanying the people in their daily struggle for the basic necessities of life.

Role of Casa Student: In the community of El Pueblo de Dios en Camino, students spend most of their time in Las Nubes and La Valencia. Students walk uphill forty-five minutes to both communities, which are located on the San Salvador volcano and do not have access to running water or garbage collection (just recently the homes in the community received electricity). Here, students accompany families, assist with basic housing construction and daily chores. At El Pueblo de Dios en Camino in San Ramon students spend time getting to know the community members and hearing their personal testimonies. Students also have the opportunity to teach English classes to children from nearby neighborhoods.