Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Poverty -- Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day 2008, when bloggers all over the world are writing on a single topic. This year the topic is poverty.

I've written recently about poverty in El Salvador with all the statistics. But statistics often don't move people to action in the same way that pictures and human stories do. So I'd like to revisit again the situation of the marginalized community in Soyapango named "Benediction of God," I first wrote about it in my post Casas de Carton.

Salvadoran photographers have documented the difficult lives of the families who live in this community. One example is this essay from photojournalist Jesus Flores titled Life on the Edge in El Salvador. You can also view this photogallery from El Faro titled Sacrificing for a Roof.

This community is emblematic of the poverty which continues to exist in El Salvador. While many have risen out of extreme poverty through the receipt of remittances, through being fortunate enough to find a job in the formal economy, or through simple hard work, too many have not. Let these images commit everyone who reads this blog to take some step to advance the cause of the poor in El Salvador -- make a donation, build a house, advocate for economic justice, walk in solidarity with poor communities. Just do it.

According to Habitat for Humanity of El Salvador, the country has a housing deficit of some 360,000 dwellings.

Photo above from


Alex said...

Great post, Thank you for sharing, I myself wrote about it here: and got a huge respond from readers and other bloggers. Would you please honor us and share your thoughts by leaving a comment on our post? I am trying to come up with something new tomorrow and I will include and encourage readers to visit your blog back so we can all unite to fight poverty.

Anonymous said...

Fallece Cristóbal Hernández diputado del FMLN

El diputado efemelenista junto con un coordinador municipal perdieron la vida en un accidente vehicular en Santa Cruz Michapa.

Marcela Solís con reporte de Amadeo Cabrera
Imprimir Enviar nota Fecha de actualización: 18/10/2008 06:05:44 p.m.
Las autoridades policiales reportan un accidente de transito en el kilómetro 26 y medio en el municipio de Santa Cruz Michapa, en Cuscatlán en el que perdió la vida el legislador de Cuscatlan, Cristóbal Hernández.

En el incidente por el momento se confirma el fallecimiento del diputado perteneciente a la Comisión de Obras Públicas, Cristóbal Hernández, de la fracción efemelenista y un coordinador municipal que lo acompañaba.

Ricardo González diputado del Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) confirmó que Hernández se conducia en el vehículo que fue accidentado en el departamento de Cuscatlán.

Anonymous said...

Hey man: I live in El Salvador, and the issue of the poverty in my country is a wall that must be broken. I think that is gonna take some years to do this, because to get a child out of the poverty trough education is gonna take some time as i said. We most be patient, and of course i agrre about help them whit houses, food, etc. ( I apologize for my english)

Kadmiel said...

agreed this is great it can really help get the message out but what can i do to help as well ?