Healing violence through literacy

Every day in El Salvador, youth must navigate a country dominated by violence and insecurity. Literacy can help!

ConTextos

Children and Youth

Our story

Every day in El Salvador, youth must navigate a country dominated by violence and insecurity. Finding comfort and refuge in books, using writing for expression of pain, joy, identity and learning… these are tools all youth need not only to survive, but to thrive.

In the homicide capital of the world, literacy is a tool to combat violence: youth learn about worlds beyond their own and the power they have to write their future. Becoming authors of their own stories helps them create new identities independent of the cycles of violence and poverty. Reading and writing are not just academic skills–they are life skills that make youth better thinkers and listeners, better able to make sense of complicated surroundings. In dangerous terrain, books and story and language, well-facilitated conversations and safe-spaces in schools create lasting refuge.

Why it matters:

ConTextos works with youth from “war zone” neighborhoods. We know that violence is a cycle in which victimization begets victimization. That’s why we train teachers to create spaces of refuge for children and write with youth affected by violence to begin the process of healing past traumas. Reading and writing are our tools to prevent violence through the development of critical thinking and empathy. Our programs show how reading and writing make youth youth into better people, with increased tolerance, expression and life-projection.

Potential Challenges:

Violence in El Salvador has many causes, often an expression of historic repression, conflict and poverty. In this environment, reading and writing are not a panacea. Creating a more peaceful future requires the cooperation of many institutions. While we work to ensure quality education and rehabilitation for youth, we make conscious alliances with other institutions and organizations to work towards change from various sectors.

 

How we’ll put your donations to work:

We will dedicate funds towards the costs of publishing illustrated memoirs written by Salvadoran youth. This work requires tremendous care on the part of teachers and attention to detail so that youth publish a truly authentic story that they can be proud of. You can see the stories they’ve written at issuu.com/contextos-sv. To be good writers, they need tools of the writer’s craft: high quality books, notebooks, pens, cardstock, and a good designer and printer.




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Sarah Fitzgerald

Amazing work <3

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Louise Miles

Me encanta leer de su trabajo. Gracias a Anita Ruelle por compartir esta oportunidad de apoyarles.

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Andrea Escolán

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Karen & Dennis

Anne & Contextos, you are changing lives with your mission. Karen & Dennis

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Alessandra Clará

siempre creyendo en la mision y trabajo de ConTextos!

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Jaime Mira

Keep up the good work! Contextos y La Charamusca. Mano a mano...

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Daniel Rivera

Espero les sirva

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Charles Lozes

Soy fan de lo que hacen. El Salvador los necesita.

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Anonymous

Los quiero y admiro.

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Equipo Técnico ConTextos

Este equipo cree en lo que hace y en quiénes lo hacen posible.

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Laura Zastrow

Anne and ConTextos, keep up your wonderful work!! We're proud to know you. Laurie and Gregg, Ben Jake and Tom

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Jessica Galdamez

Sigan multiplicando <3

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Steve and Linda Ruelle

We love ConTextos!

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Carlos

Aunque sea un poco

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Don Elmer

Via la Charamusca

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Maite Funes

Soy Autor es un programa especial. Muy poco de lo que hay allá afuera haciéndose tiene como propósito entender, más allá de solo juzgar, nuestros jóvenes y con ello nuestra sociedad. ¿Queremos ver cambios reales en nuestra sociedad? Apostemos a la educación, a mejores condiciones de empleo, a más oportunidades.

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Jennifer Bell

Buena suerte en logrando su meta! Orgullosa apoyar este proyecto!

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Rebecca B.

Ustedes me inspiran a diario, que honor ser parte de un equipo tan poderoso, juntos estamos cambiando el futuro de este país <3.

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Alejandra Mejia

Sin duda la lectura y la escritura no puede solucionar todo, pero sin lectura y escritura no podemos solucionar NADA.

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Omar Egan

La educación es la mejor forma de asegurar el desarrollo de una nación.

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Darlene McCampbell

Here's to more great work!

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Ronald Alexis Alejo Zepeda

Creo que es un gran proyecto con un visión de justicia social que tanto necesita nuestro país ¡Adelante!

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Guillermo Nasser

Por favor sigan con este magnifico proyecto que tanto beneficio trae a la educación en El Salvador!

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Alan Nunez

I'm proud to know all of you. Keep doing your amazing work, as it's only with individuals like yourselves and organizations like your that we will be able to change the world for the better. xo, A.-

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Diana Melgar

El Salvador necesita más proyectos como estos!

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mayra dominguez

Keep up the good work Contextos!

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Jetty Meier

Mis queridos ex-compañeros de ConTextos! La donación es parte de la venta de mi libro sobre mis experiencias de los 4 años en El Salvador y de mi trabajo en ConTextos (como prometí).

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Scott Robinson

Thank you for all your work ConTextos! Keep it up!!! xo Kate and Scott

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Otto Rivera

¡Lo máximo ConTextos! Su trabajo es increíble.

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Kyla Saphir

Keep up the important work! Besos! Lunita

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The team

Ale Mejia

Development Director

Anne Ruelle

Programs Associate

Carlos Recinos

Program Coordinator

Daisy Díaz

Soy Author Teacher

Debra Gittler

Founder and Executive Director

Diana Melgar

M&E Specialist

Enrique Quintanilla

Teacher Trainer

Esmeralda Quintanilla

Teacher Trainer

Flor Romero

Admin Coordinator

Jakeline Ascencio

Library Specialist

Jenna Knapp

Soy Autor Teacher

Jennifer Coreas

Program Coordinator

Maria Teresa Funes

Administration and Finance Director

Melvin Moreno

Teacher Trainer

Rebecca Barriere

Communications Coordinator

Teresa Mejía

General Assistant

William Melgar

Logistics

Zolia Recinos

Program Director



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