• El Salvador Delegation 2008

 

From January 1-13, 2008, a group of eighteen Suffolk University students, faculty, and staff traveled to El Salvador for an Alternative Winter Break service learning trip.  Organized by Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service (S.O.U.L.S.), this delegation lived with local families, attended presentations, and worked on improvements to a cultural center in the community of La Hacienda El Sitio – La Mora. 

The work at the cultural center, known as Concha Acústica (Acoustic Shell), involved hands-on construction of restroom and changing room facilities in preparation for the annual Festival for Peace and Social Justice, which commemorates the signing of the peace accords that put an end to El Salvador’s civil war in 1992.  Through this work, delegation members not only learned about El Salvador, but they  experienced firsthand the impact that even one person can make in a country that is still struggling to recover from a devastating civil war.

The Moakley Institute was proud to support this trip as part of its mission to preserve the legacy of Congressman John Joseph Moakley.  Congressman Moakley’s connection to El Salvador dates to the early 1980s when he worked for Salvadoran immigration rights.  He later led an investigation into the 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter at the University of Central America in San Salvador.