• Celebrating 20 Years of Solidarity

  • Next Election Observation Mission in 2018

  • Community building and construction in Romero Community

  • Violence Prevention through recreation

  • Language School

  • Small Businesses for Women

  • Providing Access to Clean Water

11th International Election Observation Mission of the CIS

Press Conference


We congratulate the Salvadoran people for your overwhelming participation and your commitment to strengthening the democratic process in El Salvador.  We congratulate the TSE (Supreme Electoral Tribunal) for having successfully assumed many challenges and responsibilities in such a short period of time after their installation and with little time to implement the recent electoral reforms.  We congratulate the JRVs for carrying out such a heavy but important workload.  Their commitment and dedication facilitated the process and contributed to its transparency, something so fundamental in a democratic process.

Once again, the CIS observed the strengthening of the democratic process in El Salvador with the implementation of Pluralistic City Councils, the minimum 30% participation of female candidates and the direct vote for PARLACEN (Central American Parliament).  These reforms are product of much debate sustained throughout various years.  The process was calm and there was little violence and confrontation.  The participation of representatives of the political parties gave confidence and guaranteed the transparency in each phase of the process.

Although the crossover vote was a reform was ordered by the decision of the Constitutional Court, and it opened more options for voters, it also generated confusion and uncertainty surrounding the voting process and also generated a slow and complex count and scrutiny process.  The small amount of time to prepare and train the people involved in the process due to the obligation to implement said reforms with only three months to go also increased the uncertainty and confusion.

The TSE organized the complex process in a small amount of time, although there were things that could have been done better, for example, the lack of a trustworthy system for the transmission of results added to the uncertainty and they should take measures to improve this in the future.


Come to El Salvador and help the Romero Community build their homes!

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Arrival date: Jan 11th, 2016.  Departure date: Jan 19th, 2016

zz11. Accompany the community in constructing dignified homes and building their community.
2. Learn firsthand about the reality of El Salvador
3. Build solidarity to overcome social and economic inequality.

Who should come?
1. People who want to do hard work, builders and non-builders alike who can carry out skilled and unskilled labor.
2. People who cannot do hard work in the hot sun, but would like to work with young people or other community tasks. You can contribute by bringing literature in Spanish, art supplies, games, jump ropes, softball equipment, teaching materials for basic English, etc.

People will live in the community and have a few nights at a guest house in San Salvador. You should bring hats to keep the sun off your face, water bottles, sheets, and plan on roughing it a bit. There will be mattresses and hammocks available for people to sleep on in the community. A translator and guide will be with the group to help facilitate organization and communication for those who do not speak Spanish.


zz2Costs: $600 will cover all in country expenses: food, meals, housing, internal transportation to and from the airport, and to and from the community and around San Salvador, translator and guide. The mattress you use will be donated to the community afterward.

Payments: Checks should be made payable to Los Olivos CIS and mailed to PO Box 76, Westmont, IL 60559.

Travel: Make your flight arrival on Monday, January 11. The work brigade officially ends on January 19th, but if you would like to stay on, you will be on your own from that point on. We can help you arrange to pay any additional costs which will be at a minimum.

Apply: write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or download the application form directly here.

diggingWe began the potable water project in Romero Community in late August 2016. $1,100 will provide potable water for one family. Consider making a tax deductible donation. Your donation will be matched dollar per dollar. So with just $550 your donation will be matched to provide a family with potable water.trench


You can pay for solidarity crafts purchases and CIS program fees through one of two ways:

By Check or Money Order in USD:

Checks and Money Orders in US Dollars can be made out to "Los Olivos CIS" and sent to our U.S. office at:

Los Olivos CIS
PO Box 76
Westmont, IL


By Credit Card:

CIS accepts payments online v.i.a. credit card through PayPal. Please note thatPayPal will add an additional 3.5% surcharge to your payment to cover the fees that Paypal charges us for this service. On your final receipt it will apear as a tax.

Examples of Payment with Credit Card:

Payment Cost Automatic PayPal Surcharge (3.5%) Total PayPal Charges You
Spanish School Application Fee $25.00 $0.88 $25.88
Volunteer Fee $100.00 $3.50 $103.50

Please select your payment type below. If you are making a payment to the Youth Formation and Scholarship Program, please select "Scholarship Payment" and specify the community in the field below.

Payment Type
Scholarship Community