• 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

 

Romero Community Development, Land & Dignified Housing Project

 

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    Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero

Communal Development Association

      Tonacatepeque, El Salvador

                        and

Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad – CIS,

       Los Olivos CIS (U.S. 501c3)

 Introduction 

El Salvador shares the social and political experiences of most countries of Central America: a small ruling elite, abject poverty, foreign interference and domination, and civil war.  Compounding and exacerbating the situation, El Salvador is prone to volcanoes, earthquakes and floods.  The people that came together to form the Romero Community suffered through these adversities, displaced by the war, Hurricane Mitch and the 2001 earthquakes.  They asked the Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad, CIS, to accompany them on their quest for land, permanent homes and dignity and a future for their children.  The combined effort is The Romero Community Development, Land & Dignified Housing Project.

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The   Romero Community Land & Housing     Project -- Timeline

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CIS depends on your donations to keep all of our programs up and running. There are four ways to donate:

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
60559-0076
USA

 

By Credit Card:

CIS accepts On-Line Credit Card Donations through Paypal. Please click on the button below to make a donation.

*Please note if you making a contribution to the Scholarship Program click here*

Donation Type

You can opt to put the funds into CIS General Scholarship fund where we will make funds available where they are needed for a scholarship or you can designate to one of our existing programs:

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES DURING 2016 AND THEIR SPONSORS
 

Scholarship  programs 2017

Thank you solidarity partners!!!

Cinquera, ARDM

CIS donors and St. Sabina, KC

Comunidad Ellacuría, Chalatenango

Notre Dame Prep School, MD

Estanzuelas

St. Patrick’s Church, KC, MO

Tamanique

Assumption Church, Granger, IA

San Rafael Cedros

Our Lady of Presentation, KC, MO

Comasagua

Corpus Christi University Parish, Toledo, OH

Resurrection Church, Solon, OH

Revolution Methodist Church, KC, MO

San Pedro Perulapán

Foundation for Cultural Exchange, CO

San Pablo Tacachico – ADEMGUAPE

Pasadena Committee, CA

Romero Community, Tonacatepeque

St. Elizabeth’s Parish, KC, MO

Isla El Espíritu Santo, Puerto El Triunfo

Rainbow of Hope for Children, Canada

San Francisco de Asís Parish, Mejicanos

St. Peter’s Church, KC, MO

San José Palo Grande, Suchitoto

St. Elizabeth’s Parish, KC, MO

Isla Tasajera, San Luis la Herradura

First Church of Christ, Eugene,  OR

Artisans– Jaragua, Jesús Obrero

REVY Fair Trade

Tehuiste, San Pedro Nonualco

Caminos de Accion

Llano Largo, Jutiapa

CIS scholarship fund

Gender – ASPIDH, 17+

CIS scholarship fund

Paso Puente

CIS scholarship fund

ItaMaura Community

St. Regis, KC

 

Planned Giving: Building a Legacy of Justice and Peace for the People of El Salvador

You have accompanied the people of El Salvador with the CIS through many years of your life. But you would like to continue to create an impact far into the future. One way to do this is to include Los Olivos CIS in your will. A will gives assurance that you have made provisions for your family members as well as organizations that have been important to you throughout your life. Your bequest to the CIS will help sustain our work of building solidarity and planting seeds of justice for the long-term, and help us to ensure the longevity of the organization.

With a bequest, you can:

  • Continue to be in control of the funds during your lifetime. A bequest does not become irrevocable until death; you can change the bequest at any time during your lifetime.
  • Reduce estate taxes. Charitable bequests are normally deductible in full for estate tax purposes.
  • Direct the CIS to establish a fund bearing your name that can be designated for a specific program or initiative that is important to you now.
  • Spare family members the burden of paying both estate and income taxes by leaving retirement plan assets to a non-profit organization.
  • Help continue the CIS' ongoing mission. Bequests are not just for the wealthy. Even a small portion of a typical estate can be a very meaningful gift.

If you would like to make a bequest to the CIS, you must state that clearly in your will. It is very important that your will is signed by a lawyer, otherwise it is not valid, and your wishes might not be fulfilled. The following is recommended language that you and your attorney can use to make a gift to benefit the CIS through your will or revocable/living trust.

General Unrestricted Bequest

"I give, devise and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, [percentage of residue, sum, or description of property], the principal and income of which shall be used for such purposes as the Board of Directors may determine."

Specific Program – but unrestricted as to use

"I give, devise and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, [percentage of residue, sum, or description of property], the principal and income of which shall be distributed by the Board of Directors to the [name of Program] for use where the need is greatest."

The CIS requests financial support for the following programs:

  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program

Restricted – to be used only for specific purposes

"I give, devise and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, [percentage of residue, sum, or description of property], the principal and income of which shall be distributed by the Board of Directors to the scholarship program of [name of community/municipality]."

** If you are interested in bequesting to another specific project of the CIS, please consult with the CIS Director.

Request of Residue – after all other bequests are made

"All [or a portion] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, of every kind and description, wherever situated and whether now owned or hereafter acquired, including any power of appointment, I give, devise, and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, the principal and income of which shall be used for such purposes as the Board of Directors may determine."

Contingent Bequest – if other bequests cannot be completed

"In the case of a failure or lapse of any legacy or device herein such that the property so bequeathed or devised would pass by intestacy, I direct that in lieu thereof such property shall pass to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, to be known as the CIS Solidarity Fund, the principal and income of which shall be used for such purposes as the Board of Directors may determine."

OR

"If [none of] the above person[s] survive[s] me, or if there is no one in existence who is a member of the class of persons designated in paragraph [ ], I give, devise and bequeath such property to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota to be known as the CIS Solidarity Fund, the principal and income of which shall be used for such organizational purposes as the Board of Directors may determine."

Pursuant to Memorandum of Agreement

"I give, devise and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, the sum of $___________ [or otherwise describe the gift] and direct this bequest to the [program] to be used pursuant to my Memorandum of Agreement on file with Los Olivos CIS."
This information is not intended as legal or tax advice, but as general information on planned giving. For legal advice, please consult an attorney

CONTACT US

For more information on planned giving to the CIS, or to discuss a specific bequest to the CIS, please contact Mimi Jordan, Board Secretary, at:
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1-708-308-8814
To consult about which community projects (aside from those listed) are most in need of your support, please contact Leslie Schuld, CIS Director, at:
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The struggle of the Salvadoran people for democracy and peace with justice has created strong solidarity on an international level. In order to strengthen people-to-people solidarity ties and contribute to the construction of a new El Salvador, organizations from the Salvadoran social movement and international organizations that have supported the process of peace with social justice, came together to create the Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (Center for Exchange and Solidarity).

The CIS is a multi-faceted organization, with many programs supporting education, organizing, and social justice. We are looking for people committed to solidarity and social justice to participate in our programs.

History

The CIS was founded in 1993 after the signing of the Peace Accords in El Salvador. Solidarity groups from the U.S., Canada, and Europe came together with Salvadoran popular organizations to develop a center to promote people-to-people relations after the war. The root causes of the war - economic and social injustice together with a lack of democratic openings to make change - were still present. It was agreed that continued international accompaniment and solidarity with grassroots movements for social and economic justice and participatory democracy would be needed to achieve structural changes in the post war period.

Mission

To promote solidarity and cultural exchange across borders between the Salvadoran people and other peoples of the world to foment a culture of solidarity that implies accompaniment, respect for diversity, relationships based on equality and mutual support between people, with the objective of raising awareness, organizing and mobilizing grassroots efforts for justice and dignity.

Vision 

To be a sustainable institution that promotes ties of solidarity between international and national communities, strengthen social organization, promote human development and contribute to the transformation of the Salvadoran society.

Objectives

  • Promote people-to-people solidarity in the search for development and human dignity.
  • Promote human values and cultural exchange with individuals, delegations, representatives of private organizations, and government officials in order to strengthen solidarity and understanding of Salvadoran history and culture.
  • Strengthen community and integrated development programs.
  • Encourage the development and commercialization of Salvadoran crafts made by cooperatives, especially by youth, women, and ex-combatants.
  • Deepen awareness and promote the defense of human rights in El Salvador.

Institutional Values

 The values that the organization commits to promote, integrate into the work and model are the following: 

  • Solidarity: It’s when two or more people get together for a common cause in the search of social and economic justice, and human rights without expecting anything in return. Solidarity is characterized by a horizontal relation of two tracks, where exist mutual respect and joint participation in the construction of a more just society.
  • Social and economic justice: It’s a state or condition where is produced an equitable distribution of the economic and social goods produced by a particular society that search to overcome the gap between rich and poor. It’s based on equal opportunities and human rights.  
  • Mutual Respect: It’s a special consideration for the intrinsic value that all human beings possess and has a reciprocal nature. Mutual respect is based on the value for human dignity. 
  • Accompaniment: It’s the attitude and availability to be with people who are in need in their processes of development, social and human growth and self-determination. 
  • Empowerment:  CIS actions are not conceived from assitentialist categories. Rather, it is based on the acquisition of power and independence of social groups we work with, so they can struggle and solve their own problems.