The Mission of the El Salvador Ministry is to promote solidarity and exchange between the St. Elizabeth Parish community and our sister communities in El Salvador, Romero Community and Palo Grand/Suchitoto.
Ernesto is one of the Salvadoran students from Palo Grande who has been the recipient of a college scholarship funded by St. Elizabeth’s parishioners for six years. He received his college degree in International Relations on May 27th.
Not only does St. Elizabeth fund scholarships for Salvadoran students, but we also send art supplies, which the Salvadoran college students use for art therapy in the communities. Through art therapy, the young children in the communities learn to understand and express their feelings. Thank you for your generosity!
What's Happening in Our Ministry?
Come to learn about the adult and youth trips to El Salvador in 2024!
El SALVADOR TRIP MEETING
MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 6:30 PM
SETON HALL* note location change
ADULT MISSION TRIP TO EL SALVADOR
El Salvador Trip February 1 – 8, 2023: This photo was taken after Mass at the Chapel of the Divine Providence Hospital where St. Oscar Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980. This was one of the many highlights from our trip to El Salvador this year. The travelers included people from St. Elizabeth’s, Holy Cross, and Keystone Methodist Churches. If you are interested in traveling to El Salvador next year, contact Kerm Fendler at (913) 488-7790.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP TO EL SALVADOR
Over Spring Break in March 2023, the STE El Salvador ministry sponsored the first parish youth trip. Five junior high students and family members made up a delegation of 14 from our parish. We will look forward to the power of the journey for these youth and an opportunity to hear from them about their experience. Thank you for your courage and openness to be transformed and travel to a new place!
Youth Trip Update: On the STE youth trip to El Salvador in March, our students visited the Palo Grande grade school. It sits on top of a high hill overlooking a beautiful valley. Inside the building, they found classrooms full of students but lacking the basic educational supplies needed to teach. It was not anything like the STE classrooms back home. The Salvadoran teachers explained that the lack of teaching supplies is always a problem, but a recent robbery at the school had compounded the problem.
The STE students felt compelled to do something about this. When they returned to KC, they organized a campaign to raise funds to purchase art supplies and whatever else the Salvadoran teachers needed to help their students. They raised over $1,300. The money was sent to CIS who, in turn, directed it to the Palo Grande school. Special thanks to the adults and students who traveled to El Salvador and to those who generously supported this call to help those in need!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING EFFORT!
We had a strong finish to our 2021 fundraising efforts, bringing the total amount collected in
2021 to $62,212. That provides more than enough dollars to fund 107 scholarships for the
2022 school year, including 59 scholarships for Catholic grade school, 30 for high school, and 18
for university. We also received a matching grant of $20,000, which has been booked as
revenue in the 2022 calendar year. Thank you!!! Your contributions are helping educate young
people in El Salvador and transform their lives, giving them a viable alternative to gang
violence, teen pregnancy and migration to the U.S. It is also transforming communities, as
parents now have hope for a brighter, more just world for their children.
We hope to fund even more scholarships in the future because the demand for scholarships
continues to exceed their availability.