Children of El Salvador are topic

BAR HARBOR — IPM (International Partners in Mission) and the YWCA MDI are pleased to host International Guest Sandra Peña from Zaragoza, El Salvador.

She will speak at the YWCA on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at noon. Bring a brown bag lunch for a conversation about the realities for students and teachers living in El Salvador today and how they remain resilient in the face of challenges presented by wide-spread poverty and gang violence.

Thousands of children have attempted to seek refuge from the US and neighboring Latin American countries in hopes of finding safety from the violence. Hear first-hand from her experience working with the vibrant children of Zaragoza and her journey as an educator.

Pena, a Salvadoran pre-school teacher at IPM’s project partner Lidia Coggiola, works with kindergarten age students in the town of Zaragoza. She was born in 1977, a time when violence in El Salvador began to escalate into what would become a decade long civil war. Through this time, she was able to continue her studies with a focus on science education. In 2002, as a student of pedagogy, she started to work as an educator at Lidia Coggiola teaching in the kindergarten classroom. This program is located in a community threatened by gang violence and serves as a safe learning environment for children.

IPM is a Bar-Harbor based international non-profit organization that works across borders of faith, culture, and economic circumstance with children, women, and youth to create partnerships that build justice, peace, and hope. Its Executive Office is located at 67 Main Street in the heart of the downtown area. For more information, visit or call 801.9020.

The YWCA of MDI offers safe, affordable housing to women and girls on Mount Desert Island. Call 288-5008.

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