Library program: Deep Community in a Small Mountain Village in El Salvador

  • El Salvador —Google Maps

  • Diane Nassif with Guadalupe and family and friends. —Submitted photo

  • Children of El Higueral. —Submitted photo

Published: 5/24/2019 2:15:13 PM
Modified: 5/24/2019 2:15:00 PM

ATHOL — A program, “Deep Community in a Small Mountain Village in El Salvador,” by Diane Nassif, will be hosted at the Athol Public Library on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Nassif, who lives in Petersham, will present photos and details of her journey in early 2018 to a small mountain village in El Salvador with a delegation of Boston-area Unitarian Universalists and congregants from the Kansas City Christian Church. This group of people has been visiting the village, El Higueral, for the past 25 years, since the end of the civil war in El Salvador. The villagers are caught in the maelstrom of climate change and economic devastation, yet they have created a community that is self-sufficient and supportive of all of its members – with a little help from their friends from the North.

Nassif hopes to share what she learned from the villagers and her fellow travelers. She will also encourage attendees to consider the meaning of church, community, and colonialism in today's world, and to shed some light on the real impact to Salvadorans of the current TPS and DACA policies of the United States.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling the library at 978-249-9515 to reserve a seat.

The program is made possible with support from the friends of the Athol Public Library.

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