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Join group in helping people in Central America

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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Join group in helping people in Central America

The recent media and political attention to the plight of children and families detained in the U.S. Southwest, from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, is a tragic reminder of many things, not the least of which is the poverty and violence enveloping the lives of our Central American neighbors.

The flight of a spirited people from their homelands under conditions that are very dangerous and emotionally heart wrenching, (separation from family) is known as the “journey of hope (la caminata de esperanza”).

The people of Central America have suffered deeply for years, many of the countries enduring civil wars that barely lifted the fog of despair. The legacy of poverty, neglect and violence remains. This is why the “journey of hope winds up on the U.S. doorstep.”

In 2006, a small group of volunteers from the lower Adirondack region formed a non-profit, Nueva Esperanza del Norte Inc. (New Hope from the North).

Our volunteer effort, with help from Skidmore College, SUNY Adirondack, Clarkson and Tufts University, has brokered educational and immersion opportunities for 13 college-aged students from El Salvador. The goal for each student is to return home to El Salvador, not only with a classic educational experience, but with an inspired cultural and leadership world view, that will help prepare a generation of possibilities and hope, that may someday reduce or even eliminate the need to seek hope and opportunity outside one’s native, Central American geographic borders.

While traveling through El Salvador, heading toward the mountainous border with Honduras, I came across a disintegrating concrete bridge, with these words written in Spanish: “There is enough food in this world, why are so many of us still hungry?” This is a very good question.

If you would like to help shape the future of hope for families in Central America, please contact NEDN by e-mail at: or

Kevin O’Brien

Saratoga Springs

The writer is president of Nueva Esperanza del Norte Inc.



July 2, 2014
11:31 a.m.
+1 votes
buzzy says...

The immigrant heritage is ingrained into this country. The difference is these latest waves of immigrants are without control. We have no idea who is crossing the border into this country. One of the most violent criminal gangs is MS13 a strictly El Salvadorian membered gang. We need to know who is coming here. The vast majority of immigrants followed the rules to establish themselves here and also came to employment. What do we do with these people? The humanitarian need is there but last I looked things aren't that great for many CITIZENS here.


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