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El Salvador water systems celebrate 10 years, thanks to SDOP

by Teresa Bidart It has been a long time since the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) first heard from The Community of San Luis, Aguacayo  in El Salvador. It was in 2002 when this community group sent their request for funds to install a water system for 57 families. The community members had not… Read more »

Community Financial Literacy helps refugees find jobs in Maine

Editor’s note: Claude Rwanganje provided this story of how Community Family Literacy is helping refugees find jobs in Portland, Maine. SDOP provided Community Financial Literacy with a grant to set up the programs.  By Claude Rwaganje In 2014, Community Financial Literacy, a Portland, Maine, ethnic, community-based organization, recognized the need for employment opportunities for refugee,… Read more »

Damayan Migrant Workers Association protects rights of workers

By Wayne Gnatuk | Self-Development of People Lydia finally escaped. From the Philippines, she had come to the United States as a volunteer with her church’s religious mission. At first, she did fundraising work for the church but, after two years, Lydia was sent to New Jersey to serve as a church secretary. Instead, she… Read more »

Connecting and Equipping: 45 years of helping people through SDOP

By Cynthia E. White Let’s begin this story in 1969. For 10-plus years pressure had been mounting in the nation:  the civil rights movement, the long, hot summers, and the growing rage over Vietnam. Churches across the country were feeling the heat and the pain. The churches had to get involved. And involved the United… Read more »