Centro Arte para la Paz, Suchitoto

In the Santa Imelda School and Convent, Suchitoto. Centro Arte para la Paz opened in 2005 as a place of alternative and creative education and building a culture of peace. It has a lovely café with reasonably priced food and wifi, It’s open for breakfast and lunch. I me some remarkable people there. The Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation worked here from 1917 until 1980, when they were obliged to abandon the school because of  civil war violence.

I met Dan Jones at the café. He is living in El Salvador for one year as a recipient of a US Student Fulbright Research Grant. Follow his blog to learn more.

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This display at the lake tells the story of the building

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Display at the lake

They aim to raise money to restore the chapel. aP1190526 aP1190534 aP1190535

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you can see some of the original timber in the ceiling beams – the ones that look like branches.

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In a land of earthquakes the new structure needs to be ultra strong.

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Each ball represents a village in the Suchitoto area

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Part of a large image that shows all the villages. These graphics depict daily life

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Some of the beautiful art created at the centre

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Colourful handmade serviette holder in the cafe

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