We visited a local community with a population of about 1,500 people living in approximately 460 homes. This urban community represents one of many that exist outside of San Salvador (the capital city), and most of these communities face similar issues and challenges.
What are the social justice issues?
Urban communities face many challenges–poverty, youth gangs, limited educational opportunities, denial of public assistance, etc.–and that’s just to name a few of the social justice issues. Most people often face real poverty: a lack of fresh food, a lack of fresh water, and a lack of healthcare and economic opportunities, which all contribute to the harshness of reality in the urban communities.
Why is there not more public assistance for these communities? The social problems are multiple and reinforced by one another. For example, a lack of education means a lack of communal progress and a lack of appropriate skills necessary to achieve public assistance. Thus, very few organizations exist that support their communities directly, and GO’s (governmental organizations) limit the available funding for these communities. Through an intersectional lens we can see how difficult it is for these communities to sustain themselves against the systems oppression.