Barbara Babin was a member of the original support committee for Carmen Broz's leading to return to El Salvador and she also worked with the Meeting's efforts to provide sanctuary to Salvadoran refugees. She has recently returned to the committee after several years of involvement with Quaker youth groups. Barbara currently serves as a principal organizer of the teen service-learning trips which acquaint youth from the U.S. with the realities of every day life in El Salvador (for more information click on "teen trips".) In her work life Barbara has spent the past twenty years as a bilingual educator and administrator, and currently serves as a teacher coach. In her free time Barbara enjoys playing music with her husband, Jim, and facilitating Alternatives to Violence Workshops.
Jamie and Marion Newton have been supporters of the el Salvador Projects since Carmen Broz began them in the mid-1980’s, through the Palo Alto Friends Meeting in California, where Jamie is a member, and the Gila Friends Meeting in New Mexico, where Marion is a member. Their families and the Broz family became close friends when all were members of the Phoenix Friends Meeting in Arizona in the 1950’s, when Marion and Jamie were young children. Both Jamie and Marion are teachers – Jamie is a Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University, and Marion teaches kindergarten at Peninsula School in Menlo Park. They spend the academic year in California and the summer in New Mexico, where their family members include two grandchildren. Both Marion and Jamie are fluent in Spanish. They visited the projects in El Salvador together in 2004, as part of the first delegation of project supporters, and Jamie returned for a second visit in 2006.
Paul EngstromI am a retired Social Worker, 90 years of age, having retired in 1983 after having had past employment for 30 years in the Mental Hygiene Departments of the State of California, of the Borough of Romford, Essex, England and of the Santa Clara County of California.
Since the early 1950´s, I have attended Society of Friends Meetings in Hayward Ca., Romford, England and Palo Alto, Ca. where I presently attend. During the years, I have been mainly active as member of Peace and Social Action Committee.After retiring, I talked with Carmen Broz, of Palo Alto Friends Meeting who was a founding member of South Bay Sanctuary Covenant, an organization of churches and individuals which was giving sanctuary and assisting refugees from the civil war in El Salvador in their becoming members of Palo Alto community. I admired Carmen's energy, dedication and busy activities on behalf of the El Salvador people and agreed to become a member of the Steering Committee of South Bay Sanctuary Covenant and have continued as an individual committee member ever since.In 1988 I went on a delegation visiting Human Rights groups struggling under the repressive regime and war in El Salvador, Impressed with the courage and their needs led me to volunteer as a vehicle driver in truck caravans in 1990 and 1993 delivering donated trucks and their material aid cargoes to the people of El Salvador. My last visit to El Salvador was volunteering as a National Election Observer in the national election of 1994.
I regret I am unable to further visit people and projects in El Salvador but ever since Carmen Broz developed the El Salvador Committee, of Palo Alto Friends Meeting I have been a member of the Committee and continue with faith in the success of our projects there.
In peace and solidarity Paul Engstrom
Hulda Muaka was born in Kenya, Africa and came to the United States 20 years ago as the spouse of a graduate student. Prior to coming to America Hulda worked as a journalist with the Kenyan Government for ten years, a period that really opened her eyes to the fact that individuals can really change societies. Meeting Carmen Broz at the Palo Alto Friends Meeting in 2002 confirmed for Hulda that an individual could actually change the lives of many. In the States, Hulda has worked as an administrative associate for The Language Center at Stanford University, Ecumenical Black Campus Ministry, and Wesley Foundation at UCLA. She has also worked as a caregiver to people of all ages including her own children, Dennis and Agidza Muaka. She has served as a board member on the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theater for the last four years and is currently the Program advertising coordinator.
Erin Cizina our newest board member writes:
“I am Erin Cizina, a mom, technical writer,
linguist, and craft geek. I have been a Quaker since 2008 and am a member of Pima Monthly Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. I joined the El Salvador Committee because I have always had a strong interest in Mexico and Central America and I have family ties there. Since education is one of the best ways to change people’s lives for the better, I feel that this program is one of the most effective ways that we can improve conditions for the people of El Salvador.”
Erin updates our Facebook page. She is also our current correspondent with the Latin American Concerns Committee of Pacific Yearly Meeting and she is the one who will be thanking you for your donations.