| May 14, 2022
Honoring Ancestral Traditions & Mother Earth
Day of the Cross decoration
It is May and we are in the thick of the school year here at Amún Shéa.
If you've been with us for some time, you probably already know that Amún Shéa means 'tierra de semillas' or 'land of seedlings' in the native Lenca Potón language. The Lenca are a Mesoamerican indigenous people of southwestern Honduras and eastern El Salvador, which includes the Morazán region where our students and their families live and trace their ancestral roots. It is no coincidence that our name is derived from the Lenca language. At Amún Shéa, we are committed to preserving ancestral memory. This commitment aligns directly with honoring Mother Earth through our daily habits and actions as well as through special campaigns and holidays.
On April 22nd, in unison with others across the globe, our Amún Shéa community celebrated ‘Earth Day’ (see photo). It may sound like an exaggeration, but we really mean it when we say that every day is Earth Day at Amún Shéa. Honoring Mother Earth by protecting and respecting natural resources is at the core of our DNA. This is reflected in our teachings, our student investigations, and our greater reforestation efforts at PEOF. It is precisely why our students were named Earth Heroes in the Prensita of La Prensa Gráfica (a national Salvadoran media outlet) last year.
On May 3rd, our Amún Shéa community celebrated ‘Dia de la cruz’ or ‘ Day of the Cross’ (see photo). This particular day represents a fusion of Spanish religious tradition and Native/indigenous cultural practices to express gratitude and ask for prosperity.
Thank you for helping to make Amún Shéa possible. We are so grateful and remain in great need of your support today.
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