Community Center Inauguration in San Miguel
Ambassador Jean Manes
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 9:30 A.M., San Miguel
Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the Community Center Inauguration in San Miguel
November 7, 2017
* This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish version should be considered authoritative.
What a great joy to see everyone here today. It really makes me very happy to see the youngest but also, I don’t want to say old, I prefer to say the youngest at heart. But what does this mean? It means that there is a community and that is exactly why we are here, to strengthen your community.
I already learned about the San Miguel carnival, but I did not know that you are having two carnivals per night. I don’t know how you do that to tell the truth! I think we’re going to need a little more coffee this morning if we are to handle that every night.
There are some people who ask me: why am I so confident in El Salvador despite all its challenges? Why do I have so much confidence in El Salvador? The reason is simple: because I have so much confidence in you.
I think Guadalupe is a good example of what young people in this country can become. That they can have leadership positions like being mayor, and that they can lead this country into the future.
I have confidence in you, in each one of you. And our job as the United States government is to support your efforts from our embassy. To support what you want to do with your country. To support your dreams for your country. That is the reason why we are here in this place, because this is your dream. Our job as part of the international community, as an embassy, is to support what you want for your country.
We believe that you can achieve it. We believe that this country does have the possibility to move forward. They have talented young people. And together we can do it. But we need the support of everyone, of you, of your local government, your central government, of non-governmental organizations, and also of the international community. And I think when we all focus our efforts in you, we can move forward. We are here this morning, to support this dream of yours.
Today we are opening new doors of hope for children and young people, for families, with this center in the Santa Inés community. And this space is for you, to meet and discuss decisions as that affect the lives of all the members present here.
I would like to especially congratulate the ADESCO for being part of this project, because you are taking direct and concrete actions to support the development of your families and, therefore, your communities.
I also congratulate the Mayor for joining this effort together with our partners, the International Organization for Migration, to make this community center a reality that benefits hundreds of people.
I want to leave you with this dream. Every day is an opportunity. Every day we can make a decision to get ahead or move back. And each one of you make this decision every day with your commitment. And we will continue to support your efforts and you can count on the support of the government of the United States.
I know there are difficult days. That your actions may seem insignificant, may be small at first, but they will become the change you want to see in El Salvador. Because every action is important, and we will continue walking alongside, believing in you.