Photo of woman sitting at sewing machine showing her seamstress shop in El Salvador.

How the Global Pandemic Touches the Lives of ESPERA Women in Central America and Mexico

Even though it’s only been a couple months, mid- March feels like a lifetime ago. That’s when 15 women – all representatives of ESPERA partner organizations – and ESPERA staff joined for two days of meetings of the ESPERA Evaluation Steering Committee in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Together they continued their review and discussion of the […]

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Grants

Community-Centered, Women-Led: Ayada Leads

Mary’s Pence partners with organizations that are community-centered. This quality is one of the main criteria we use to determine whether a project qualifies for a grant. We see an...

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ESPERA

Solidarity, Love and Commitment: Adjusting ESPERA’s Work in the Pandemic

It can be difficult to work as an international team such as ESPERA at the best of times. It is especially the case during these hard times, as nations scramble...

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Community

Reflections on the MPP and Injustice at the Border

Image: Volunteers bringing supplies over the border to asylum-seekers.  Yesterday, March 11th 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld Trump's policy of forcing asylum-seekers to remain on the...

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Community

Love Your Neighbor: A Common Theme in Major Religions

The United States is a religious country. With a population of 330 million people, 185.54 million identify as religious. The major religions practiced in the US are: • Christianity –...

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Grants

Grantee Spotlight: Heartspark Press

At Mary’s Pence, we believe that all people deserve to live with dignity, free from violence and oppression, and with the opportunity to create the life they imagine for themselves...

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Grants

Grantee Spotlight: Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance

About the featured image: Members of the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance watch Mayor Jim Kenney sign the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights into law.   The Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance...

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ESPERA

Founded in Rebellion: Women Organizing for their Rights

The featured image shows ASMUR's leadership team. The woman in the image on the left is Cristina.  This history of ASMUR was written by Cristina Bernabe. Cristina was a founding...

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ESPERA program evaluation

ESPERA

Evaluation as a Collaboration Among Partners

This past year the ESPERA program turned 10 years old! In recognition of this important milestone Mary’s Pence initiated a yearlong evaluation process in collaboration with our ESPERA partners. The...

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Grants

Grantee Spotlight: Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera

Austin, Texas, is located 225 miles from the US/Mexico border. That might not seem “so close,” but grantee Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (Austin So Close to the Border)...

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