Welcome to CRECE-East Bay

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Bringing Hope Project Delegation 2016

We are the Central American Refugee Committee, also known as CRECE, located in East Oakland, CA. We are pleased to share with you our work within the Latino community.

Who we are?

The Central American Refugee Committee of the East Bay (CRECE) is a grassroots organization, whose mission is to organize and educate the Latino immigrant community to improve its social, economic and cultural conditions.

The majority of the CRECE community members are immigrants; refugees and families from El Salvador who fled the war, oppressive conditions and the deep economic depression that followed. For this reason, CRECE members make annual visits to El Salvador to bring resources to the most impoverished rural communities of El Salvador.

What we do?

  • MiCoach Soccer League
  • Youth Empowerment Programs
  • Solidarity Project, “Bringing Hope”
  • Cultural Celebrations
  • Referrals for people who are seeking social services

CRECE brings hope to rural communities of El Salvador:

As an essential part of its mission, CRECE has adopted two rural communities in El Salvador. CRECE members visit these communities once a year for a few days and hand over donated clothes, shoes, medicines, and school and sports supplies. Approximately 1500 inhabitants benefit from this project.


Bringing Hope would like to invite you to participate in our delegation to visit some rural communities in El Salvador from July 21- August 4 of 2018. CRECE’s mission will be taking hope, happiness, and solidarity to our sister communities. We are committed in working for social justice and in solidarity with the Central American people. We raise support for communities in El Salvador and in the United States, focusing on the people most in need. We are committed to the integrity that we have maintained in our work both here and abroad.

Our purpose is to take donations such as: medicine, school materials, sporting materials, clothes, and shoes. Some days we will stay in the cultural exchange communities and learn about the situations these communities live in. We will participate in meetings with the youth that has received educational scholarships as well as with various members of the community. We will develop social and cultural events. We will buy piñatas for the children and participate in the student march that commemorates the Anniversary of the Massacre on July 30th of 1979. We will have meetings with some deputies of the FMLN from the Legislative Assembly to learn about the realities our people live in currently. We will also visit the historical places of the Civil War and will leave time aside to visit recreational places.

During this visit we will also support the Store Project in Suchitoto. This support goes to assist and to implement the community economic development.

Aside from helping and sharing with the rural communities with the most impoverished people, it will be a learning and motivational experience, leaving us with the opportunity to form links to friendship and solidarity. We consider that this is the perfect moment to realize brotherhood projects with schools and other communities.

Consider this an invitation to anyone wishing to accompany us on this trip devoted to solidarity towards our humanitarian projects.

If you are interested in being part of our delegation you should notify us as soon as possible. You should make your flight reservation – a direct flight to the airport of El Salvador on July 21st to arrive at 8:00am – Your return flight is on August 4th.

Spending Approximations

  1. -Aviation ticket could cost between $600 to $800
  2. -Hotel expenses $25 per day
  3. -Transportation by land between $10-$15 daily
  4. -Food between $8 to $10 daily
  5. -There is a possibility that the expenses could be less, especially when it refers to food

Also we would ask of the participants of the Delegation to help us to take 1 suitcase with donations.

Therefore we find ourselves in the necessity of asking you for your generous support; You can help by giving monetarily or through donations of materials. Your donations are tax deductible. Another way you can help us is by organizing events, presentations, sales, celebrating birthdays or donating funds for the solidarity project.

If you speak Spanish and want more information you can contact Tulio Serrano (510) 393-9546 or send an email to creceoakland@sbcglobal.net.

If English your first language, please contact Lynne Wilkins at (510) 461-4982 or email at programs@englishcenter.edu.

In behalf of BRINGING HOPE COMMITTEE and all of our collaborating communities assisting us for this great cause, we thank you immensely for your ongoing support.

Help us help others. No matter how small your donation, it can make a huge difference.


                                    CONTRIBUTIONS  EXPENSE


Sent boxes, 8 30x 30     $2,800.00
Tournament for Peace 13 participating teams 8 women’s teams

21   men’s teams

Cultural Event in the Commonwealth

of Milingo – Food and music

Cultural Event inChalaenango Community



Purchase of piñatas

Store Project in Suchitoto

Pair of Prosthesis for a young man who lost his legs




Total $10.394

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CRECE sponsorship form individual 2014

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