Tamanique is a small town in the mountains of La Libertad about 16km from the Pacific Ocean and not far from the capital San Salvador. There are between 18,000 and 20,000 inhabitants, many of whom are living in the ‘cantons’ or settlements which surround the centre. Although Tamanique is called a town, it is also a rural area and most people work at subsistence farming in the maize fields.
Tamanique was one of our first missions in El Salvador. A parish school was set up by the congregation which now has 340 students. It is hoped to expand the school to accommodate extra grades. We work closely with the town administration and our sisters are responsible for all the pastoral work in the parish.