Papal Nuncio Present at COAR Confirmations

  On June 8th, 2014, six COAR children celebrated their confirmation at COAR’s parish church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar.  It was an especially memorable event for everyone as the Papal Nuncio joined Father Adonai for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  COAR’s director, Administrative Staff, Housemothers were joined by children, relatives, God Parents and friends who […]

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Preventing the BORDER CRISIS by Building School & Team Spirit in Zaragoza

As nearly all Americans are now aware, there has been a large influx of undocumented children coming to the United States alone or unattended by their parents.  While this issue raises many political questions at home in the US, it also creates an opportunity to discuss preventative actions that can be taken in Central America […]

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Letting Kids Be Kids: OFF TO THE MOVIES!

    In May, COAR’s director rewarded 20 of our kids for their excellent grades at the end of the  1st grading period and their overall good behavior. She sought out Salvadoran sponsors who paid for a rare field trip to a Cinemark movie theater to watch the newly released Spiderman 2. The kids were well […]

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COAR’s Strong Families Program

Catholic Relief Services developed a program to strengthen family bonds and build values through group activities and guided conversations. Two volunteers from CARITAS adapted that program especially for our community. Each weekend, a group of COAR children participate. From safety, to education, food, healthcare, spirituality, and skills for improving interpersonal relationships, this is just one […]

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Visit to Esquipulas

In the spring of 2014, two COAR students, Diana and Mercedes, were honored with a trip to the town of Esquipulas in southeastern Guatemala due to their outstanding grades. Members of the local Parish, Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza, were making a pilgrimage to Esquipulas and invited these top scholars to join them […]

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COAR RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS: Sustainable Farming

During the WAR years, COAR had as many as 6 fulltime farmers on staff who tended our fields. Although COAR sits on the side of a small mountain ridge, it is actually quite possible to farm on the side of a hill. Today, while effective cost-cutting strategies have eliminated those positions, the COAR school, working […]

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