Surrounded by Gang Violence: Can Hope & Peace Be Nurtured?

March 26th, 2015, 1am:  violence and bloodshed shatter the Salavadoran night in our neighboring town of San Jose Villanueva.  This quiet, unimposing, hillside community just a few minutes from the Pacific coast to the south and COAR to the west, erupted in bloody violence as the Salvadoran National Civil Police entered the town that it […]

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COAR High School Medical Track Students To the Rescue!

In March 2015, a wonderful group of students from the College of Wooster visited COAR and taught English in the high school.  It was a great visit. The College of Wooster students taught English in pairs with 4-6 COAR students at a time.  That is a student-teacher language ratio of potentially 1:2.  Wow!  All of […]

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March 2015 Newsletter page 1

Four Internos Moving On . . . Then and Now # 1 – Veronica – Transition to Adulthood with Real Job Skills and Experience Veronica was one of several COAR internos selected by the Hotel Intercontinental Real, San Salvador, for a prestigious hotel internship program in 2014. While attending the regular high school, participants in […]

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March 2015 Newsletter page 2 and 3

Four Internos Moving On . . . Then and Now   # 2 & 3 Cristina and Marta Alicia, Sisters – Ready for a New Home   Marta Alicia turned 18 last month and the Child Protection Agency, ISNA, decided she should live with a relative. Cristina, 16, was allowed to leave with her.   […]

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March Newsletter 2015 pages 4 and 5

Archbishop Romero ~ Beatified May 23rd COAR is the oldest extant organization to carry Msgr. Romero’s name with the blessing of the Archdiocese of San Salvador Above, Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, (murdered Dec. 2, 1980) took these pictures of Msgr. Romero when he visited the town next to where COAR stands today. Below are The […]

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March Newsletter 2015 pages 6 and 7

From the Peace Mission’s Executive Director By Mary K. Stevenson If you will indulge me, the memorial gifts below are for my father, John D. Stevenson, who died on October 30th. What I wrote to those who gave in his memory seems equally suited to all the COAR children’s supporters: “COAR may seem an odd […]

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