December 2018 – Your Gifts Break the Cycle of Poverty with Jobs

Three of our grads (graduation in El Salvador is in November): Ana Ruth, Claudia, and Heycel have been offered full time jobs after graduation.     COAR has been seeking to break the cycle of poverty. Thanks to your gifts, and some very hard work by the Children’s Village staff over the past few years, a […]

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December 2018 – An Orphanage That Doesn’t Seem Like An Orphanage

This article was excerpted from: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/08/09/620285963/an-orphanage-that-doesnt-seem-like-an-orphanage ~ it shows that COAR has the ideal structure, and culture, for this kind of foster-care facility [excerpt:] Orphanages are falling out of favor. . . The big question is: Would he fare any better if he were living with his biological parents? Duke University professor Kathryn Whetten isn’t […]

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December 2018 – Celebrating St. Romero’s Canonization at COAR

Ignacio won the school-wide St. Romero Poem Contest:   The Salvadoran Traveler By Ignacio Cruz From one corner to another, then to all parts, an announcement to the world was proclaimed; the clamor of thousands of mouths and bells rang out from my tiny, scandalized country. So small is my land but yet so invincible, […]

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Watercolor original by: Marie Spaeder Haas

December 2018 – Executive Director’s Reflections & News from El Salvador

From the Peace Mission’s Executive Director By Mary K. Stevenson My Trail of Tears Monday, October 29th, on my way to see friends of COAR in SE Tennessee, I, literally, drove on the Trail of Tears. That is the path the Cherokee marched when President Andrew Jackson forced them off their land and out to western […]

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September 2018 – say good-bye and good luck to 6 graduates in 2018

As We Welcome New Children, Six Will Graduate in November – with DIGNITY, A Former Intera Returns to Celebrate the Baptism of Her Baby   Enjoy these first sponsorship photos of the grads. Some have been with COAR most of their lives, some are fairly new. Like Maria Cristina, below the slideshow, all will have a […]

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More About Cardinal Rosa Chavez

COAR, the Community of Oscar A. Romero, is the oldest extant organization in the world to carry the name of Oscar Romero with the approval of the Archdiocese of San Salvador. Oscar Romero will be canonized in the fall of 2018. Note from COAR’s Executive Director: On April 28th, COAR honored Romero’s long-time friend and […]

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