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The Last Shall Be First

RIP Raúl Antonio SánchezMarch 18, 2000 – January 9, 2022 by Mary Stevenson, COAR Executive Director Raúl’s first sponsorship photo – age 14 – spring 2014 Raúl’s most recent sponsorship photo – age 21 – fall 2021 One of our most treasured residents, Raúl Antonio Sánchez, died of complications from Marfan’s syndrome on Sunday, January …

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Your Gifts are a Living Posada

Providing our Children Room at the Inn A “posada” is a traditional procession during the nine days before Christmas in Latin America. (The COAR children staged it in November when we visited.) A couple, playing Mary and Joseph, knock on doors asking for a room. The “innkeepers” behind the room refuse them entry. (Sometimes the …

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Watercolor original by: Marie Spaeder Haas

December 2021 – Executive Director’s Reflections & News from El Salvador

Telling the Story Did you ever wonder how the COAR News comes together? I approach it as telling the story of the COAR children and the world in which they live. I usually do it by looking at the latest pictures and thinking, “What story can I tell from these pictures?” Let me tell you, …

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The Professionalism that Leads to Healing

Natural Disasters and Personal Trauma Professionalism Deals with All of It El Salvador (and COAR) WILL be hit with an earthquake, hurricane, or wildfire in the near future. It is inevitable. But COAR will be ready for them. Other traumas, childhood traumas, abuse and violence, these, too, require preparation and professional training. COAR’s professional staff consists of a “technical team” which has …

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Watercolor original by: Marie Spaeder Haas

September 2021 – Executive Director’s Reflections & News from El Salvador

PRIVACY, DIGNITY, SAFETY As most of you know, the COAR children come from tough backgrounds. They are victims of abuse that is sometimes horrific, often terrifying, and always humiliating. Healing shame is an important part of the staff’s work with the children. It is always a difficult balance for us to tell you about them …

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