It’s a Fiesta!

(Photo credit: Nuestra Señora del Pilar parish Facebook page) In every little town in El Salvador (there are 262 of them!), you’ll find, once a year, the fiestas patronales of that town. Originating as a celebration of the feast day of the town’s patron saint, the fiestas are a cross between a county fair, a […]

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Faces of Resilience and Healin

Dignity, Privacy, Safety, Human Trafficking…Courage and Resilience. Safety – that’s why we are obscuring the faces of minors on our website. Thanks for understanding. Margarita, like most of our teen girls these past several years, came to us in from an abusive situation. She also has a severe spinal problem that is being diagnosed and […]

September 2023 – Executive Director’s Reflections & News from El Salvador

Let’s Talk About Child Trafficking With this summer’s popularity of the movie, The Sound of Freedom, we welcome the attention to human, and child, trafficking. So, let’s talk about “child trafficking”. It conjures images of abduction by strangers, transport across legal jurisdictions, huge amounts of money changing hands, and shadowy “consumers” of those trafficked. The […]

Before You Leave For the Summer…

Gifts from – and for – schools! Thank You! Padua Franciscan High School (Parma, OH) Magnificat High School (Rocky River, OH) Edison High School (Milan, OH) Desks for our school Stoves and refrigerators Reading the instructions, thanks to education Magnificat! Your gift of $750 from The Hispanic/Latina Student Association uniform-free day has helped us to […]

What We Did on Our Summer Vacation

As many of you know, and may have even experienced this summer, a portion of COAR’s funding is raised through the Mission Cooperative Plan or “mission appeal” at various churches around North America. Our speakers often enjoy meeting new supporters, connecting with people about El Salvador or our mission, and even occasionally running into donors […]

More about Fr. Juan Carlos

This blog article is a follow-up to our August e-mail feature article about meeting Fr. Juan Carlos Tejada, a COAR school graduate and now  pastor of one of the parishes we visited this summer! Father Juan Carlos grew up in San José Villanueva, the next town over from Zaragoza, where COAR is located. He is the oldest […]