What do the children write about? These are children, after all, so they write about their daily lives: chores, homework, how much they like chicken and soccer. But as they grow and mature, their letters reflect new horizons. An exciting new development is captured in this letter, written by Luz, (see translation, right.) When 50 […]
We send a three-page translation guide with all the letters to all the schools. The words are different but the ideas are universal.
From the Peace Mission’s Executive Director By Mary K. Stevenson Solidarity & Generosity Our translation program with high schools began in 2004, when I, in my first official act as Executive Director stood in front of a closet full of suitcases and boxes of untranslated letters from the previous few years. They had renovated our […]
Given the long history of distrust & struggle in El Salvador, the historic lack of transparency, the limited income tax system and frankly the war – El Salvador does not have a very rich tradition of domestic charitable cash giving. The country simply never developed a habit of major and widespread (cash) philanthropy. People simply […]
A group of wonderful parishioners from St. Rita Parish, Ohio, traveled to El Salvador to visit their projects in the mountaintop town of Teotepeque and spent one morning teaching English at the COAR high school and visiting with the COAR children. The day began by teaching four sections of high school English. But, this was […]
For most US-based international charities, it is always our hope that faith and trust in the project can lead to the genesis of local-born support for the charity. The Board at COAR Peace Mission has always hoped that we could lead by example and one day build a volunteer or donor base within El […]
Mothers’ Legacies at COAR No one can replace a lost mother. But COAR is privileged to provide love and security to children who have lost their mothers. It is often sponsors, called “Godmother” by the children, that supply that sense of security, that someone cares what happens to them, cares what is happening in school, in their houses, […]
When the Salvadoran Civil War was ravaging the country, destroying families and generating countless widows and orphans daily, our Founder, Father Ken, was focused on sheltering, protecting, feeding and clothing the growing mass of war-orphaned Salvadoran children. There was one clear over-arching goal: protect the children so that they could survive the war. 35 years […]