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 – 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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Sponsors Visit COAR & Teach English in the High School

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 […]

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COAR’s School chosen as Launching Point for Salvadoran Government’s Free Lunch program

COAR’s School was chosen by the Salvadoran Ministry of Education as the launching point for the government’s new initiative to combat child delinquency, gang recruitment and hunger.  Throughout the third world, 7th, 8th and 9th graders attend school for 5 hours each day – usually in the morning starting at 7am.  But, at noon, they […]

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1st time ever: COAR WINNER: Scholarship to the Jesuit University (UCA)

COAR had a simple beginning.  War was raging in the countryside and displaced families, women and children were fleeing to the outskirts of San Salvador for safety.  A Cleveland priest working in the parish of Zaragoza in El Salvador noticed the growth in child war refugees and decided to do something about it.  Through the […]

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Raising them through to graduation

  Mercy, raised at COAR since 2005, earned a college scholarship to the Jesuit University of Central America. Gamaliel, raised at COAR since 2006, earned a scholarship to a technical college. Rosario was raised at another orphanage. When it closed in 2011 she came to COAR. She has a nursing internship at the hospice that […]

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Teaching English-This is pretty funny

  The lessons were carefully constructed with verbs and useful vocabulary for the scenario: “What do you say when you enter a clothing store?” And then . . . The video shows the serious purpose of teaching English (St. Edward and Beaumont High Schools, June 2016). At minute 3:25, you’ll see chase scenes. You’ll ask, […]

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Kindergarten & High School Graduation 2015

The COAR family is proud to announce the graduation of three of our long time residents:  Juan Carlos, Ingrid and Yesenia.  All three of these young adults are talented, caring, hardworking and dependable.  It is always sad to say goodbye to kids at graduation but we all know that everyone needs to leave the nest […]

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Two great new workshops: Dress Making & Handicrafts

Anyone with teenagers knows that kids are not always “motivated” by the intrinsic joy of traditional academics. Now, COAR offers several wonderful semester long workshops designed to supplement the traditional academic disciplines.  These workshops play a much larger role than you might, at first, suspect.   Pictured above, three graduates from the dress making workshop […]

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Arts and Crafts Workshop – just one of many programs featured during the Independence Day Celebrations

As part of the annual Independence Day festivities, COAR’s school took the opportunity to shine a spotlight on its highly successful new workshops.  Pictured above, long time COAR resident Ignacio, shows off some of his creations from the Arts and Crafts workshop.  The day was extra special because following a series of patriotic and civic […]

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