Gangs Threaten All Civil Society: Worst violence since the WAR

“The violence is terrible.  Gangs occupy every inch of this country.  If you are young and you enter a neighborhood where you don’t live, they will shoot you dead on the spot.  It has not been this bad since the war!  No one is safe” remarked Rebeca (name changed for her protection).   During our last […]

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Romero’s Message Needed to Solve Gang Violence in El Salvador

In May of 2015, there were more than 600 murders in El Salvador – a country with a population of approximately 6 million.  The Salvadoran Civil War ended almost 20 years ago, but, the wonderful people of El Salvador have not seen the ‘peace’ promised by the Peace Accords! To be honest, the old left-right […]

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Salvadoran Father in US Counsels Kids to Seek Legal Route to US: Border Too Dangerous

With an election year close at hand, it is helpful to remind ourselves of the people behind the stories.  We will briefly describe the case of legal immigrant Carlos Leveron and how his story fits into the national narrative on Immigration.  But, to begin, some facts to consider: In the past 5 years, there has […]

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Surrounded by Gang Violence: Can Hope & Peace Be Nurtured?

March 26th, 2015, 1am:  violence and bloodshed shatter the Salavadoran night in our neighboring town of San Jose Villanueva.  This quiet, unimposing, hillside community just a few minutes from the Pacific coast to the south and COAR to the west, erupted in bloody violence as the Salvadoran National Civil Police entered the town that it […]

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Preventing the BORDER CRISIS by Building School & Team Spirit in Zaragoza

As nearly all Americans are now aware, there has been a large influx of undocumented children coming to the United States alone or unattended by their parents.  While this issue raises many political questions at home in the US, it also creates an opportunity to discuss preventative actions that can be taken in Central America […]

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Border Crisis: COAR helps Children Within El Salvador to build a stronger El Salvador

COAR helps Children within El Salvador to build a stronger El Salvador and a better future for all Salvadorans. As the crisis on the US/Mexican border continues to heat up, one thing is clear. COAR is working today within El Salvador to feed, to protect and to educate Salvadoran children. While violence, extreme poverty and lack of […]

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Crisis at the US Border: What does Jesus tell us to do? A Catholic quandry or is it?

While the pundits and politians rant and rave, one reality remains: children are fleeing the rampant violence and poverty in their home countries and are making their way to the desert South West in search of safety and a universal hope for a better tomorrow. Since October, 2013, according to the LA Times, more than 47,000 […]

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