Zaragoza is the town in which COAR began...and still thrives.
The mayor, parish pastor, and all the businesses in town interact with COAR constantly. Together they make a strong village, and we all know it takes a village to raise a child.
Zaragoza faces challenges, like all communities in El Salvador.
We do our best to raise the children with skills, confidence, and the moral compass to avoid the temptation, pressure, or need to join a gang. Your gifts make that possible.
The Parish of Nuestra Señora del Pilar
The parish is the center of the community and is packed on Sundays. The old adobe church was lost in the great earthquakes of 2001 and this new space took many years to build. The parishioners raised most of it themselves, one dollar at a time and in the face of extortion from the gangs, but it was worth it!