|Zaragoza faces challenges
like all communities in El Salvador
Violence from organized crime gangs is a
large problem in all of El Salvador
(learn more through a PBS documentary (click))
and in Zaragoza, in particular.
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.
A great ally is our parish pastor, Padre Adonay Chicas. He puts himself at risk every time he preaches resistance to the gangs.
Zaragoza is the town in which COAR began
- and still thrives . . .
From the beginning in 1980 the community rallied around Fr. Ken and their parish of Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Before the children could move to our current location (up the hill) the townsfolk took orphans into their homes, sometimes nursing them along with their own newborns, supplied food from their small means, clothes and toys, and most of all: love and security.
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.