New COFOA organizer, Karla Arenivar, led a meeting at St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church where leaders from the parish and surrounding community gathered to share the challenges their families face on a daily basis in the Amatepec neighborhood of Soyopango. Your support is helping them launch an organizing campaign in this troubled community to address priority issues.
Wilber Hernandez supports leadership teams from St. Rose of Lima Parish in many neighborhoods across Cuidad de Arce, the capital of La Libertad Department where 750,000 people live. When Wilber heard about the death of sixteen year old Cindy Vides, he was moved to action. Cindy was holding her baby when she was hit by a speeding bus as she tried crossing the busy Pan American Highway. Cindy died, but her month old baby survived. Last month Cindy’s mother and sister joined other COFOA leaders to show the Mayor and Public Works Engineers the spot where this awful accident happened. They came away with a promise for new traffic signs and a pedestrian overpass. Your support will help them win.
Jose Reyes works with communities in La Paz. He is supporting six communities fighting to get legal titles to their properties. La Galilea took on a fight with corrupt corporations to claim legal titles to their homes. After two years of community meetings, protests, and actions, leaders forced elected representatives to pass needed legislation. Now, 80 families call their houses HOME. Seeing their example, six other communities have launched a similar campaign to secure deeds. Last month more than 100 more people demonstrated in front of Argoz, the corporation that fraudulently sold land without proper titles. Your support is helping COFOA leaders fight to make El Salvador their home.