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El Salvador/Guatemala/Central America

Over the past 10 years, COFOA has leveraged over $9 million in public improvements and services. Projects include repairing parks, roads and bridges; organizing anti-violence demonstrations; securing community police, health and education services; advocating for a national water law; and a constitutional amendment making water a human right.

El Salvador/Guatemala/Central America

Over the past 10 years, COFOA has leveraged over $9 million in public improvements and services. Projects include repairing parks, roads and bridges; organizing anti-violence demonstrations; securing community police, health and education services; advocating for a national water law; and a constitutional amendment making water a human right.

Our History in Central America

Faith in Action Central America is the first international project of the Faith in Action Network. In 2002, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, Honduras, reached out to Faith in Action to explore his vision of developing grassroots leadership among ordinary people through the Central American Catholic Church.  He saw Faith in Action’s leadership development method as an important tool that complemented efforts by the church to fight poverty in all six Central American countries. Introductory trainings took place across the region over the next few years, and in 2008, Salvadoran grassroots leaders came together to launch their own organization, Comunidades de fe Organizadas para Accion (COFOA). A group of the bishops who invited Faith in Action to Central America continue to support the development of Central American organizing work and the eventual building of organizations in each country.

Faith in Action Central America builds the capacity of ordinary people to become leaders, demonstrating self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and bringing their faith values into the public arena to transform their communities into better places to live, where community members experience justice, dignity and equal opportunities.  As grassroots leaders gain confidence and skills in negotiating with public officials, civic participation is strengthened and together they find solutions to community needs.

Faith in Action/COFOA leader efforts have resulted in nearly 12 million dollars of public funding to repair streets, improve access to clean water and establish new public safety measures. COFOA is a vital partner in coalitions fighting to prevent privatization of water in El Salvador and seeking to pass a constitutional amendment naming water a human right. In addition, COFOA has participated in national and international efforts to combat violence by encouraging public health approaches. We are exploring restarting work in Guatemala and beginning work in Honduras.

The time-tested Faith in Action leadership development method is successful building leaders among low income people in El Salvador in their parishes and communities. These grassroots leaders develop their own local organizations through congregational Local Organizing Committees that lead their efforts. On-going training and support results in strong, self-sufficient leaders who bring together their communities to identify their top priorities and take action on their own behalf.

Our History in Central America

Faith in Action Central America is the first international project of the Faith in Action Network. In 2002, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, Honduras, reached out to Faith in Action to explore his vision of developing grassroots leadership among ordinary people through the Central American Catholic Church.  He saw Faith in Action’s leadership development method as an important tool that complemented efforts by the church to fight poverty in all six Central American countries. Introductory trainings took place across the region over the next few years, and in 2008, Salvadoran grassroots leaders came together to launch their own organization, Comunidades de fe Organizadas para Accion (COFOA). A group of the bishops who invited Faith in Action to Central America continue to support the development of Central American organizing work and the eventual building of organizations in each country.

Faith in Action Central America builds the capacity of ordinary people to become leaders, demonstrating self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and bringing their faith values into the public arena to transform their communities into better places to live, where community members experience justice, dignity and equal opportunities. As grassroots leaders gain confidence and skills in negotiating with public officials, civic participation is strengthened and together they find solutions to community needs.

Faith in Action/COFOA leader efforts have resulted in nearly 12 million dollars of public funding to repair streets, improve access to clean water and establish new public safety measures. COFOA is a vital partner in coalitions fighting to prevent privatization of water in El Salvador and seeking to pass a constitutional amendment naming water a human right. In addition, COFOA has participated in national and international efforts to combat violence by encouraging public health approaches. We are exploring restarting work in Guatemala and beginning work in Honduras.

The time-tested Faith in Action leadership development method is successful building leaders among low income people in El Salvador in their parishes and communities. These grassroots leaders develop their own local organizations through congregational Local Organizing Committees that lead their efforts. On-going training and support results in strong, self-sufficient leaders who bring together their communities to identify their top priorities and take action on their own behalf.

Latest News from Central America

El Salvador: Dedicating the bridge over the Rio Roldan

“No political party made this happen. This bridge was built because of our organizing.” - Juan Ramon, COFOA leaders. Anglican Bishop David Alvarado and government officials joined Juan…

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COFOA expands power base to address critical issues in El Salvador

Today, surging violence, government corruption, lack of jobs and a growing environmental crisis are forcing people to flee their country. Striving to help more people in their struggle,…

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We invite you to join a growing movement of people who are putting their money and their voices behind change that is designed and led by those who have the most at-stake. Become par of a global movement to create an equitable world.

Latest News from Central America

El Salvador: Dedicating the bridge over the Rio Roldan

“No political party made this happen. This bridge was built because of our organizing.” - Juan Ramon, COFOA leaders. Anglican Bishop David Alvarado and government officials joined Juan…

CONTINUE READING

COFOA expands power base to address critical issues in El Salvador

Today, surging violence, government corruption, lack of jobs and a growing environmental crisis are forcing people to flee their country. Striving to help more people in their struggle,…

CONTINUE READING

Make a Difference

Ready to get involved?

We invite you to join a growing movement of people who are putting their money and their voices behind change that is designed and led by those who have the most at-stake. Become par of a global movement to create an equitable world.

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