Honoring Harriet (Jenny) Bromley
On Saturday, August 25th, Harriet (Jenny) Bromley attended her final CoCoDA Board meeting with a mixture of sadness and satisfaction. After thirty years of service, a dozen visits to Central America, thousands of dollars in donations and many enduring relationships with Central Americans, she reluctantly passed the baton on to a younger group of visionaries. Harriet noted, “The present Board is one of the strongest we’ve ever had.” Of course, she seldom mentions that without her faithfulness CoCoDA might not exist.
Harriet (Jenny) Bromley made her first visit to El Salvador in 1990 with Building With The Voiceless of El Salvador. It was an eye, mind and heart opening experience that would change the trajectory of her life. Soon after, in 1993, she became a member of the original board of directors for a young non-profit called Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA). Indeed, she helped write its first mission statement – one which balanced the need to assist Central Americans and educate North Americans. When times were tough, Harriet and her husband, Richard, often donated or loaned the funds necessary to keep CoCoDA operating. In 2010, when CoCoDA nearly closed its doors, she was one of those who refused to allow the mission to fail. Harriet says, "I will fondly remember listening, interacting, sharing, working, chatting and dancing with the people of Central America."
At her final board meeting, Executive Director Jim Mulholland presented Harriet with a framed print of a young Salvadoran boy carrying a M-16 - an odd gift without interpretation. Mulholland explained, “When Harriet first visited El Salvador, she saw children carrying weapons of war. Thanks to her work, the children of El Salvador now carry book bags and soccer balls. She fought for them so they would no longer need to fight.”
Those who know and appreciate Harriet (Jenny) Bromley are encouraged to make a donation in her honor. Those wishing to express that appreciation directly can do so at email@example.com.