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“You cannot reap what you have not sown. How are we going to reap love in our community, if we only sow hate?” - Archbishop Oscar Romero

Finishing the School at El Roble

In 1981, at the height of the Salvadoran civil war, the El Roble School was bombed and destroyed. When families returned in the early 90s, rebuilding homes and farms was priority. The school remained in ruins.

For many years, young people in El Roble have been forced to walk two miles to elementary school and ten miles for high school. Some youth stop making that walk, ending their education and decreasing their opportunities for the future. The people of El Roble have long dreamed of a day when their school would be restored.

In 2012, with a promise from the government to provide teachers, CoCoDA and our partners began rebuilding the school. Delegations from Berea, River Road UU, Guilford College and DePauw University came to demolish the old walls and begin raising new ones. In one year, a third of the school was completed.

Unfortunately, an increase in gang violence in El Salvador frightened many delegations away and the construction slowed. The ruins were gone, but a half finished school remained. This has been a deep disappointment to the village and to CoCoDA.

In 2017, we want to finish the El Roble School. We have divided the uncompleted work into three parts - the roofing of the final two classrooms, the completion of the kitchen and the completion of the restroom. When complete, the school complex will look like the photo the below.

In order for the school to be completed, we need your help. The village and CoCoDA have raised $3,000. Finishing the classrooms will take about $3,000. The kitchen will take about $2,500 to complete. The restrooms can be finished for about $2,500. All together we need to raise an additional $5,000.

You can help us complete the school by organizing a group to raise these dollars. You can donate specifically for this project on our website. You can share our story and our crowdfunding page with your friends and family. Ninety percent of every dollar will go directly to materials and construction.

Help us make 2017 the year when the children of El Roble have their own school.