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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

2017 Sun and Water Conference

On October 27-29, 2017, 26 North Americans and 25 Central Americans gathered in Suchitoto, El Salvador for a Sun and Water Conference sponsored by CoCoDA, Whole Sun Designs, the West Foundation and the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. People from different cultures and speaking different languages gathered to explore using solar power to bring clean water to Central American communities.

They visited the Zacamil Dos solar powered system, one of the first community based systems in Central America. In tours led by community members, they learned how solar power brought inexpensive, clean water and changed lives.

They visited and investigated two communities, Aguacayo and El Roble, that are planning to add solar power to their present water systems. They heard about a new solar powered system planned for Zacataloza, Nicaragua.


They heard presentations by solar power engineer, Ryan Zaricki, as well as by community leaders representing $110,000 of solar powered projects and ended the conference with nearly $40,000 in pledges toward those projects.

Representatives from the College of Wooster, River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Union Church of Berea, and nearly a dozen Rotary Clubs in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Ontario and Indiana returned home inspired to promote these projects. This short video summarizes the excitement and possibility of the conference in story and picture.

Sun and Water Conference Video

Those interested in joining these champions in fundraising for these amazing projects should contact info@cocoda.org to learn how they can be part of this ground breaking initiative.