28 Jan

CoCoDA invites you to the VIRTUAL Sun and Water Conference

A virtual gathering of Central American community leaders and North American supporters to explore the incredible potential of using solar power to bring clean, affordable and sustainable water to rural Central Americans. The Need Since 2000, Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA) has been partnering with Central American communities, local NGOs, Rotary International, local Rotary Clubs, and the Washington Ethical Society in building potable water systems. While there has been significant progress, potable water continues to be a challenge in Central America. At...

28 Jan

Speakers Bureau – An approach to Central America

The CoCoDA Speakers Bureau is designed to create one-hour Zoom presentations that: Sustain positive connections between Central American and our partner universities, churches, and Clubs during the pandemic when face to face interactions in Central America are impractical. And, Generate revenue for CoCoDA during a period when we cannot sustain the income normally generated by delegations.These one-hour presentations could include one or more of the following:1.   A CoCoDA staff person presenting on a subject or theme.2.     A staff person...

29 Nov

CoCoDA responds to Covid-19 in Central America

In the months after the pandemic began, CoCoDA transitioned from our previous projects to supporting Nicaragua and El Salvador through the “Central American Relief Effort” (CARE) campaign.While we continue to sustain other programs, our priority has become supporting the response of our partners to this terrible virus. Through donors like you, we have distributed over $5,000 of masks, PP equipment and other resources.However, the need still exists, the danger is not over and we will continue to fight against the coronavirus. We have...

28 Sep

CoCoDA celebrates the life and work of Iván Villasboa

On the 50th birthday of Ivan José María Villasboa, we celebrate his life, his dedication to the people of Central America and his years of service to Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA).  On October 31st, Ivan will be retiring from his position as CoCoDA Program Director and transitioning to the CoCoDA Board of Directors. For the first time in nearly 30 years, he won’t be involved with the day to day activities of CoCoDA.  This is possible because of his diligence...

Dr. Hurtado explains how they need the resources to fight Covid-19
16 Aug

Fighting COVID-19 in Central America

In this video, Dr. Alex Hurtado and Midwife Higinia Hernandez explain how desperately they need the resources to fight Covid-19 in Central America. In El Salvador, there have been about 22,000 “reported” cases and about 600 deaths.  Nicaragua has had at least 130 deaths. These are high numbers for these small countries. There is also lots of evidence that many are dying at home and that the mortality and case rates are higher than reported.Both countries have few ventilators...

23 Jul

Aguacayo community received water through the Sun and Water Initiative

Aguacayo community, like many communities in El Salvador, was very affected during civil war. When families started to repopulate the community, they faced with a different kind of life with no water at homes. They had to walk dangerous paths to get water. Meet Carmen Amaya, one of the first inhabitants of this community and know some of the history around this issue and how CoCoDA changed their life with a new water system and then with the Sun and...

Central American Sun and Water Conference
11 Jul

Be inspired with the 2021 Central American Sun and Water conference

Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA) alongside Central American communities, local NGO’s, Rotary International, local Rotary clubs and the Washington Ethical Society have been partnering in building potable water systems.During these difficult times, much of our work in Central America has stalled, but we are still able to prepare for four new solar-powered water systems coming in 2021. These systems make possible the distribution of this vital liquid straight to homes at a low cost using renewable energy.Thanks to solar energy as...

Inauguration of the Solar-Panel Water System in Zacataloza, Nicaragua
30 Mar

Solar-powered water System to solve water issues in Zacataloza, Nicaragua

On February 1st, 2020, the community of Zacataloza, Luis Arturo Mairena the mayor of the Municipality of Ciudad Antigua, local government officials, Fredi Flores the Executive Director of MCN, the engineers, and a delegation of financial supporters from the United States gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the Solar Powered Water System in Zacataloza, Nicaragua. No more would women and children spend 3-4 hours each day traveling that path to acquire water. In 2015, Zacataloza was identified by our Nicaraguan partners as...

Education - CoCoDA
06 Mar


In CoCoDA, in collaboration with our partners, seeks to create longitudinal programs that support education from pre-school to university.Our projects are identified, designed, and managed by our partner communities. We support local elementary and secondary education that intentionally prepares for and works toward university attendance. We do not provide educational loans. Instead, we ask our scholars to provide leadership and education to others during and after their university education. Many of our scholars...

Public Health - CoCoDA
06 Mar

Public Health

CoCoDA, in collaboration with our partners, seeks to supplement and support the dedicated healthcare workers of Central America.Our healthcare initiatives are done in conjunction and cooperation with Central American healthcare providers, seeking to increase their long term capacity instead of offering intermittent interventions. We support medical brigades only when they offer skills and services unavailable within the present healthcare system. We believe North American healthcare providers have much to learn from as well as...