Suchitoto Midwives Association work alongside IU students of Medicine in communities of El Salvador
09 Sep

Suchitoto Midwives Association – Guardians of Life at the service of the community

According to the United Nations “Midwives are the backbone of maternal health systems, as they perform tasks that go far beyond attending deliveries, they provide support to women in their most vulnerable moments and day after day, they defend the human right of women to have safe pregnancy and delivery”.Since 2014, CoCoDA has worked alongside the Suchitoto Midwives Association through the ENLACE Global Health program that brings students from the Indiana University School of Medicine to work alongside midwives providing...

26 Feb

DePauw University supports the work of the CRC and the community radio station in Suchitoto

CRC Suchitoto, our partner in El Salvador, received four computers as a donation from DePauw University. The computers were completely refurbished and loaded with Spanish language software. They will be used by CRC and the community radio station in Suchitoto. Thank you to DePauw and Professor Doug Harms for obtaining and refurbishing the computers. If you want to support our communities in El Salvador and Nicaragua, you can do your donation and/or contact Jim Mulholland info@cocoda.org 317-503-5852 ...

Introduction to the history of El Salvador - CoCoDA
30 Jan

Seventeen Centre College students study and work in Santa Marta and Masatepeque, El Salvador

Seventeen students from Centre College, Kentucky visited Santa Marta, Cabañas and Masatepeque in Suchitoto in a course of study and service learning. During sixteen days, Centre College students were part of the two communities, living in homestays and working side by side while learning the culture, the history and lifestyles of the local people. In Santa Marta, the students visited CoCoSI (a HIV/AIDS prevention organization), Sueños de Madera (a woodworking cooperative) and the Organic Farming Cooperative of the Santa Marta community. At each...

Composting Latrines in Nicaragua
29 Oct

Composting Latrines in Nicaragua, a sustainable solution to public health issues

In 2015, CoCoDA introduced the idea of composting latrines in several communities in Nicaragua. An alternative to traditional latrines, composting latrines both protect the watershed and provide the opportunity to use the waste for fertilizer for agriculture. Initially, CoCoDA established six composting latrine demonstration sites in four different communities to introduce the approach and provide training. After visiting the sites to evaluate how the communities were using the composting latrines, CoCoDA assisted in the construction of latrines in houses with the...

Composting Latrines in Zacataloza, Nicaragua
03 Oct

Composting Latrines, an initiative in Nicaragua

Nicaragua Composting Latrine Project In March of 2018, delegations from Indiana University and West Virginia University completed the final two composting latrine demonstration sites in our six site initiative. We now have six demonstration composting latrines in four communities – Zacataloza, Cacao, La Sabanita, and Aguas Calientes. These composting latrines are being used by school children as well as community members and utilized to teach the advantages of composting latrines. In December of 2018, staff will evaluate the training regimen, maintenance and...

IU Med Students in El Salvador, CoCoDA
03 Oct

Indiana University Medical Students get a new experience living in El Salvador in September 2019

During September, as part of the Indiana University School of Medicine ENLACE program, four fourth-year medical students traveled to El Salvador for a family medicine rotation at the Health Center, La Mora Clinic, National Hospital, and Suchitoto Association of Midwives. They worked alongside Salvadoran doctors and the midwives three days each week. They also learned about the similarities and differences between the cultures and healthcare systems. They visited historical and cultural sites to learn about Salvadoran history and immersed themselves in...

La Mora Clinic - CoCoDA
30 May

La Mora Clinic offers quality healthcare

The La Mora clinic has long been an example of a local controlled clinic offering accessible, quality healthcare to the working poor. In 2014, La Mora clinic served nearly 12,000 people. CoCoDA works with partners like Resurrection Catholic Parish in Canton, MI to provide financial support to the clinic in the form of salaries, medications and equipment. La Mora is also one of the clinical sites for students and faculty from the Indiana University Department of Family Medicine. In collaboration with...