Continuing Education Program

CoCoDA Adjusts to the Pandemic

The pandemic has changed life for all of us – in the United States and in Central America.  One of the chief challenges for CoCoDA has been how to continue to meet our mission of connecting North Americans and Central Americans. We had to cancel all delegations during 2020 and 2021. With the Delta variant hitting Central America this month, we cancelled...


Speakers Bureau, An approach to Central America

The pandemic has shifted life in many ways.  For CoCoDA, it forced us to think more creatively.  We retooled our annual Febrero Fiesta fundraiser as a four-night internet event and TRIPLED donations and doubled attendance with people participating from a dozen states and five countries.  We took our Sun and Water Conference virtual and have already seen nearly $85,000 pledged...

Sun and Water Conference 2021

2021 Sun and Water Conference Brings North and Central Americans Together

In October of 2017, CoCoDA held its first Sun and Water Conference in Suchitoto, El Salvador.  That conference leveraged nearly $180,000 for four small, rural solar powered water projects serving about 1500 people in Central America.  Based on the success of that initiative, CoCoDA had planned another conference in October of 2020.  Of course, we hadn’t planned on a pandemic.That...


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...