News

20Mar

Rotary Tour to El Salvador, June 9-14, 2022

COME SEE WHAT ROTARIANS HAVE ACCOMPLISHEDIn 2021, Rotarians across the US and Canada have contributed over $31,000 to the construction of solar-powered water systems in Central America in collaboration with CoCoDA.  The first of these projects is complete.  $3,500 of these funds came from Ohio Rotary clubs.Ohio Rotarians are invited to celebrate the inauguration of the Acrasame Solar Powered Water...

Continuing Education Program
02Oct

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...

Leaders who make CoCoDA strong
06Sep

Leaders Who Make CoCoDA Strong

Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA) was established in 1992, as an extension of the work of Building With the Voiceless of El Salvador (BVES) which was founded by Tim Crouse and Peter Melberg (of DePauw University) in the United States alongside Salvadorans such as José Peña.The success of CoCoDA has always been due to the commitment to having Central Americans and North Americans working side by side in...

CoCoDA and ADES inaugurate Student House Iván Villasboa
08Aug

CoCoDA Inaugurates a Student House for Young People from Rural Communities

After two and a half years, CoCoDA Executive Director Jim Mulholland, CoCoDA board members Iván Villasboa, Deborah Payne and Genevieve Ryann as well as Indiana University representative Jennifer Custer returned to El Salvador to reconnect with partners, visit recent projects and inaugurate two of our greatest collaborations during the pandemic.Casa Iván VillasboaOn Thursday, June 9th, our longtime partner ADES and...

Solar System to pump water - ACRASAME ZP
06Jul

CoCoDA Inaugurates a Solar System to provide water to over 600 families

ACRAZAME-ZPOn Saturday, June 11th, longtime partner CRC, the ACRASAME Water Board, and CoCoDA inaugurated the recently retrofitted solar-powered water system for ten rural communities west of Suchitoto.  This system, hosted in Sitio Zapotal, provides water to over 600 families and over 2,000 people.  It is the largest solar-powered water system collaboration in CoCoDA history with 96 solar panels in operation.During...

27Apr

Internship Opportunity with CoCoDA

The CoCoDA Internship program is designed to allow Salvadorians and Nicaraguans the opportunity to work side by side with CoCoDA employees in the areas of communications, social media, graphic design, public health, and delegation facilitation, project management while improving English language proficiency.While CoCoDA is open to applications from all students for possible internships, we will give preference to those in...