Gilmour Recognized with Service Award for Work with COAR Peace Mission, Inc.
Over Spring Break, Gilmour was awarded the St. Romero Solidarity Award by COAR (Community of Oscar A. Romero) Peace Mission, Inc. for the language department’s remarkable commitment to supporting the COAR Children’s Village in El Salvador. The Children’s Village is home to 50-100 orphans in El Salvador and, in addition to shelter, provides food, education, healthcare and counseling. The organization’s goal is to provide these young people the support to lift them out of poverty and into a position where they can be future leaders in their families, their parishes and their communities. This is only possible through the support of sponsors and, each fall and spring since 2005, Gilmour Spanish students have translated letters written by the orphans living at the Children’s Village to their American sponsors. This critical work allowed US sponsors to hear the voice of the child that they are sponsoring.
The award was presented on March 23 at the organization’s annual benefit held at the Center for Pastoral Leadership.