Caminos de Acción seeks to assist Salvadorans in reaching their full potential as members of and leaders in their families, communities, and society.
To work in solidarity with Salvadorans to facilitate community organization in order to address locally identified challenges in El Salvador including social, educational, and health related issues.
HISTORY OF CAMINOS DE ACCIÓN
Caminos de Acción (CdA) was founded by Blanca Escoto and Laura Hastings, originally called Ciudad de Angeles, in March 2012 in Laramie, Wyoming. The founders' original mission was combating infantile and adolescent malnutrition in Blanca’s home province in El Salvador: La Paz. Their intention was to build a nutrition home for children and their mothers, where the children could receive a respite from child labor and attend school, while the mothers could take part in technical skills courses.
However, once Blanca and Laura conducted a community needs assessment in their primary focus area, Tehuiste, a change of methodology occurred. Blanca and Laura decided to approach projects based on a new mission. This mission was to focus on locally identified challenges, rather than their own perception of what a community needed. They also decided to tackle local, community based problems, focusing on one community at a time to make the greatest difference.
During the needs assessment meetings in Tehuiste, the entire community voted that their greatest concern in their daily lives was lack of access to water, and so was born CdA’s first project.