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Loma Linda is a small community about two hours from Quetzaltenango, the second-largest city in Guatemala. Families from the western highlands working for poor wages on plantations of the south coast bought the lands of Loma Linda in September, 1976 and created a cooperative Catholic community high in the mountainous area of El Palmar.  They worked communally to build their houses, a water project, a storage building, a church and a school. They were aided by Father Celestino, the Quetzaltenango organization Caritas, a Spanish aid organization and many others.

A few years ago, Executive Director Pascual Rafael Escobar organized a non-profit community group called ASODILL, whose purpose was to promote sustainable development such as organic agriculture and ecotourism and to provide employment opportunities for its members. Three years ago, ASODILL began a communal garden, which has turned out to be extraordinarily successful.

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ICO Initiatives

September 17, 2014
ICO’s Instruments4Africa provides opportunities to underprivileged children in Mali, one of Africa's poorest countries, to get an eduaction and reach their potential. Building on Mali’s rich artistic culture, children receive performing arts training, and are part of a performing arts troupe guided by professional dance and music teachers.
June 25, 2013
The Timberline and Carihi International Co-op class just returned back from their work placement trip to Nepal. A group of 23 students and chaperones spent their spring break experiencing the culture and adventures the small country had to offer. The class worked with Foundation on the Irrigation Initiative, and managed to raise enough money to fund 1.5 kilometers of the irrigation canal. This effort helped to aid thousands of farming families in the remote village of Lawachowk that could not have funded this project on their own.