About Us

scholarship students el salvadorFriends of the Children of El Salvador (FOCES) is a faith-based organization based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that partners with FOCES San Salvador to support some of the poorest communities in rural areas surrounding San Salvador. Over the past twenty years, we have developed a scholarship program to assist families with educational expenses; sent more than 25 delegations of 4-10 people to work alongside campesinos on projects they have requested; and raised over $50,000 for other needs such as natural disaster relief and medical emergencies. Delegates travel from Albuquerque to San Salvador and surrounding communities to learn about Salvadoran people and history,  to stand in solidarity with the poor, and to learn about the life and works of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

FOCES San Salvador works directly with community members to identify areas of greatest need, and students best suited for our scholarship program. FOCES San Salvador guides FOCES Albuquerque in how best to direct our resources. We conduct fundraising activities to support each delegation and the projects they have chosen.

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FOCES Albuquerque Director, Donna & FOCES San Salvador Director, Nuria, work on project planning.

FOCES was incorporated as a non-profit by the State of New Mexico on Sept. 6, 2006.

Please contact us at: focesnm@gmail.com or in the US at (505)243-1509.