During the 12-year Salvadoran civil war, the goal was always to create a new society that was rooted in truth, love, justice and peace. It is what Saint Oscar Romero and thousands of Salvadoran women and men died for. It is what St. Paul wrote about, “Putting off the old... and putting on the new.”
Since our inception, the Tamarindo Foundation has been dedicated to building that new society by helping our community members become “new” women and men. A new society cannot develop without generous people willing to look deeper into themselves and commit to their own change, development and personal transformation. That in turn, cannot happen without community.
Over the course of 27 years, we have worked hard to develop that community. We have contributed to breaking the chains of poverty and have created alternatives to forced migration by empowering our community members to cultivate life skills through discipline, love, service, leadership, education, culture, sports and wellness.
The Tamarindo Foundation is dedicated to advancing the role of women in our community by providing education, health, micro-lending and support programs for women.
We have encouraged leadership roles for women and have worked for almost three decades to create spaces for women to meet, gather, discuss, problem-solve and discern their future. We have also supported programs for young mothers that focus on parenting skills and peer-support.
The Tamarindo has been a pioneer in developing exercise, health and sports programs exclusively for women in Guarjila. We offer college and vocational scholarships where the majority of our recipients are women and have played a major part in developing micro-business run and operated by women.
The Tamarindo also offers educational and cultural workshops to promote gender equality and respect, which are fundamental values of the Tamarindo Community.
The Tamarindo is led by a leadership team of homegrown women and men. All of our staff grew up in the Tamarindo and some go back 25 years to the founding of our community.
Our leadership is also dedicated to the growth and development of the town of Guarjila with many of our leaders having served in local government positions, including three Tamarindo community presidents and a number of city council members. Our leaders also support and have played roles in developing other community, civic, sports and cultural efforts.
In 2015, Tamarindo leadership created the Tamarindo Community Development Organization, a community initiative led by our Guarjila team. The organization is the licensed Salvadoran counterpart of the Tamarindo Foundation Inc. 501(c)(3).
Sports and Wellness
When the war ended in 1992, the Tamarindo began using sport as a powerful tool in educating and promoting leadership and community values. We created an entire program based on gospel principles (Mt. 25), a mountain bike, discipline and community service. Over the years, we have offered programs in yoga, boxing, taekwondo, cycling, hockey, skating, soccer, weight training, aerobics, zumba, surfing, scuba diving, track and field, triathlon, baseball, volleyball, softball, kickball and water polo.
The Tamarindo’s original name was “Ciclismo Tamarindo“ (“Tamarindo Cycling“).
Sports and Wellness highlights
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