Gary Alvah Urra

San Benito, El Salvador

Gary A. Urra, founding member and President of the Board of Directors of the Central America Foundation for Rural Development (CAFRED), lives in Washington, D.C. His interest in rural education was sparked by a trip to research the political and social history of El Salvador during the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War. During a hike to the Guazapa Volcano, he was deeply impacted by the inhumane conditions of the only school in this area. The children and their families inspired Gary to take action. He soon learned that these conditions extended throughout rural areas of Central America. Gary joined forces with other committed individuals who together founded CAFRED. Gary has been working full time during the last four years to consolidate CAFRED and its business plan.

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