Casa Chirilagua is a community of people “learning together to love their neighbors as themselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia. We are a faith-based Christian, 501(c)(3) non-profit with nine staff members and over 100 weekly volunteers who serve more than 80 children (1st-8th grades) and their families via multiple programs. Our mission is “Developing relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ.”
What does “Chirilagua” mean? The Arlandria/Chirilagua neighborhood is home to a sizable Latino population, mainly from Central America. When civil war broke out in El Salvador in the 1980′s, many families immigrated to the U.S. seeking safety including a group of people from a little Salvadoran village called “Chirilagua.” As several of those individuals started their new lives in Alexandria they referred to their new home as “Little Chirilagua.” Today our neighborhood is very diverse, including a significant remnant of immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and other parts of the world.
Spring2ACTion is the biggest fundraising event of the year. Year after year we have seen God move in amazing, totally unpredictable ways to provide for Casa Chirilagua through this venue. It never fails to be a fun and exciting day. We invite you to mark you calendars ans stay tuned for more details on how you can prepare and git involved in this 24 hours of online giving event on April 22nd!
We appreciate our Casa family so much for the ways you rally around us in support and encouragement each year and thank God for His faithful provision to do what He has called us to do!