ose "Chencho " Alas has worked on peasant empowerment, peace, justice and environmental restoration efforts in El Salvador for 50 years. His positive approach that encourages a focus on small successes to build upon has produced some amazing results in rural El Salvador where peasants have restructured their society bottom-up. They eliminated post-war violence, and carried out reforestation and mangrove restoration projects and successful small organic farms. He is now expanding his efforts in Mesoamerica from Guatemala to Panama. His methods could have application for healing community and the earth in other area of war and conflict.