El Salvador

Working With Children in El Salvador



Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
In El Salvador, violence between government forces and powerful gangs has forced thousands of children and parents to flee their homes. We work with domestic organizations to support these families and create an environment where children are safe and protected.

More than half a million people in the country live on less than two dollars a day, creating a real obstacle to development for the children of El Salvador. Our Circles of Good Health and Nutrition program trains parents to grow healthy vegetables with safe irrigation water and to provide better nutrition through exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, followed by a diversity of healthy foods for toddlers.

Your impact in El Salvador

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in the past year:
  • 156 children's groups were supported by one of our local partners
  • 28 community members who went to our child protection training know how to respond to child abuse or neglect
  • 41 government officials responsible for child protection understand the risks local children face
  • 3 activities planned with local partners took place
  • 111 community partners from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors worked with us

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in El Salvador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 18,021 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 4,012 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 26 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 46,015 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 101,450 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in El Salvador, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 89 children aged 0 to 6 progressed in their physical and mental development
  • 594 children have created life plans with short and medium-term goals 
  • 2,895 children involved in youth clubs have strengthened their social and emotional life skills 
  • 3,365 kids and youth completed one of our life skills courses
  • 62 caregivers learned about children's nutrition, health and well-being

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in El Salvador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 1,227 children received health checks from a trained health care provider

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in El Salvador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 46,352 USD was distributed to people in need through vouchers
  • 12,790 people received financial assistance in the form of vouchers
  • 697 people received food assistance
  • 11 people we trained learned how to prevent and cope with future disasters

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in El Salvador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020 in partnership with the World Food Programme
  • 21 people have increased their knowledge of hygiene practices
  • 181 families who went to our training on how to treat water so that it's safe to drink are now using water filters or purification tablets to do so

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in El Salvador funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
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