Gang violence affects sponsorship operations in El Salvadorian community
World Vision is deeply concerned about the volatile situation currently taking place in El Salvador. What began as tension between two rival gangs escalated to violence and murders were reported toward the end of 2017.
One of the El Salvadorian communities sponsored by Canadians—Emmanuel
—has been directly impacted by the violence. Due to the risk of further violence and warnings from police, World Vision staff and volunteers have been advised to temporarily cease their regular operations in this community.
World Vision in El Salvador staff are working in cooperation with local police and community leaders to ensure children and families are kept safe. However, due to the ongoing safety concerns, regular sponsorship operations, such as sponsor correspondence, Special Gifts
, sponsor visits
and child monitoring, have been temporarily suspended in this community until further notice.
World Vision will continue to closely monitor the situation in the community of Emmanuel and will keep sponsors updated with any new developments. For more information or to check on the status of your sponsored child, please call us at 1-888-526-7770
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.