El Salvador

Working With Children in El Salvador

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:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
  • 1,926 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 3 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 5,701 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 833 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 93 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • We trained mothers to create peer training circles on childhood nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, growth monitoring and disease prevention
  • 258 malnourished children in El Salvador were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 545 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 32 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 10 schools were renovated and 10 others received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 13,247 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 206 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 73 teenagers who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers 
  • 73 youth received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 1,654 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 173 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 3 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 56 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.
  • 340 children are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 735 children learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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