Montana De Fe

Montana De Fe's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Montana de Fe community is located in northwest El Salvador, in the municipality of Ciudad Barrios, one of the country's poorest and most remote areas. Access to basic services is limited. Two-thirds of the population here live in sub-standard housing, and homes are usually made of sun-dried brick with thatched roofs.

Most residents practice subsistence farming on small plots of land. However, the area is hilly and rocky, as well as susceptible to landslides and soil erosion; all of which impact crop yields. Coffee is the only cash crop, and work on large plantations nearby is the area's main source of temporary employment. There are few job opportunities or other businesses in Montana de Fe. Most households are headed by women because so many men have left in search of work.
  • 2 spaces have been created for dialogue between local public figures and youth
Child Protection
  • 229 children aged 0 to 6 years old were strengthened in their development.
  • 115 caregivers learned about child nutrition, health and well-being
  • 2 child protection policies recommending child and youth plans were presented to local governments.
  • 25 safe spaces were formed for children and youth
  • 12  community partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors worked with World Vision over the past year, improving the lives of children.
Community Development
  • 1 community structures is equipped with meeting to sustain the well-being of children
  • 448 children defined their short and medium-term goals through their life plans
  • 1311 children strengthened their skills in emotional management, relationship building, conflict resolution, decision making and communications
  • 99 youth now have technical vocational skills for access to livelihoods
  • 101 people participated in vocational training to increase and sustain livelihoods
Health and Nutrition
  • 376 children received health checks from a trained health care provider
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 96 people now have increased knowledge of hygiene practices 
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Montana De Fe

The quality of education in Montana de Fe is severely limited by the lack of infrastructure, underqualified teachers, and overcrowding. There are no facilities for children aged 4 to 6. Most schools in the community educate up to Grade 6, but are often little more than dilapidated, one- or two-room structures with a single teacher for all grades. Dropout rates are high.

There is no high school or vocational training in Montana de Fe, and few families have the resources to send their children to urban areas for advanced schooling. Some parents choose to keep their children out of school so they can work to supplement family income. As a result, children spend an average of just four years in school, and many are unable to develop their potential.

Health Care
Many residents of Montana de Fe suffer from illnesses such as acute infectious respiratory diseases, gastro-intestinal problems, and parasitism. These are largely caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation practices. Housing in the area does not fully protect families from the elements, while a lack of healthcare facilities and poor nutrition further compound the situation.

Almost 14% of children younger than five are malnourished in Montana de Fe. Their diet generally consists of carbohydrates such as corn and beans, meaning children often lack essential nutrients.

Economic Development
There are few opportunities to make a living in Montana de Fe. Many people rely on subsistence farming, but crop yields are poor in this hilly, volcanic area. As a result, migration is common as people, mostly men, leave in search of work. Receiving remittances from those who have migrated is a major source of income, but one that is having a negative impact on the economy. Few people are motivated to farm since returns are so low, and once-cultivated fields are now lying fallow.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Montana De Fe,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.