Emmanuel'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 urban community of Emmanuel is found near the heart of El Salvador. It is home to more than 290,000 people"and quickly growing. At least 5,000 families also survive on street sales, but most adults work in the textile, food and pharmaceutical industries. Migration of these businesses has resulted in job losses and financial hardship. Additionally, the air pollution from the factories poses a threat to the environment, especially when combined with poor water and sanitation systems.

Despite being close to basic public services, citizens live in extremely dangerous and volatile neighbourhoods. In 2013, El Salvador had the highest youth homicide rate in Central America. Listed as one of most violent and dangerous zones in the country, gangs or “maras use guns and knives to murder people in the streets. These groups prey on those as young as 12 and threaten their physical and emotional well-being.
Child Protection 
To provide a safe and secure environment for children and youth to grow, we will partner with the community to:
  • Train community members and mobilize volunteers to be advocates for child rights and protection
  • Ensure children and youth have safe spaces within their homes and community to rest, study and play
  • Empower children and youth to understand their rights and advocate for their needs
  • Organize and facilitate community groups to help youth develop leadership skills

Health Care
To ensure children and their families are healthy, World Vision plans to work with the community to:
  • Promote proper immunization to protect children against diseases
  • Educate parents, caregivers and children on good nutritional habits to prevent malnutrition
  • Establish improved practices for waste and environmental management
  • Connect the community with the government to improve services including health care and education

To help children and youth access a full education, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Provide after-school programs and establish tutoring groups to strengthen students learning
  • Run extra-curricular activities to encourage well-rounded growth and development
  • Provide life-skills training to empower youth to think critically and improve their communication skills
  • Work with youth at risk of gang involvement to provide them with alternative options and counselling
  • 2 spaces have been created for dialogue between local public figures and youth
Child Protection
  • 575 children aged 0 to 6 years old were strengthened in their development.
  • 126 caregivers learned about child nutrition, health and well-being
  • 30 safe spaces were formed for children and youth
  • 80  community partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors worked with World Vision over the past year, improving the lives of children.
  • 2168 children strengthened their skills in emotional management, relationship building, conflict resolution, decision making and communications
  • 246 children defined their short and medium-term goals through their life plans
Health and Nutrition
  • 199 children received health checks from a trained health care provider
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 21 people now have increased knowledge of hygiene practices 
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Emmanuel

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 Emmanuel

Child Protection
Feeling safe is a serious challenge for children and families in Emmanuel. As result of extreme poverty, negative behaviours have cycled through generations, becoming normal and accepted. Violence, abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction are critical issues in the community and can often be traced back to the country's civil war and years of migrant displacement.

Youth struggle to access education and as a result, can't find rewarding employment. Many wind up jobless and end up wrapped in substance abuse, violence and low self-esteem. They fall prey to gangs and are easy targets for peer pressure. Children struggle to find safe spaces to play and there are few green areas in the city that aren't overrun by gangs.

Health Care
The state of the health care in Emmanuel is poor. The government's investment in the health system is limited. As a result, there are few qualified doctors and nurses available. Medical staff are often overworked and don't have access to the drugs and equipment they need. Most health facilities focus heavily on curing sickness and disease but there is little emphasis on promoting preventative health practices for families.

The large number of factories in the area has caused tremendous pollution to rivers and streams, as many throw toxic waste into water systems. Ongoing road construction has blocked off sewer drainage, causing constant flooding. Together, these factors restrict access to clean and safe drinking water, which causes sanitation and hygiene problems and illnesses like diarrhea.

Students in Emmanuel struggle to pursue their academic goals, facing challenges from an early age. Many schools lack good infrastructure. There are few teachers available and those who are working often feel demotivated because of poor classroom conditions and low salaries.

An inadequate education combined with gang-filled neighbourhoods and abusive or neglectful homes can completely discourage youth from pursuing their studies. Poor performance is common and many students repeat grades. Overcrowded classrooms and lack of opportunities causes many teens to become disillusioned. As a result, they often struggle to find employment as adults.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Emmanuel,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.