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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we're looking forward to creating lasting impact on the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we will focus on in the years ahead:

Siloe will be implemented in several communities in El Salvador’s Sonsonate municipality, whose population numbers about 71,000. These communities are mostly urban, and the territory is prone to earthquakes and landslides during rainy season. El Salvador has a young population with 53% of residents being under age 30, split almost evenly between males and females. 

Agriculture provides most income, including corn, coffee and citrus fruits. Unemployment averages 6.8% and about 7% of children are engaged in child labour.

The region’s most prominent issue is related to the large numbers of internally displaced people linked to conflict (social violence is the second leading cause of death) and gender inequality. In particular, gang violence has negatively impacted a range of areas, including education, child protection and economic development.
Child Protection
To help children and their communities develop capacity, World Vision will:
  • Help train and raise awareness through welfare committees about issues of children’s rights
  • Participate in the Municipal Committee for the Prevention of Violence along with the National Civil Police to integrate children in cultural activities and sports
  • Work with churches of different denominations to promote Christian values with the aim of preventing violence and promoting children’s rights
  • Help train teachers and community volunteers to promote values that will improve family relations and community conditions
To help children reach their full potential, World Vision will:
  • Partner with community development associations working in schools to identify and promote implementation of projects that benefit children
  • Establish a formal agreement with the Ministry of Education to implement activities and processes for the benefit of children (raising children with tenderness methodology)
  • Help develop a school curriculum that includes dealing with issues including conflict resolution and gender inclusion to improve family relations and social cohesion
In order to maintain good health among children and youth, World Vision will: 
  • Work with the Ministry of Health and “Family Health Units” to coordinate action targeting the physical and psychological health of children and families
  • Work with child welfare committees to strengthen the knowledge of health workers so they can effectively monitor their community’s needs

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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 Siloe

Sonsonate, where Siloe is being implemented, hosts a few government offices and non-governmental organizations working to tackle the main causes of fragility and poverty present in the communities.  However, the community continues to face significant challenges, most notably concerning the impact of gang violence, which drives migration and the school drop-out rate. Coupled with other challenges including relatively high rates of teenage pregnancy and the presence of malnutrition, the future of Siloe’s children is at risk.

There are several schools and vocational training centers in the eastern region of the country; however, only 79% of the school-age children are enrolled in school. School dropout rates reach 7% of students, as per 2018 survey data.  This is typically because of problems related to gang violence, drug activity and theft. Other challenges present include inadequate educational infrastructure, and extreme levels of poverty which force children to work rather than attend school.

Child Protection
Survey data indicates that about 7% of the child population is engaged in what is classified as child labour. This includes agricultural work, street vending and other domestic work. Other challenges include endemic gang violence, violence against women and a significant portion of the region’s children and youth being excluded from access to basic services. 

About 21.5% of the population is classified as suffering from a moderate level of malnutrition, which is thought to be due to a combination of poor eating habits and food shortages. Malnutrition is particularly harmful in children as it can impair their physical and mental development. Almost 9% of Siloe’s children are affected by stunting, for example. Teenage pregnancy is widespread with a pregnancy rate per thousand of 45.5% among girls aged 10-19.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Siloe 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.