El Salvador

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Since 1987, Feed the Children has worked in El Salvador to create communities where no child goes to bed hungry.

Kids in El Salvador are surrounded by lush forests, volcanoes and some of the friendliest neighbors you’ll ever meet. El Salvador is the smallest and also the most densely populated country in Central America. Its main source of income is from El Salvadorans who work abroad and send money home to their families. Since the U.S. dollar is the official currency, these transactions are easy.

The country experienced a bitter civil war in the 1980s. Good jobs disappeared, and no one was safe outside at night. Many people died, and many others left to find work and make a life elsewhere.

Even though the war ended more than 20 years ago, the country is rebuilding very slowly. Kids here still lack good food and clean water, and the drop-out rate for elementary school is almost 50%. Feed the Children began working in the country in 1987, using a holistic approach to helping families and children make better lives.

El Salvador Basics

Population
6.2 million
Communities We Work In
11
Kids Fed Every School Day
950
Poverty Rate
35%
Elementary School Drop-out Rate
48%

Food & Nutrition

Feed the Children provides five hot, nutrient-rich meals each week for kids whose families don’t know where the next meal is coming from. We also run community and supplemental feeding programs to reach people who don’t live close enough to participate in a Feed the Children feeding center. We feed over 950 children every school day.

We teach families about nutrition, safe ways to handle and prepare food, why to immunize and how to stay at a healthy weight. We also help improve the quality of what kids eat in 11 communities with our home garden program.

Health & Water

We help kids avoid common waterborne and soilborne diseases by building latrines and school hand-washing stations, and providing new shoes. We have four water projects under way to help rural communities get access to fresh, clean drinking water, with another scheduled to start soon.

Our medical brigade brings medical and dental care to children who live too far to see a doctor or dentist on their own. We also train leaders through our primary healthcare program, and these leaders return to their communities to start health committees there.

Education

Feed the Children works hard to keep kids in school. With the drop-out rate so high, we are working to learn what causes kids to leave and how we can encourage them to stay. We have renovated high school classrooms to provide a better learning environment.

We also help make school more affordable by providing new shoes, uniforms, backpacks and supplies. Because getting to school is a challenge, we also provide transportation for some children who live far away.

Livelihoods

The Embassies of Canada and Australia have helped us build several training programs for kids and adults in El Salvador. These projects teach leadership and life skills, and ultimately become businesses that allow families to provide better lives for their kids.

Some of the projects we’ve started in El Salvador include natural medicine, bead making, piñata making, embroidery, chicken farming, tilapia farming, vegetable gardening and solar stoves.

Take Action

Sponsor a Child in El Salvador

Sponsoring a child in El Salvador helps that child and also the entire community. Your monthly gift helps us create a community where no child goes to bed hungry. You can make sure one child eats nourishing food, drinks clean water from a source near their home, and goes to school where they learn and develop leadership skills. It also helps start family businesses. Most important, it gives these kids the chance to dream about a brighter tomorrow and make that dream a reality.

Your $34 a month will change the life of a child and his or her community forever!

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