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.