El Salvador

Since 1987, Feed the Children has worked in El Salvador to provide communities with hope and resources.

El Salvador is the smallest, yet most densely populated, country in Central America. The country’s main source of income comes from El Salvadorans who work abroad and send money back home to their families.

El Salvador’s modern political climate has been tumultuous, impacting the economic livelihoods and safety of many of its citizens – especially the most vulnerable families and children. Since El Salvador is still rebuilding after the end of its civil war in 1992, many residents lack access to clean water and proper nutrition. This impacts education throughout the entire country. Using a holistic approach, Feed the Children strives to empower families and children to improve their livelihoods.

El Salvador Basics

Population
6.3 million
Child Mortality under 5
17.3 of every 1,000
Kids with Stunted Growth
14%
Vulnerable Employment Rate
14%
Average Years of Schooling
6.5 Years

Food & Nutrition

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial to their physical and cognitive development, so our efforts must ensure children receive the nutrients they need to thrive during this critical time.

Our goal is to provide parents with the proper resources to make smart nutritional decisions for their children through growth monitoring, training, and counseling of the mothers.

Through growth monitoring, we identify children who are malnourished and need to be referred to a health center for rehabilitation. When we provide counseling to the mothers, it helps to prevent repeat malnourishment from happening to their children.

We provide support to vulnerable populations by supplying vitamin supplements and deworming medication to children. We also provide multivitamins and iron supplements to pregnant and lactating mothers.

Health & Water

Both water-borne and soil-borne diseases can deeply impact a child’s potential. Thankfully, many of these illnesses are preventable through improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices. Providing children and parents with education on sanitary practices allows communities in El Salvador to develop and maintain healthier sanitation initiatives.

Through the generosity of our donors, we install clean water sources. We recently completed the construction of a piped water system into a rural community in El Salvador. With this safe and clean water source, community members can more easily apply the hygiene knowledge they’ve learned through our training programs.

Education

Education is key to escaping poverty and implementing innovative practices for longer and healthier lives. However, many economic barriers can impede a child’s potential. In El Salvador, we provide school meals to improve attentiveness in school. Similarly, children are given school supplies and deworming medication to make sure the lack of materials or poor health aren’t a hindrance to educational achievement.

Our new initiative in El Salvador is providing literacy training to mothers. The ability to read and write opens many doors for women. In fact, these skills will then set women apart as role models in their community.

Livelihoods

Children are more successful when they grow up in economically stable homes. We provide communities in El Salvador with avenues for creating new businesses and earning income with a strong focus on empowering women to be productive in their communities.

Chicken projects are another sustainable method in livelihoods. Families raise chickens – for eggs and meat production – and pass the offspring on to another family in the community. Families can then sell the eggs for profit which increases their regular income.

We have also implemented additional income-generating projects such as: homestead and community gardens, handmade crafts for sale, tilapia farms, and Mayan houses (greenhouses) in protected areas.

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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