El Salvador

Why World Vision is in El Salvador


As El Salvador grappled with the effects of the pandemic in 2020, the country was also rocked by natural disasters like severe storms, hurricanes, and a landslide that created further vulnerabilities for kids and families. Children were exposed to significant levels of domestic violence and abuse as the pressures of the pandemic on already-poor families intensified throughout the year, and schools were suspended for much of the year. The contracting economy hit rates not seen since the years of armed conflict almost three decades ago. Nearly every facet of life was affected, from food security to healthcare to child protection. In El Salvador, World Vision was recognized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as the top organization working in emergency response, covering both the pandemic and the natural disasters. With Christ at the center, kids and youth were kept safe from harm and equipped to advocate for their needs. Strong partnerships allowed us to help make sure disaster-affected families had the basics they needed, including shelter and other support. Children’s rights were promoted, and boys and girls received access to emotional, physical, and mental care.

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World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in El Salvador

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Fun games and activities such as bike races helped children learn about their rights, responsibilities, and the importance of promoting peace and non-violence.
  • Children can grow up in more loving environments after parents and caregivers learned to raise children with compassion and improve family communication through activities such as family circles.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • More children have access to safe drinking water after new water filters were installed in communities and schools. Community members also learned how to maintain the filters.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Girls and boys are learning valuable interpersonal skills through after school clubs, where they can improve their communication, develop self-confidence, and learn to resolve conflict.
  • Through vocational training, youth gained valuable employment skills, such as electrical and motorcycle repair. They also learned goal-setting and networking skills to further their career opportunities.

Prayer Requests from El Salvador

World Vision's staff in El Salvador are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • For the children we work with who have experienced violence from their family members during the pressures of the pandemic.

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  • For politicians and leaders to make wise and timely decisions that prioritize vulnerable children and uphold their protection.

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News from El Salvador

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