El Salvador

Why World Vision is in El Salvador


During 2015, El Salvador contended with a level of violence not seen since its civil war. As the government attempted to quell powerful gangs from taking over towns, thousands of children and parents fled from their homes. We recognized the need to help the children who were separated from their parents and unable to reach safety, so we set up an office to welcome returning children and help them reunite with families. A database has been developed to help us work with other organizations to keep these returning children safe and protected. Poverty continues to be an ongoing concern for El Salvador. More than half a million people live on less than two dollars a day, making it hard to buy food and provide proper nutrition. Against this reality, our Circles of Good Health and Nutrition program trained parents to grow healthy vegetables with safe irrigation water, and to provide better nutrition through exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and a variety of healthy foods for toddlers. Three out of four toddlers still don’t have opportunities to attend preschool in El Salvador. Our programs trained teachers and opened new centers for this age group to get a jump on their education.

We never give up on people

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.

  • In order to increase child protection in ADP communities, WV El Salvador organized Intersectoral Committees, which are comprised of representatives from local governmental, religious, public, and private institutions. These representatives come together to improve the comprehensive protection of children and adolescents in their communities. Examples of the activities completed by Intersectoral Committees in this FY include promoting art, culture and sports among children, organizing activities for children such as summer school and celebrating International Children’s Day, creating a Violence Prevention Plan in coordination with youth representatives, and raising awareness about the prevention and effects of the Zika virus.
  • WV El Salvador implemented Youth for Development Clubs for youth ages 13-20. The goal of these clubs is to support youth in their development and provide them the opportunity to learn skills such as problem analysis and decision making, expressing ideas, strengthening spiritual values, learning about reproductive and sexual health, and preparing a plan for life.
  • In order to promote child well-being and child protection, WV El Salvador implemented Municipal Councils for Children. The children and youth involved in these councils have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, voice their opinions, and participate in decision-making related to local schools. In this year, the Municipal Councils for Children carried out activities such as environmental campaigns, creating violence prevention plans, and raising awareness around teen pregnancy.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • In order to encourage proper nutrition among children under the age of 5, WV El Salvador implemented Circles of Good Health and Nutrition (CBSNs). These circles were led by ‘Guide Mothers,’ who were trained by WV to train other parents in the communities in topics such as proper nutrition, breastfeeding, hygiene, ways to prevent common childhood diseases, and vaccination. In addition to providing training to parents, these circles also help children to recover to a proper weight by providing underweight children with nutritious food and monitoring their growth.
  • In order to protect children from vectorally transmitted diseases such as Zika, Dengue and Chinkungunya, WV El Salvador raised awareness in the communities about signs/symptoms and ways to prevent these diseases. Awareness activities were aimed primarily at women who are pregnant or have small children. These activities were often held in conjunction with a community’s Intersectoral Committee, comprised of representatives of local religious, governmental, private, and public institutions.

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.

  • In order to encourage holistic development in children ages 3-6, WV El Salvador implemented Centers for Comprehensive Community Development. At these centers, preschool age children have the opportunity to improve their cognitive skills, logical reasoning, express their ideas and feelings, build positive relationships among their friends, families and communities, and express themselves in verbal, written, and artistic forms. A main purposes of these centers is to help children prepare to enter and succeed in the formal school system.
  • In order to strengthen the academic abilities of children ages 7-12, WV El Salvador implemented Child Community Clubs. In these clubs, children strengthen their skills in math, language, and reading. Children also develop decision-making and problem-solving skills, and are encouraged to think creatively. A main goal of these clubs is to improve children’s academic performance and encourage them to stay in school.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Relying on God's grace and Spirit, our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus--the reason for our hope.

Prayer Requests from El Salvador

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

  • Parents who feel the enormous burden of keeping their children safe from violence.

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  • Healthy vegetable harvests that bring relief for hungry families.

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News from El Salvador