El Salvador

El Salvador Children

About El Salvador

Much progress has been made through the hard work of the Salvadoran people, as well as government agencies and charities. Child mortality – the number of boys and girls who die before their fifth birthday – has been reduced by almost half since 2000. Extreme rural poverty – living on less than $1 per day in shanties without running water or electricity – creates chronic problems for some of El Salvador's children. To improve food security and incomes, we provided poor farming families with seeds, livestock, tools and temporary jobs with relevant projects.

Facts About
El Salvador

More than 6.1 Million
live there

About 10% of girls and boys are out of school

17 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

Our Work

Our programs have helped children and their families in many ways including health, education, emergency response and violence prevention initiatives. For example, 9 out of 10 children attending our early childhood development program successfully reached first grade.

Our Work in
El Salvador

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 26,413
from harm

supported 133,294
in times of crisis

provided 185,498 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 265 families
feed their children

Sponsor A Child

Since 1980, Save the Children in El Salvador has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. We nurture healthy moms and healthy babies by providing access to high-impact, low-cost care, working to stop preventable death in both mother and child. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in El Salvador continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Sponsor a Child

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015;

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