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 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 12 years

15 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $10 a day

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.

Save the Children Calls for Urgent Action to Protect Children on the Move from Central America to the United States

Our Work in
El Salvador

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 1,955
from harm

supported 5,367
in times of crisis

provided 441,487 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 658 children
vital nourishment

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.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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