Help Save Children in 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. But rural poverty – and one of the world’s highest rates of violence and homicide – is dangerous for El Salvador's children.

The Challenge for Children in El Salvador

Suffering from poverty and without access to education or healthcare, children in El Salvador need your help.*

  • 10% of school-age children are out of school
  • 17 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 19% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 35% of people live in poverty
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Our Work for Children in El Salvador

To help families feed their children, we provide struggling farming families with seeds, livestock, tools and temporary jobs so they can improve their agricultural skills. Our supporters’ generosity has 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.

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. Our sponsors help us nurture healthy moms and healthy babies by providing access to high-impact, low-cost care, working to stop preventable deaths in both mothers and children.

Early childhood experts help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs. For elementary schoolers, teachers and education staff work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Working with teenagers, caring staff focus on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills.

Our sponsors also help 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.

  • Protected 26,413 children from harm
  • Supported 133,294 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 185,498 children with a healthy start in life
  • Helped 265 families feed their children

How to Help Children in El Salvador

Donate
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in El Salvador, and around the world, survive and thrive.

Sponsor a Salvadorian Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child in El Salvador and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.

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Sources: * 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; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)

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