"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy" Proverbs 31:8-9

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. It is situated between Guatamala and Honduras.

El Salvador is the smallest but also one of the most violent countries in Central America. The country is still recovering from civil war that ended in 1992. The inequality between the wealthy and the poor, which started the war, still exists. Recently, the government has committed to stimulating the economy and reducing poverty in the prime areas of conflict in the civil war (the countries northern region) through investing into education, public services, enterprise development and transportation infrastructure.

Approx 75,000 Salvadorans were displaced and had their homes damaged when Hurricane Ida hit in 2009.

Issues children face in El Salvador:
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Fevers
  • Diarrhoea
  • Influenza
  • Malnutrition
  • Lice
  • Endemic Diseases
  • Colds
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
Many communities in El Salvador are in desperate need for employment opportunities, vocational training, school supplies, telephone services, electricity, recreation centres, literacy education, libraries, law enforcement, improved roads, tuition assistance and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.


Compassion International began working in El Salvador in 1977. Nearly 33,900 children participate in around 165 child development centres. Compassion Australia assists over 2,100 of these children. Currently, 18 Child Survival Programs are in operation.

To sponsor a child in El Salvador click here
Examples of what a monetary gift can buy your sponsor child in El Salvador:
$10 and under: beans, book, rice, salt, shampoo, soap, sugar, tools, toothpaste, underwear
$15 and under: ball, blanket, chicken, clothes, doll, lamp, pants, shirts, shoes, toy
$50 and under: various amounts of food, mattress

Examples of what a monetary gift can buy for your sponsor child's family:
$100 and under: bicycle, goat

Income generating ideas which can be purchased for under $300
Medium sized pig
Used sewing machine