El Salvador is a small country in Central America. About 20 per cent of its population lives abroad—some fled to find better pay, and some fled during the civil war last century. Nearly 20 per cent of El Salvador’s economy is in remittances sent home from Salvadorans abroad. El Salvador is plagued by violent gangs and organized crime. While boys join gangs when they are young, many girls have their first child as a teenager. Domestic violence, alcoholism and abandonment are serious problems in the communities where Compassion serves.
Nearly three times as many babies die during their first year of life in El Salvador compared to Canada.
Nearly seven times as many women in El Salvador die from pregnancy-related causes compared to Canada.
Nearly one in five children in El Salvador has stunted growth from malnutrition in their first two years of life.
El Salvador has the fifth highest homicide rate in the world.
More than one in three people in El Salvador live below the national poverty line.
But this can change.
Disease control, prenatal care, breastfeeding promotion, immunization and sanitation programs are slashing rates of child and maternal mortality around the world. Since 1990, there are 17,000 fewer children dying each day!
AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS.
The Child Survival Program in El Salvador will ensure babies and pregnant women receive the health care they need. Mothers will have the opportunity to learn about things like disease prevention and nutrition. They will also learn vocational skills to help support their families. And, best of all, families will be introduced to new life in the gospel of Jesus Christ.