Facts About Our Work
in El Salvador
Since 1996, Food For The Poor (FFTP) has been working in El Salvador through several partners, including New Horizons For The Poor Foundation, Fundacion Salvadorena para la Salud (Salvadorian Foundation for Health) and Caritas. There are 33 active projects in El Salvador, including four agricultural projects, three animal husbandry projects, one aquaponic project, five educational projects, six housing projects, three medical projects, five community development projects, a sustainable community development project and a food program for COVID-19 relief
In March 2020, COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus became a pandemic, and FFTP responded quickly to the crisis.
The El Salvador Food Support program for COVID-19 relief will provide 36 communities living in poverty with nutritional support. More than 7,100 beneficiaries were identified as some of the most vulnerable in the Central American country. The total amount of food for a three-month period will include 50,280 pounds of beans; 40,224 pounds of rice; 251,400 pounds of cornmeal; 50,280 pounds of sugar and 5,028 gallons of vegetable oil to the mostly rural communities.
FFFP also serves El Salvador through donations of goods. Shipments to El Salvador include agricultural tools, food, medicine, healthcare items, clothing, shoes, furniture, building materials and educational supplies.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP shipped 83 tractor-trailer loads of aid.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP built 10 homes, a total of 673 homes since inception, providing families living in poverty with safe shelter, and has completed 10 water projects.
FFTP is in the process of constructing the Ayalitas Sustainable Community Development Project, which will benefit 48 families who live in the area. With an average of five members per family, this project will significantly impact the lives of 240 men, women and children. The goal is to strengthen the community by providing the necessary social, economic and governance components to ensure that the residents are able to flourish on their own.
An estimated 160 people from surrounding communities also will benefit from the Ayalitas Sustainable Community Development Project, which will include:
- Twenty-five homes with water and sanitation components
- An elevated water tank to improve the current system
- School repairs
- A youth center
- A community center and medical clinic
- A recreational area
- Income-generating projects for families
- A life skills training program
- A community empowerment and participation program
- A qualitative and quantitative research program will be implemented to measure if the village is on the path to becoming a self-sustainable community.
FFTP works with nine children’s homes as part of the Angels Of Hope program in El Salvador. Through the AOH program, 256 orphaned or abandoned children have shelter and are receiving an education.
Several projects are geared toward the production of protein-rich foods such as chickens, laying hens, goats and Pelibuey sheep. These high-protein food sources are important in a population where malnutrition is a common threat.
FFTP's Technical Center in El Salvador runs in partnership with Nuevo Horizontes Para Los Pobres (FUNHOPO). Since 1996, Food For The Poor shipped more than 50 containers of computer components to the technical center.
The population is approximately 6.5 million residents. The language is Spanish and Catholicism is the largest religion. The colón was the currency of El Salvador between 1892 and 2001, until it was replaced by the U.S. dollar, the GDP per capita is $8,000.