Facts About Our Work
in El Salvador
Since 1996, Food For The Poor 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 32 active projects in El Salvador including, four agricultural, five animal husbandry, five educational, three housing, two medical, five community development, two Angels Of Hope projects, one water project and one Sustainable Community Development project.
Food For The Poor also serves El Salvador through donations of goods. Shipments to El Salvador include food, medicine, healthcare items, shoes, clothing, furniture, building materials and educational supplies.
- In 2019, Food For The Poor shipped 226 tractor-trailer loads of aid.
- In 2019, Food For The Poor built 120 homes, a total of 663 homes since inception, providing the poor with safe shelter, and has completed 10 water projects.
- Food For The Poor 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.
- In 2019, the Father Octavio Kindergarten and Catholic School Center project was completed. The learning environment at the school was improved with the construction of much-needed classrooms, office space, bathrooms and a recreational area.
- In 2019, the Olof Palme School was completed. The new school building is a blessing to 194 students who come from approximately 175 families living in the community.
- There are four agricultural projects in progress in different regions of El Salvador. These projects are meant to provide a source of accessible and nutritious food for the residents, as well as offer a self-sustaining source of income for the communities.
- Food For The Poor works with 10 children’s homes as part of the Angels Of Hope program in El Salvador. Through the Angels Of Hope program, 312 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.
- Food For The Poor’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 seven million residents. The language is Spanish and Catholic is their largest religious denomination. 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.