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 20 active projects in El Salvador including, two agricultural, two animal husbandry, three educational, eight community development, and 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 the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor shipped 128 tractor-trailer loads of aid.
- Food For The Poor has built 595 homes, 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 the first six months of 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. This project included:
- Three additional classrooms
- An administrative office
- Four bathrooms
- Installation of school furniture
- A computer, printer and monitor
- A recreational play area
- The installation of handrails
- In the first six month of 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. The school has:
- One three-classroom concrete building
- One bathroom
- Security bars on the windows and doors
- There are two agricultural projects in progress in different regions of El Salvador. Both of 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, 335 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 nearly 50 containers of computer components to the technical center.