El Salvador is the smallest country in Latin America, and it is estimated that in 2020, 51.4% of the population lived in poverty. Extremely high rates of crime and violence make it one of the most dangerous countries in the region, giving it the unenviable title of “the most violent non-war zone in the world.” Crime and violence continue to threaten the day-to-day life of Salvadorans, highlighted by the continued migration crisis.
Families, as well as unaccompanied children and youth, attempt to flee to neighboring countries or the United States in hopes of a brighter future. Nearly a third of young people in El Salvador neither work nor attend school, largely the result of limited formal employment opportunities and a public education system that is unprepared to meet the needs of its children and youth.
Glasswing El Salvador implements a range of programs that address the root causes and consequences of violence, poverty, trauma, and migration, collaborating with communities to build on their existing capacity, strengths, and assets. We have worked in 144 public schools, ten health clinics, and four public hospitals to deliver education and trauma-informed care programs.
30,384+ student participants
1,618+health professionals trained
4,550+children benefited from
3,495+Girls’ Club participants
9,069+ youth assisted at
4,000+ young participants