El Salvador is the smallest country in Latin America, and it is estimated that 34.5% of the population lives in poverty. Extremely high rates of crime and violence make it the most dangerous country in the region and giving it the unenviable title of “most of the most violent non-war zone in the world.” Crime and violence continue to threaten Salvadorans day-to-day life, this is highlighted by the continued migration crisis where families as well as unacommpanied 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 attend school nor work, largely the result of limited formal employment opportunities and a public education system that is unprepared to meet the needs of children and youth in the country.
Our work in El Salvador
Glasswing El Salvador implements education and helath programs that look to strengthen the communities in which they work. To date, more than 9,675 children and youth have benefitted from education programs across 34 public schools. More than 52,700 volunteers have been mobilized in the span of 10 years.
Over 10 health clinics across El Salvador have benefitted from community as well as maternal and child health interventions and four public hospitals have benefitted from capacity-building workshops, equipping over 8,379 health professionals with the skills they need to better attend to victims of violence. Moreover, over 300 children have benefitted from nutrition programs and more than 825 girls have taken part in Girls Clubs. Approximately 300 young people have participated in employment and entrepreneurship programs, and some 9,000 children and youth have benefitted from assistance at the Migration Center in which Glasswing has worked for over two years.