El Salvador recovered from a 12 year civil war, which took approximately 75,000 lives and ended in 1992 with a peace treaty. It is the smallest country geographically in Central America, but the most densely populated. Of that population, 7.2% are unemployed and 30% live below the poverty line. El Salvador faces major social challenges including poverty, lack of quality education, drug and alcohol abuse, juvenile delinquency, and is considered the epicenter of gang activity.
Bridges of Hope is focused on developing long-term partnerships with non-profits and other institutions that share a vision of addressing the real needs of real people from a holistic perspective. Bridges of Hope has built partnerships with many of these local organizations, in El Salvador, to work towards the fight against generational poverty. Our philosophy is to come along side and assist local organizations to make a long-term difference in people’s lives. For more information on El Salvador, click here.
Fast Facts On El Salvador…
40% of the population in El Salvador is made up of children, and 50% of them live in extreme poverty.
El Salvador has the second-highest number of homicides in the world, registering 69.2 violent deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
More than 25% of children under five in El Salvador suffer from chronic malnutrition.
- HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE 20%
- INCOME SHARE HELD BY LOWEST 20% 5.7%
- PEOPLE LIVING BELOW POVERTY LINE 36%
- PEOPLE LIVING IN EXTREME POVERTY 14%
NUMBER OF RURAL POOR (2014)
BRIDGE THE HOPE TO EL SALVADOR
Bridges of Hope International is actively engaged in building bridges from the United States to El Salvador. Partner with us and join the battle against poverty. Your involvement and influence will have a significant impact. “True greatness and true leadership is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.” J. Oswald Sanders