El Salvador

CARE’s work in El Salvador

CARE has worked in El Salvador since 1956. Following a break during the civil war of the 1980s and 1990s, we returned to work in El Salvador in 1993. Today we focus on health, water and sanitation – particularly in rural areas, education, governance, community organisation and responding to emergencies such as the 2011 floods. In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and local enterprises, we have created a fund which helps improve the lives of rural families in some of the poorest communities, by supporting innovative, sustainable, environmentally sound projects that have substantial economic impact.

Tackling child labour through access to education

The years of conflict left many parts of El Salvador impoverished and it was common for children to undertake often hazardous work to contribute to meagre family earnings. CARE has helped tackle child labour by improving access to primary education and helping parents improve their earnings so they can afford to send their children to school for longer. We also work with the government to help working children go back to school.

CARE's impact

We work in 79 developing countries, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 70 years.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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