PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN
EL SALVADOR

We have been working in El Salvador since 1976, helping children in underdeveloped or vulnerable areas of the country to access their rights to health, education and protection.

CHALLENGES

Over time, El Salvador has suffered from many natural disasters which limits the country's social and economic progress.
  • In rural areas, one in four children suffer from stunted growth caused by malnutrition.
  • Around 30% of El Salvador's population are living in poverty.
  • Girls are vulnerable to child marriage - one in four is married by 18.
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Girls reading as part of a Because I am a Girl project.
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Children washing their hands at a school supported by Plan International.
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A girl taking notes in a school supported by Plan International.

HOW WE'RE HELPING

Many children in El Salvador are missing out on basic healthcare. We're turning this around, partnering with governments to strengthen community health services; with families to keep their children nourished; and with local communities to provide clean water and sanitation.

We're improving standards in schools and making them safe from violence. We also helped to devise a national policy on early childhood care and education. Poverty can keep children out of school, so we've set up savings and loans groups and are helping families start small businesses.

Protecting children remains a priority. We're working to protect children from harm; promoting birth registration so children have recognised rights; and making sure children's voices are heard on issues that affect them.