Children in Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated state on the mainland of the Americas, and the most industrialized in Central America.

However, poverty, civil war, natural disasters force many people from their homes and define much of contemporary El Salvador, which is among the most violent and crime-ridden countries in the Americas.

Hospitals and health facilities are inadequate often lacking basic medicines, equipment and trained staff.

  1. In rural areas 20 per cent of people do not have access to clean drinking water and any form of sanitation, and only 2% have access to sewerage.
  2. Severe malnutrition is also common.
  3. Despite the provision of free education, nearly 20% of the population is illiterate. The few schools available are poorly equipped.
  4. Many children cannot attend school because it is too far away, or because they are needed by their parents to work.

Our Children's Villages in Dominican Republic

We began working in El Salvador in 1972. Today there are four SOS Children’s Villages with ancillary social welfare and medical facilities providing support and care for the wider community.

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Sonsonate, San Salvador

We built our first community in the small town of Sonsonate. It is now used exclusively as a community where SOS young people can take their first guided steps towards independence whilst completing their education or vocational training, whilst in 1990 a new SOS Children's Village was built just outside Sonsonate.
The SOS Children's Village Sonsonate has 12 family houses, an SOS Nursery for both the SOS and local children and an SOS Social Centre which provides day care for local children and medical care and dentistry. Children from the Village attend local schools in nearby Sonzacate.

Santa Tecla

SOS Children's Village Santa Tecla opened in 1982 in the city of Santa Tecla, about 25 km west of El Salvador. Built on a former coffee plantation, it has twelve family houses, a youth house for the older children and a SOS Nursery, as well as fruit and vegetable gardens supplying the village's needs. Around 150 children and teenagers live in the Village, attending the local schools.

Santa Ana

We built a community in 1985 on the outskirts of Santa Ana, the country's second largest city. The Village has 13 family houses and a youth house, as well as a SOS Nursery. Vocational training opportunities are provided in various workshops and the Village's own coffee plantation and farm. Schools and medical facilities are available nearby.

San Miguel

The fourth community in El Salvador is in the city of San Miguel close to the Honduran border and is situated in a residential area near the city centre, with schools and shops nearby. It has 15 family houses and a day care centre which has a creche and an SOS Nursery, used by the local community. There is also a small medical centre.

San Vicente

SOS Children's Village San Vicente is situated in the northwest of the region's capital, the town of San Vicente. It consists of 13 family houses, the director's house and administrative buildings, community rooms and a playground. It opened its doors in June 2004. There is an adjoining SOS Social Centre, which comprises a child day-care centre as well as training workshops.

Local contact

Asociación Aldeas Infantiles SOS de El Salvador

Apartado postal 01-395

San Salvador

El Salvador

Tel: +503/2222 54 366, +503/2222 58 409

Fax: +503/222 50 318


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