Projects in El Salvador

Projects in El Salvador

Over 10 years of civil war have left deep scars on the country. The consequences are still visible today. For many people, violence and unemployment are part of everyday life, and the gulf between rich and poor is very deep. Because of the traumatic experiences that people suffered during the war, psychological and social intervention is extremely important.

Together strong for women's rights

The situation of girls and young women in El Salvador is far from easy. For many, violence is a part of their everyday lives. They experience it on the streets, at work or at home. Our partner organisation Las Mélidas is working across the country to improve the living conditions of girls and young women as it fights for their rights.

Strengthen the voice of youth

No other region of El Salvador was so badly affected by the war – and still suffers so much from the consequences – as the region of Chalatenango. Not only is there a great readiness to use violence but there is also very high unemployment. Many young people feel forced to emigrate to the United States or one of the neighbouring countries. Our partner organisation ACISAM offers the young people in Chalatenango an alternative to emigration and help them to work for peace in their region.

Alternatives to gang crime

The youth gangs in El Salvador are regarded as particularly brutal and violent. They fight each other, commit crimes and use children and young people from poor families for their criminal ends. Our partner organisation Quetzalcoatl offers these children and young people an alternative to joining the gangs. The aim is to provide activities and projects to give these young people new hope for the future and to reduce the violence.

Young people in Chalatenango are finding alternatives to migration

Chalatenango is one of the poorest regions of El Salvador and was more severely affected by the civil war than almost any other part of the country. The young people are scarred by violence and unemployment. Many emigrate to the USA because they see no future in their homeland. Our partner organisation CORDES (Fundación para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Comunal de El Salvador) helps young people in Chalatenango to find alternatives to emigrating.

Youth initiatives are effective in El Salvador

The small country of El Salvador is weighed down by brutal gang violence. Young people in particular are at risk of falling into a vicious cycle of drugs, crime and violence. Independent youth groups can genuinely improve young people’s future prospects, so terre des hommes schweiz supports young people who organise artistic, cultural or sporting initiatives in their local communities or villages by providing special funding.

Basic information

Vereinfachte Landkarte von El Salvador

Size: 21 041 km² (Half the size of Switzerland)

Population: 7,3 Mio. (0,8 times Switzerland)

Human Development Index: 0.680 (Rank 117 von 185 Countries)

Income distribution in %: 72,6 (0 = Equal distribution / 100% = one person owns everthing)

Share of population from 0 to 24 years: 48,9% (Switzerland: 26,5%)

Murder rate: 41,2 of 100 000 Inhabitants (Switzerland: 0,6)

Key project area: Prevention of violence, education and income

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