El Salvador

Salvadorans have endured major hardships over the past 25 years. A decade-long civil war ended in 1992. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch killed hundreds and destroyed half of the nation’s crops. In early 2001, two major earthquakes and 10,000 aftershocks left an estimated 1.5 million homeless. The combined disasters brought economic and social development to a standstill in rural areas.  More than one-third of the population lives in poverty.

Following the 2001 earthquakes, Episcopal Relief & Development partnered with the Episcopal Diocese of El Salvador to rebuild devastated communities. These relief and recovery programs have since transitioned toward long-term, integrated community initiatives focusing on primary health, agriculture and the environment, economic empowerment and disaster risk reduction.

The mobile clinic program trains community health promoters on wellness topics and provides high-quality, affordable medical and dental services in hard-to-reach communities. The program also trains farmers in organic agricultural practices, improving nutrition for local families while protecting people’s health and reducing their impact on the environment. In order to empower families economically to invest in health, agriculture and other endeavors, the diocese supports savings groups that also teach financial literacy and business skills.

The program also works with communities at high risk of disasters to assess potential hazards and identify local resources that could help prevent or protect from future crises.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving the Food Supply 

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity
  • Increasing access to nutritious food through small-scale farming
  • Improving the land through reforestation and conservation
  • Supporting farmer cooperatives to improve agricultural practices and access to markets

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease 

  • Empowering women to improve health for themselves and their children
  • Reducing preventable diseases to increase child survival

Responding to Disaster and Rebuilding Communities 

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

El Salvador Press Releases & Stories

International Panel of Experts Share Experiences on Day for Disaster ReductionFrom Chickens to HopeCentral America Suffers Storms, Flooding and Landslides

Fast Facts

Over 30% of the population lives in poverty.

El Salvador is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and flooding.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

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