El Salvador

El Salvador
El Salvador
El Salvador
An image of El Salvador Where El Salvador is in the world.

‘El Salvador’ is Spanish for ‘the saviour’ or Jesus Christ. It is the smallest country in Central America, and because it often has volcanic eruptions, as well as earthquakes, it’s sometimes known as the Land of Volcanoes.

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San Salvador

There are over 49,600 children supported through Compassion in El Salvador.


Basic Spanish:

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Rural houses are made of sand, clay, water and straw with a large front porch. Town houses often have outdoor space in the middle of the house.

Living conditions

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6.1 million

There are 200 Compassion projects in El Salvador.

The country has a small number of very wealthy people, and a large number of very poor people. This is what caused a huge civil war* that lasted for years. Crime, poverty and violence are part of daily life for El Salvadorians.

Coffee was produced on the island and sold, but throughout the world, coffee prices went down and many of the coffee plantations had to sack their workers.

Because there are so few jobs in El Salvador, people leave the country looking for work and families are split up. The women are often left to raise their children alone. These children are often more vulnerable to gangs, drug abuse and violence because their dads are not around to protect them.

*Civil war is a war between groups within the same country.

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For the children of El Salvador, that they would get to know for themselves the Saviour that their country is named after.

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There are 20 Child Survival Projects in El Salvador.

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in the El Salvador.

Try making this delicious cheesy recipe:

Recipe: Quesadilla Salvadorena

Quesadilla Salvadorena Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 120g of parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter (small)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Sesame seeds
  1. Mix the butter and sugar until creamy then add eggs one at the time
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder and add to the sugar mixture a bit at a time
  3. Add the sour cream and parmesan cheese mixing well
  4. Grease a baking dish with butter and add the mixture evenly
  5. Decorate with sesame seeds
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 180oC for 40-60 minutes

Your Quesadilla Salvadorena is ready to serve... enjoy!

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El Salvador has some of the world’s most active volcanoes. The Santa Anna Volcano is El Salvador’s most active volcano.

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Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, Wikipedia