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El Salvador


Sponsors have helped Salvadoran children since 1977, when Compassion teamed up with churches in El Salvador to fight poverty.

Where in the World?

Central America

Favorite ...

sports: soccer, basketball

foods: beans, rice, chicken, pupusas (stuffed corn tortillas)

celebrations: Easter, Day of the Dead, Independence Day (Sept. 15)

Claim to Fame

has the smallest size and highest population in Central America

Wild Residents

jaguars, spider monkeys, anteaters, green toucans

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Poverty Pitfalls

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Gangs, crime and violence are common. Compassion centers are safe places for sponsored kids to learn about Jesus’ love and peaceful message.
Public schools are crowded and don’t have enough skilled teachers. Tutors teach sponsored children lessons they might not learn in public schools.
Many dads leave their families to work in countries where jobs pay more. Sponsorship helps meet children’s needs, which can keep families together.


Fun Facts

about the size of New Jersey

money: U.S. dollar

The country’s name is Spanish for “The Savior,” in honor of Jesus.

known as the Land of Volcanoes

San Salvador is the capital city.

has two seasons: rainy and dry

official name: Republic of El Salvador

The people are called Salvadorans.

Stat Snapshot


El Salvador 🇸🇻 United States 🇺🇸


6,172,011 326,625, 791

People Living in Poverty

34.9% 15.1%


Spanish, Nawat

English 79%, Spanish 13%, Indo-European 3.7%, Asian and Pacific Island 3.4%, other 1%


Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 36%, none 12%, other 2%

Protestant 46.5%, unaffiliated 22.8%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other/unspecified 2.4%

Typical Family Income

$8,900 per year $59,500 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018


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Plantain Party


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Bean and Cheese Pupusas


Missing Traditions

Togo 🇹🇬

Love in Many Languages


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