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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 🇺🇸


6,172,011 339,665,118

People Living in Poverty

34.9% 15.1%


Spanish, Nawat

English, Spanish, Chinese, other


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

Protestant 46.5%, none/other 26.1%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%

Typical Family Income

$8,900 per year $63,700 per year

MAIN SOURCE: World Factbook, 2018


Why I Smile


Little Leaders, Big Change


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Welcome to My Central American Neighborhood


Present Surprise!

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Plantain Party


Gold Medal Kids


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