El Salvador

Country Info

CARE El Salvador was established in 1956 and over the next two decades implemented a number of development projects. From 1979 to 1992, El Salvador suffered a disastrous civil war in which 75,000 people were killed and more than a million displaced or forced to flee abroad. In 1980, security had deteriorated so much that CARE was forced to suspend its programs.

From 1985 to 1988, CARE was able to return temporarily and implement a hospital prosthesis program for war victims. Due to improving security conditions, CARE resumed its programs in El Salvador in 1993.


Our Work in El Salvador

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Our Vision

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.