Caritas El Salvador
Caritas El Salvador, as an agency of the Catholic Church responsible for social-pastoral care, was founded in 1961, and since then has strived to improve the quality of life of the poorest. It primarily carries out its activities via parishes in the country’s eight dioceses and one archdiocese, guided by the values of solidarity, organised charity and justice.
Unemployment and underemployment rates are high in El Salvador. Remittances are the country’s main source of income, and for many families are the only source of income. The effects of 12 years of civil war, which ended in 1992, continue to be felt in many parts of El Salvador. Environmental degradation is very common.
Therefore, Caritas El Salvador is currently developing programmes in the areas of: stewardship of creation, integral human development and solidarity, human rights, and justice, peace and reconciliation. A prime example of the latter is the Violence Prevention Project, through which community organisations and young people’s groups coordinate management and advocacy actions to tackle violence in their municipalities. Awareness is also being raised regarding alternative mechanisms for dealing with violence at national and regional level.
Other projects are aimed at helping to build the capacities of the population to deal with unfavourable circumstances, and improve the food security and economic conditions of families who participate in the various programmes that are always driven by promoting solidarity.
The support of volunteers who strive to help their most needy brothers and sisters is an invaluable asset in meeting one of our objectives: the integral development of the human person in the face of poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion, so that people may achieve dignified living conditions.
Caritas El Salvador works jointly with sister Caritas from countries such as Norway, Spain, Germany, the United States and the Netherlands, as well as with other Church and related organisations.
Caritas Updates from El Salvador
For me the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero is one of the saddest moments of my life. By bravely speaking out on behalf of the poor and oppressed he paid with his death.
Caritas El Salvador Info
|Postal Address||Av. Olímpica y Pasaje 3,
San Salvador, El Salvador
|Telephone||+503 2298 4302
+503 2298 4303
|Fax||+503 2298 3037|