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El Salvador
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

  • Romero, a model of how to work with the poor

Romero, a model of how to work with the poor

  • 29 May 2015
If Msgr Romero were still here, he would remind us of our daily commitment to be faithful to the Gospel and to respond to injustices. 
"Msgr Romero's contribution has enabled Caritas to become today what Pope Francis called: 'the caress of the Church to its people'.
  • San Salavador on eve of Romero beatification

San Salavador on eve of Romero beatification

  • 22 May 2015
On Saturday 23 May, Oscar Romero takes the next step on the path to sainthood at a beatification Mass. Myriam Antaki is in San Salvador and reflects on the mood among the people.


Caritas El Salvador Info

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Postal Address Av. Olímpica y Pasaje 3,
Casa #130,
San Salvador, El Salvador
Telephone +503 2298 4302
+503 2298 4303
Fax +503 2298 3037
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