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President:Bishop José Luis Escobar Alas
Secretary General:Mr Antonio Baños
Head Quarters: Cáritas Oficina Nacional, Av. Olimpica e Pasaje 3, Casa 130, Colonia Escalón, San Salvador, El Salvador
Telephone: +503 29 84 302
+503 29 84 303
Fax: +503 29 83 037
Caritas El Salvador
El Salvador was founded in 1961, since when it has been working to improve the quality of life for the poorest people, and to help those who suffer in times of crisis or emergency. It works through parishes in the country’s eight dioceses to ensure that it reaches remote regions where help is most urgently needed.
Long-term programmes in support of rural development, environmental management, migrants, women and prisoners form a major part of the work of Caritas El Salvador, in addition to which the organization is currently supporting reconstruction work for the victims of Hurricane Stan and the Llamatepec volcano. Caritas El Salvador promotes advocacy on issues such as access to water, climate change, dam construction, mining, health and prisons.
A quarter of El Salvador’s population live on less than US$1 per day, and there is large-scale unemployment. Remittances from migrant workers in the USA constitute the country’s largest source of revenue – and for many families it is their only source of income. The effects of the 12-year civil war in El Salvador, which ended 15 years ago, are still felt in many parts of the country.
The main areas of intervention addressed by Caritas El Salvador include: