Fundación CINDE provides educational and nutritional support to children in El Salvador
Comprehensive educational and nutritional care for children and young people in the municipalities of Soyapango and Mejicanos, Ciudad Delgado and Ayutuxtepeque
The communities in which Fundación CINDE works, with the support of Fundación MAPFRE, are some of the most vulnerable in El Salvador; they are characterized by high population densities, a predominance of informal trading, unemployment, high rates of violence and insecurity, and various limitations in terms of access to basic services and education.
The main consequences on children of this situation include poor nutrition, health and growth problems, poor school performance, attention and learning deficits, school dropout, inappropriate behavior, difficulties in establishing quality interpersonal relationships and in solving problems peacefully. In the long run, this results in the replication and entrenchment of violent behaviors in these sectors and limits children’s opportunities for the future.
This situation was aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which aggravated the difficulties involved in accessing education and basic services for a large part of the population in the target sectors and also generated a great deal of emotional stress due to overcrowding and all the hardships experienced in the homes.
The action strategy employed by Fundación CINDE is aimed at helping to promote respect, protection and compliance with the human rights of children in their homes and community spaces, with activities designed to provide comprehensive care (including formal education) so that the children improve their personal and social development, their expression, communication, presentation and, in addition, have proper nutrition according to their developmental stage. Another approach focuses on working with communities through socio-emotional development and school reinforcement workshops, so that children, young people and their families recognize themselves as having rights, they strengthen their emotional intelligence and improve their school performance. Finally, we also work with caregivers in the communities, through socio-educational workshops on positive parenting practices, with the aim of incorporating positive parenting practices at both the family and community levels.