The CINDE Foundation, with the collaboration of Fundación MAPFRE, carries out this project for the education and nutritional care of children and young people in the Salvadoran towns of Soyapango and Mejicanos, offering support to 375 children of women who engage in street peddling.
The program takes care of 200 children from 2 to 6 years of age every day for 8 hours, who do their schoolwork under the supervision of teachers. During this time, the children are provided with breakfast, lunch and a snack with a glass of milk. In addition, from Monday to Friday for 3 hours a day, another 175 children from 7 to 15 years of age receive help for the courses in which they have the most difficulties. These students also receive lunch and refreshment. This initiative has become a successful tool in the prevention of youth gang (maras) violence, a problem of the first order in San Salvador.
Concurrently, bimonthly awareness training is carried out with the parents through training workshops focusing on themes which can help them with the education of their children.
The objective of the project is to promote comprehensive care for children from excluded social sectors, offering them quality education and training in human values. It also aims to offer the fathers and mothers of these children the knowledge and skills to help them to properly develop their roles as parents and improve their self-esteem. In addition, it looks to promote socio-economic development alternatives for women working in unregulated occupations who struggle to improve their quality of life and that of their children.
The CINDE Foundation is a non-profit organization which has been working in El Salvador for 28 years, supporting children and young people from excluded social sectors, through quality comprehensive educational programs and balanced nutritional care. Since 2006 it has also offered high school and university scholarships. It provides educational orientation for the fathers and mothers of these children, with the aim of improving their self-esteem, valuing their role as parents and motivating their participation in social processes to benefit childhood.