IMPROVING EDUCATION IN EL SALVADOR
Issue: In rural areas, where the poverty level may be higher than 40%, children as young as 7 sometimes leave school so they can work to support their families. Those who fail to finish secondary school have few options beyond difficult jobs and minimal wages.
Response: At Compassion centers, children are given educational assistance designed to keep them engaged with school. Older children learn entrepreneurial skills such as tailoring, baking, poultry production or fish farming, which provide them with better income-earning opportunities.