COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in El Salvador

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in El Salvador

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

As of July 15, the number of new daily COVID-19 cases has risen to 241 in El Salvador, compared to 41 per day in June. El Salvador has given out over 3 million vaccine doses, enough for nearly 28% of its 6.5 million people up from 17% last month. El Salvador continues to utilize funding from the World Bank in its fight against the pandemic. The pandemic, natural disasters and gang violence have all contributed to a huge increase in hunger in El Salvador, especially in rural areas.

Compassion partner churches are supporting vulnerable families with food and available medicine and developing online tutoring materials so children can continue learning from home. Center workers are visiting families and following up in situations where child protection is needed. They also have been able to distribute nearly 482,000 food packs and over 252,000 hygiene kits and provide medical support to over 80,000 individuals. Compassion El Salvador has shared uplifting messages and public health information for entire communities through local radio stations.

COVID response in El Salvador

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in El Salvador?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in El Salvador, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Currently, all centers in El Salvador are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff continue to call and visit families at home while obeying social distancing guidelines. They have created video classes for children and youths. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute nearly 482,000 food packs and over 252,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in El Salvador

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Throughout the year that schools and Compassion centers were closed in El Salvador, staff came up with creative ideas to keep families active and learning at home. One of the efforts they launched was “Compassion Winners,” a contest for children to show off their hidden talents.

When 10-year-old Suleyma first heard about the contest, she immediately thought of one of her favorite activities, hula hooping. But could that really be a talent? She practiced every day – and during that time she didn’t feel sad about missing her friends or scared that she would get sick. Even her mother, Amparo, was distracted from her everyday worries about the pandemic as she cheered on her daughter. And by the end of the contest, Suleyma had won first place!

“When we don't invest time in our children, they feel alone and they go out looking for other ways to enjoy that are not good,” says Amparo. “Sometimes we as parents are so focused on our daily tasks that we don't discover the talents that God has given to our children. This contest is wonderful because it opened a space for us to be close to our children and encourage their talents and skills.”

How can I pray for El Salvador?

Pray for children suffering from malnutrition, that they will be protected from the long-term effects of hunger. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in El Salvador
Give to Compassion's Critical Program Needs Fund
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