In El Salvador CWB-USA has worked with local in collaboration with local organizers, CRIPDES, and Sister Cities El Salvador to share smiles and joy with communities afflicted by violence and gang-related activities. Our work is based in urban centers and rural locations, many of which are isolated and rarely receive visits from outside aid organizations. Our partnerships with local groups is key to our ability to share laughter in these isolated areas.
The people of El Salvador suffer from extreme violence. Unaccompanied minors leave El Salvador and journey to the United States in hopes of receiving asylum. Gang violence runs rampant with the nation’s two rival gangs Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and 18th Street (Barrio 18) in constant battle. Disruption from violence impacts everyone, including children.
The root of the disruptive gang violence of today stems from state sanctioned apartheid, which began in the 1970s. El Salvador’s government and military engaged in a bloody civil war with guerrilla factions. This occurred during an era when U.S. foreign policy concerned itself with halting the spread of communism.
Tens of thousands of people were killed by the end of the war. At the same time, Salvadorian gang members living in Los Angeles were deported in large numbers. Weakened economic, social, and political infrastructure hampered the nation’s ability to deal with the arriving gang members.
As violence increases, children’s access to basic human needs such as access to schools, basic health benefits, and safety has been greatly challenged.
El Salvador has suffered from several natural disasters over the past decade. Flooding, mudslides, volcanic eruption and a tropical storm lead to a need for humanitarian and economic assistance. School closures have disrupted learning. Vulnerable areas were heavily impacted. These environmental factors have contributed to the instability and violence in the country.
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