el salvador Student Trip
June 22-29, 2020
ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
COMPASSION IN EL SALVADOR
Known for its amazing sunsets and diverse ecology, El Salvador has been steadily recovering from its 12-year civil war in the 1980s. Food shortages and a lack of educational opportunities plague its people. Compassion-assisted children experience these realities daily. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.
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.
When do children visit the Compassion center?
Children younger than 11 years old go to the center 3 hours a day for 3 days a week.
If a child is ages 12 to 14, he or she attends the center twice a week for 2 hours.
Students age 15 and older attend once a week for 4 hours.
MEETINGS & DEADLINES:
Deposit Due: January 1st 2020
Retreat Date: January 18th 2020
Packing Party: June 15 2020
* MEETINGS ARE MANDATORY
Must be able to meet all payment deadlines
Must attend all team meetings, including team retreat day