The biggest threat to education in El Salvador is the presence of gangs. Recruitment can start as early as age five. While school doesn’t entirely shield children from involvement, it certainly stands as a deterrent.
We are steadily increasing our project size to keep as many children as possible off the streets and away from gang activity.
El Salvador has the second highest crime rate in the world, with an intentional homicide rate of 71 per 100,000. In the U.S. it is 4.8 per 100,000. Education is the most effective way to decrease crime rates over the next generation, keeping children in school and out of the gangs.