El Salvador

The Steven Foundation – Since 2012

Through our partnership with LQI Consulting and their involvement with Please Pass the Bread, we provide uniforms to seven schools in El Salvador. At one of the schools a large number of the children come from the resettlement Llano Grande. Most of the children from Llano Grande don’t even have proper day clothes to wear. For most, this will be their first pair of shoes.

Key Statistics
  • Public education is free until high school, but mandatory school uniforms, monthly fees and basic supplies are often beyond the means of rural families
  • The education system lacks basic resources such as blackboards and chalk, and class sizes often exceed 50 students
  • Massive disparity exists between public and private schools and between urban and rural schools. Some rural schools consist of just corrugated metal propped up on wood over a dirt floor.
  • 31% of the population is 14 years old or younger
  • For many adolescents from poor families, attending school is too great a sacrifice for their families
  • Average years of schooling for adults: 5.2 years
  • Secondary school participation rates: 54% for boys and 56% for girls
  • 2nd 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 one the key ways to decrease crime rates over the next generation, keeping children in school and out of the gangs.