August 05, 2016
BENEFITING: Caminos de Accion
According to Stanford University, in El Salvador only 33% of children attend secondary school because it's too great a financial sacrifice for their families. Public education is free until high school, but transportation costs, mandatory school uniforms, monthly fees and basic supplies are often beyond the means of rural families. El Salvador has the highest crime rate in the world, with an intentional homicide rate of 104 per 100,000. In the U.S. it is 4.8 per 100,000. Education is one of the key ways to decrease crime rates over the next generation, keeping children in school with new possibilities for the future and no reason to join gangs.
We work in Los Tehuistes, two rural sister villages in La Paz, El Salvador where, in addition to studying (100% of participants graduate), our students run health campaigns, river and street clean ups, and an adult literacy program. The $27.50 high school or $100 university scholarships students receive monthly from Caminos de Accion for transportation, food, tuition, uniforms, and school supplies ensure families don’t have to sacrifice their children’s education.