Rios de Benedicion Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Through our youth clubs, 175 young people attended vocational workshops on how to make jewelry and accessories, equipping them with skills to earn income in their free time. In addition, 138 young people were trained in entrepreneurship and leadership skills. 583 children and their parents were involved in community health and nutrition clubs, which help children grow and thrive by serving nutritious meals and teaching parents about health, nutrition, and early childhood development. 42 parents were trained to mentor other parents and run community health and nutrition clubs. They educated 500 people on healthy hygiene practices, the benefits of breast-feeding, and how to manage respiratory and diarrheal diseases. 683 children participated in children's clubs, strengthening their academic skills and providing them with opportunities to express their creativity. 79 children attended early childhood development centers to develop their learning, social, and motor skills and help them prepare for school. We worked with 15 local partners to carry out four campaigns on child rights, child protection, and the prevention of insect-borne diseases. With our support, members of a municipal youth council engaged in advocacy efforts, promoted child rights, and reached 75 youth with information about reproductive health, life skills, and self-esteem.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|


  • El Salvador>Usulutan


  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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