Our work in El Salvador.
Co-partners provides funding in El Salvador to our longstanding partner, La Nueva Esperanza (New Hope), to support the communities of Ilobasco and Apastepeque, and the surrounding rural areas. This partner has been led for 23 years by a group of valiant women in the market town of Ilobasco. Additionally, our funding provided a permanent location for our partner to use as a training center and event space. When La Nueva Esperanza outgrew the borrowed space it was using, we provided funding to build them a new space tripling the number of students enrolled in classes.
Funding for La Nueva Esperanza provides annual scholarships for 10 rural youth to continue schooling beyond 8th grade.
Vocational classes provide opportunities for 70-80 women and youth a semester. Scheduling classes on Saturdays allows rural women and youth to combine market day with training opportunities.
Programs for children not only provide childcare during classes but also introduce them to reading and give them books to bring home to read.
We have sponsored dressmaking and tailoring classes for over 800 local women resulting in many women setting up their own businesses. These classes have expanded to include Apastepeque.
During our annual visit, Co-partners volunteers provide training to help the woman identify the problems in their communities and propose solutions they can implement.