Rewriting El Salvador's story one school at a time...

KidServe’s project Build-A-School allows you and your local children’s ministry to make a significant impact in one of the most impoverished and violent nations of the world. We’ve partnered with the Church of God of Prophecy National Office of El Salvador to help strengthen their outreach efforts that presently serve more than 2,000 children every day with meals, tutoring, recreational activities, and spiritual training. For many children, these ministries provide them with the only stable adult influences in their lives and enable them to be academically successful and develop a trade for future employability.

El Salvador has been named “the most violent country in Latin America,” and its murder rates are the highest in the region. According to the United Nations, on average, 40 children are killed every month, the victims of poverty, civil war, and natural catastrophes. 1.8 million children are a part of the nation’s workforce. 4 out of 10 children live in poverty with over half of all children surviving on less than $1.25 per day.

The national ministry team of El Salvador cast vision and united their efforts to reach the children of El Salvador. When first coming to office, National Overseer Ismael Ticas first charge to the leadership team was to seek ways to reach the children of El Salvador. “They must be our priority,” he said, “as the best, most fertile soil for the Gospel. Also, the only hope for El Salvador’s future is to reach the next generation with the Gospel.”

For the past decade, the Church of God of Prophecy has partnered with philanthropic organizations to open Centers of Learning in our local churches. Through the generosity of these organizations, our local ministries are enabled to hire professionally trained directors, teachers, and staff to serve the children in these centers. More than 2,000 children are served by these schools daily where they receive tutoring, participate in activities, and are taught a trade. Each school is audited monthly, and every child is evaluated regularly to ensure satisfactory progress in their studies.

Although these programs are making a significant impact in the lives of El Salvador’s children and communities, the facilities housing the programs are insufficient. Because of the requirements of the donors, upgrades and expansions are required for our six flagship schools for the program to continue. Each location also has a waiting list of hundreds of more children that could be served if adequate facilities were available.

Your financial investment will allow the Church of God of Prophecy in El Salvador not only to continue this outreach program but also to expand to include even more children!

By participating in this KidServe Project, formerly Helping Hands for Kids, we will help bring strategic transformation to El Salvador by serving its most vulnerable citizens.

Project Partners in El Salvador

Why Project Build-A-School?

  • El Salvador has been recognized as the most violent country in all of Central and South America. Many children face dangerous conditions because of the gangs and lack of parental involvement in their daily lives. Many children are also orphans following the deaths of their parents.
  • Nearly one in three El Salvadorian households experience poverty, and over half of all children survive on less than $1.25 per day. Because of this, many children do not have access to sufficient food, clean water, or sanitation.
  • Many of El Salvador’s young adults grew up without their fathers, who fled the country during times of civil war. Almost 25 years later, the communities of El Salvador’s communities are controlled by gangs resulting in violence and fear.
  • Over 70% of El Salvador’s teens are believed to be connected to or involved in active gangs.

The ministries of the Church of God of Prophecy are focusing on reaching the children of El Salvador to help rewrite the nation’s story. They are reaching more than 2,000 children every day through after-school programs where children participate in tutoring, recreational activities, Christian services, and receive a quality meal. Still, many more children need access to these programs but cannot participate due to the limitations of their facilities and requirements of local agencies.