Slightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts, El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. With a population of just under 7 million, it is considered the most industrialized country in Central America, however, its people continue to face serious challenges. The income inequality between rural and urban areas is severe and competition for natural resources is intense. Environmental degradation and global climate change make the country highly susceptible to natural disasters. Widespread emigration, low economic growth and high levels of violence and insecurity continue to affect Salvadoran society in profound ways.
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|Population:||6,108,590 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||8,124 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Massachusetts|
|People Served:||220,743 (2012 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services has worked in El Salvador for more than 40 years, delivering emergency aid, carrying out integrated development projects, and promoting charity, justice and solidarity. CRS' first activity in El Salvador was a food program in 1960.
Since the 1992 peace accords ended 12 years of civil war, CRS El Salvador—in collaboration with our local partners—has implemented development projects in the areas of agriculture and environment, health, HIV and AIDS, microfinance, peacebuilding and civil society. Since its inception, CRS El Salvador has also carried out emergency response and reconstruction efforts to assist Salvadorans affected by the civil war and numerous natural disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes and tropical storms.