NPH El Salvador
Built in the style of our flagship home in Mexico, NPH El Salvador is a self-contained flourishing home located off the main highway between the city of Santa Ana and smaller town of Texistepeque. Our home “Casa Sagrada” (Sacred Heart) was established in 1999 as the sixth NPH home. Over 100 children and young people are fully supported and living at our main home or university home in Santa Ana. NPH supports another 400 children living in the local community through educational scholarships, healthcare and nutritional programmes.
El Salvador is still experiencing the impacts of their 12 year civil war (finishing in 1992). Many children became orphans because of the war. The new war that El Salvador is experiencing is the ‘Drug War’, with gang violence affecting many communities in El Salvador.
Our NPH helps children who cannot live with their families as well as disadvantaged children living in neighbouring communities. The NPH property includes a preschool through to secondary school, clinic, administrative offices, chapel, vocational workshops, a farm and gardens, dining room and kitchen; houses for the boys, girls and the babies.
NPH El Salvador is led by Dora Lemus, who grew up at NPH El Salvador, studied psychology and worked for several years as a psychologist at NPH Honduras. She leads a team of 117 dedicated employees.
1999: First 12 children arrived in Santa Ana.
2000: Groundbreaking ceremony of new property.
2004: Construction completed and inauguration of new home “Casa Sagrada Familia” (Sacred Heart Family Home).
2007: Opening of sewing workshop. Construction completed of the chapel. First NPH International Soccer Tournament.
2008: 3 additional workshops are opened – baking, carpentry, welding.
2009: Agricultural program started.
2010: Computer lab built.
2011: Youth Group “Cristo Paz” (Christ Peace) began.
2012: First two university graduates – from nursing school.
2017: Community daycare centre opened to help vulnerable families (especially single parents).
2020: Our NPH family in El Salvador is hit by Covid19 and classes are suspended. Support is offered to children and families in the community as they cope with the pandemic and devastating hurricanes.
2021: The school on our property is open once more to our on-site and community students.
For current updates see our Country Updates Page.