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 300 children and youths live at the main site while university students live in student homes in Santa Ana.

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 and went on to study psychology. There are also over 125 dedicated staff.

Dora Lemus grew up at NPH El Salvador and is now the National Director.


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 being affected by Covid19. Find out more here:

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