With your help, the IRC is providing a lifeline of support to highly vulnerable families—both those who have been uprooted by violence in El Salvador as well as those who have sought asylum in the United States—including emergency cash support and essential supplies, food, healthcare, counseling and legal support.
El Salvador: A Lifeline for Families Uprooted by Violence
Decades of civil war and recent U.S. deportations have led to a dramatic increase in gang violence which is putting the lives of innocent civilians at risk. The level of violence in El Salvador is akin to the violence in war zones such as Syria. The murder rate for women recently reached an astonishing one in every 20 hours. Each year, some 300,000 Salvadorans flee their homes in search of safety and remain displaced in their country, without basic resources for survival.
The IRC was one of the first international organizations to declare a humanitarian crisis in El Salvador. Backed by your support, the IRC employed decades of experience in helping displaced populations along with in-depth research into the crisis and needs on the ground to launch programming in 2018. Since then, our teams have been providing lifesaving and life-changing programs to aid vulnerable families, including:
A Women's Story
Emelia (pictured above) is a beneficiary of IRC programs in San Salvador. Emelia was unjustly arrested and jailed by local authorities. Upon her release from prison, she was left without a business or money. The IRC provided humanitarian cash assistance to Emelia, through the local organization Azul Originarios, which helped her open a small sewing shop in her mother’s house to generate income and to support her and her children.
We are grateful to you for joining our efforts to respond to the urgent needs of individuals and families fleeing violence and oppression in Central America. Your gift has been a lifeline to so many who are suffering and struggling to survive.
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