Improving women’s lives and their families with our program Niños Protagonistas

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Since 1970 Siramá Foundation has sought to provide a response to the needs of Salvadoran women. Since its beginnings, it has emphasized the training of women seeking their personal and professional development, providing them with tools to be agents of change in their family and community environment. More than 45,000 women have benefited from our programs.

In response to the country’s high and increasing rates of poverty, violence and inequality, the skills taught are based on 3 components: human, technical and entrepreneurial.

“Niños protagonistas”

The Siramá Foundation, together with Actúa Foundation, is developing a project called “Niños Protagonistas.” 

We look for the prevention of violence among and against children through actions to strengthen and support families and communities in El Salvador. 

This program is created with the idea of transforming the lives of all Salvadoran women and children that need to heal and strengthen themselves through peace formation and culture, becoming “Artesanas de Paz” (“Artisans of Peace”).

The proposal includes:
a) activities for children (digital literacy, coaching, recreational activities, etc.) 
b) education for schools about child sensitivity
c) for mothers: food industry technical training, technology, cosmetology and craft; business training, human development and violence prevention.

This is a project sponsored by Italian Development Cooperation and ELIS.

Women in El Salvador

In El Salvador 400,000 women are heads of families which, according to the World Bank, 51.9% of the women population were unemployed in 2014. According to the UN, in 2004 El Salvador had 19% of 47.5% of its poverty population in extreme poverty. 

El Salvador struggles with high and increasing rates of poverty, violence and inequality. 

By embracing her intelligence and strengthening her will, Siramá will transform these women into peace builders from the inside out. Our main focus is for these women to live a peaceful life in their violent environment, for them to be the change.

For them to become a stable person that will produce more and earn more income, reducing the poverty rates, Siramá addresses these problems by teaching women skills based on:

  • Human

  • Technical

  • Entrepreneurial skills

Siramá commits to join these goals by working with women, since 1970, in two of the most dangerous, low-income and populated areas of El Salvador, in Downtown San Salvador (second most violent place in the whole country) and Soyapango (most violent city in the country).

With only $150 we will be able to give a Salvadoran woman and her family an opportunity to break the poverty cycle and become better human beings. The project understands human formation as an educational process that aims at, among others, the awareness of personal value, the shared commitment of the impact of each interaction, responsibility, discovery of the force of forgiveness and reconciliation, respect, care dialogue and cooperation. 

"Women are called to bring to the family, to society, and to the Church, characteristics which are their own and which they alone can give: their gentle warmth and untiring generosity, their love for detail, their quick-wittedness and intuition, their simple and deep piety, their constancy...A woman’s femininity is genuine only if she is aware of the beauty of this contribution for which there is no substitute and if she incorporates it into her own life.”

— Conversations with Monsignor Escrivá de Balaguer

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