Families of all shapes and sizes

Our mission at Programa Velasco is to educate and empower children and families to create social change in El Salvador. By providing scholarships to families who could not otherwise afford to send their children to the Child Development Center, we hope to improve their chances in life through early education that will set the groundwork for continued development over the course of their lives. The socio-economic data we’re highlighting in this three-month series helps us identify the most vulnerable families in need of a scholarship. Each family is given individual consideration of their particular situation, but some trends are clear: single parent homes and families where the grandmother is the primary caretaker often face greater hardship than families where both parents are present.