LSN El Salvador
LSN established an office in El Salvador in October 2000 and began working with survivors in May 2001. LSN El Salvador currently operates in San Salvador and La Libertad, and will be expanding into the Department of Usulután towards the end of 2005.
When El Salvador’s twelve-year civil war ended in December 1992, an estimated 20,000 landmines were in the ground. The war left many people in the country disabled and in need of continuing medical, psychological/social care, and rehabilitation. People with disabilities are generally treated within the national health care system, although access to medical care and rehabilitation can be quite limited, particularly in rural villages and poor urban areas.
To date, more than 647 landmine survivors and amputees have been assisted by LSN-El Salvador Outreach Workers. Peer support includes home and hospital visits, employment training, small business training and advocacy and human rights training.
Capital: San Salvador
Area: 21,040 Km
GDP per capita: $ 4,900
Life expectancy: 71.2
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
Literacy rate: 80.2%
Percentage under poverty line: 48%
LSN-El Salvador At-a-Glance
Avg. no. of peer support visits/year: 8,217
Small businesses supported: 76
Network Contact Information
Calle Colima No.16
Director: Jesús Martínez
Phone: 503-2260-1684, 503-2275-8263, 503-2211-0442
Jesús Martínez is the Director of LSN-El Salvador. He lost his two legs above the knee in a landmine accident. All network peer support staff are amputees.
LSN’s work in El Salvador is supported with generous donations of nations Norway and Canada, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.