El Salvador

El Salvador

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El Salvador is located in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras.

On January 13, 2001 El Salvador was surprised by a major earthquake. A month later and after many smaller ones, another earthquake with a similar intensity as the first, hit the country once again. As a result of these disasters, a large number of Salvadoreans lost their homes. The Lutheran Church in El Salvador, along with other churches, has been instrumental in the process of disaster relief and reconstruction which will take several years.

Pray for: The housing project of the Lutheran Church in El Salvador to rebuild homes lost during the earthquake.

The “Amor y Solidaridad” ministry with the street people of San Salvador.

Population (2014 est) – 6,125,512

Area – 13,070mi

Capital – San Salvador

Ethnic Background

     White – 13%

     Mulatto & Mestizo – 86%

     Amerindian – 1%

Exports – offshore assembly exports, coffee, sugar, textiles and apparel, gold, ethanol, chemicals, electricity, iron and steel manufactures

Imports – raw materials, consumer goods, capital goods, fuels, foodstuffs, petroleum, electricity

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 71 years     F 78 years

Infant Mortality (2014 est) – 18.44 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 15.5%