Home to 300 children

Vulnerable children in El Salvador receive health care, an education, and professional development from NPH, with support from people like you.

Built in the style of our flagship family centre in Mexico, NPH El Salvador is a self-contained flourishing family centre located off the main highway between the busier Santa Ana city and smaller town of Texistepeque. Casa Sagrada was established in 1999 as the sixth NPH centre. Over 300 children and youths live at the main site while university students live in student accommodation in Santa Ana.

A future for civil war orphans

Girl playing the accordion
Music: a key part of life at NPH in El Salvador

El Salvador still remains devastated after the 12-year civil war. The rate of violence and crime is very high and many children became orphans because of the war. The NPH facility includes a preschool through secondary school, clinic, administrative offices, chapel, vocational workshops, farm and gardens, dining room and kitchen; houses for the boys, girls and the babies.

The team

NPH El Salvador is led by Dora Lemus, along with over 125 dedicated staff.

NPH stories from El Salvador

  • Community programmes benefit whole families: Oscar’s story
    Oscar* is 6 years old – a smiling, happy child who loves to play football. With the help of NPH’s ‘Centro de Bienestar Infantil’ (CBI), he receives free education, nutritious meals and childcare so that his parents are able to work to support the family.


Read an interview with Patricia Georgina Flores about how she guides and assesses NPH El Salvador’s nutrition programme.