We’re moving forward on multiple fronts in our project in El Salvador. One goal we have been able to realize is the seconding of two staff members from ISNA, the Salvadoran government’s Institute for the Comprehensive Development of Children and Adolescents. These two members, Lorena Santos and Hazzel Romero, will spend two years in our office in San Salvador, where our staff of 19 can learn from them and vice-versa.

Lorena and Hazzel are technical specialists in child protection and limited-resource childcare, respectively. They will be accompanying the technical teams of early childhood care centers and protection centers in the processes of training and strengthening their skills and abilities (mentoring) related to guaranteeing quality care practices in different environments. They are also playing an important role in mapping out the child protection system in the research phase of the project.

Our project is specifically about creating capacity in the Salvadoran government to implement best practices and policies in childcare, across its system of care from residential centers to childcare centers to foster and other alternative care. So, there’s nothing more effective than working as closely as possible with the permanent staff who will be guiding and implementing these practices and policies long after Whole Child has completed its work and gone to other countries of need.

Hazzel & Lorena meet with CEO & Founder Karen Spencer, January 2019