Last week, members of the executive team of Whole Child in Los Angeles visited our El Salvador mission. Karen Spencer, founder and CEO, Pete La Raus, COO, and Nadia Ammar, Director of Individual Giving, worked with the El Salvador team and our partners on program implementation and our plans for moving forward.

The delegation visited two childcare centers and three residential child protection centers which are all part of the child protection system overseen by ISNA, the Salvadoran government’s child protection ministry. ISNA’s Executive Director, Elda Tobar Ortiza, accompanied them during the visit along with the deputy directors for the protection and promotion of children’s rights. The team visited Centro de Desarrollo Integral San Rafael (San Rafael Center for Integrated Development); Centro de Bienestar Infantil Santa Anita (Santa Anita Center for infant well-being); Hogar del Niño San Vicente de Paul (Children’s Home San Vicente), Hogar de la Niña Santa Luisa de Marillac (Santa Luisa de Marillac girl’s home); and Hogar Dr. Fray de Jesús Moraga (Dr. Fray de Jesus Moraga home).

During the visit, the representatives from ISNA and Whole Child discussed at length how to continue to improve early childhood care and development (ECCD) as well as how to take the next steps together, affirming the need to continue to improve quality of care and that the care is relevant and appropriate in a variety of different environments and contexts. The Whole Child team also held multiple internal meetings to ensure that we continue to innovate and stay on the cutting edge of childcare and best practices, both in El Salvador and beyond.

Pictured (l-r): Ma de la Paz Yánez (ISNA), Pete La Raus, Nadia Ammar, Karen Spencer, and Sonia Silva (Whole Child), and Elda Tobar (ISNA).