More about Why El Salvador


The cycle of violence mixed with economic and social challenges trap the population of El Salvador, especially children and teens, who often stop their education so they can work to help their families. Only 82% of children make it through elementary school. 33% of those students attend high school and even fewer graduate. 


GANG crisis

More than 60,000 people are believed to be a part of gangs, most of those members are younger than 20. In 2014 there were approximately 3,942 murders, nearly 11 each day, which is 57% more than in 2013. Due to the amount of gang members in prison, El Salvador has the world's most dangerous prison. This is coming from a country the size of Massachusetts with a population of 6.1 million.   


Poverty strikes El Salvador in both urban and rural areas. 35.4% of the urban population lives in poverty with households living on $1.64 - $3.28 per person a day. In rural areas, the numbers are even more sobering: 50.1% of the population lives in poverty with households living on $1.13 - $2.26 per person a day. 

More about Our Approach


Mentoring is an aspect of discipleship. Takin Back's focus is to build a program to foster Christ-centered relationships through sharing education, wisdom and life experience. The purpose of a mentor is to help and encourage the mentee to achieve their potential and discover their strengths.


We believe education is an important part of the foundation of life. We want to provide the children that come through our mentorship program the opportunity to attend school and chase after their dreams. Giving a child a chance to receive an education is a powerful and vital tool in helping them break the cycle of poverty.

the love initiative

The Love Initiative is a campaign we launch once a year during the month of May. This is our opportunity as a Takin Back community to meet an immediate need for a community in El Salvador. Whether it’s joining together to raise funds for a thousand pairs of shoes, or purchasing cows & chickens to feed families, this month is dedicated to taking our love for the people of El Salvador a step further.


We believe in the power of prayer and that through prayer we will see nations changed for the Kingdom. We want you to join us and pray for El Salvador and our Takin Back team. Sign up for our prayer list today.


Take an adventure with us to experience the amazing people of El Salvador. We lead a number of trips each year and would love for you to join us. 

Throw a party

Together we can make a difference! Sign up today to throw a party and watch lives be transformed. Every dollar that you raise goes towards the mission of aiding and equipping the youth of El Salvador.