by Gemma Salter, primary schools resources writer
Geography was always one of my favourite subjects at school. I loved learning about new places and cultures, immersing myself in an entirely different context. Having specialised in Geography during my teacher training, I am always looking for new material to inspire children to start this journey of love too.
When I travelled to El Salvador earlier this year, I heard first-hand from children what their life is like there. It inspired me to share stories from this intriguing country with others.
One village CAFOD currently works in is ‘Puentecitos’, which means ‘little bridges’. It is a couple of hours’ drive to the west of the capital San Salvador. The landscape here is beautiful; the river Metal meanders through the village, and there are several bridges and footpaths to cross. Steep hillsides and volcanoes rise in the distance.
Puentecitos is a place rich in community spirit. Sharing is a big part of life here, with neighbours teaching each other to grow crops, women coming together to share skills, and the Church caring for sick and elderly people in the community.
But Puentecitos is also one of the poorest regions in the country. Three out of four families here have no clean water and most houses are made of mud bricks. Finding work is a big problem, with many people moving away to the cities to find jobs. Picking coffee is one way to make a living, but the steep and rocky landscape makes farming difficult. Continue reading