When the war ended in El Salvador in 1992, the post-war gave way to a series of political currents and arguments on how to rebuild a country torn apart by war. The key issue that stood out to our people in Guarjila, Chalatenango was that education would be paramount in rebuilding the country. As soon as the Tamarindo was born, education became the new “weapon” to break the chains of poverty and the foundation in building alternatives to violence, crime (gangs were not an issue yet) and forced migration. From our first days of teaching ex-combatants literacy and basic math to our 31 university students preparing themselves today for the Salvadoran job market, we believe that education and job creation are the most important works of the Tamarindo Foundation.
The following traces the work of education in the Tamarindo: