El Salvador

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The video is about the work with the ICDP programme in El Salvador, sponsored by UNICEF. The video is called "Tambien soy Persona" ("I am a person too"). This is the name of the ICDP booklet for caregivers by Karsten Hundeide and Nicoletta Armstrong, but it was adopted as the name for the ICDP programme, initially in Colombia and then in other Latin American countries too.

ICDP was invited to El Salvador by UNICEF in 2006 and during that year an ICDP project was developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Social Services (ISNA), sponsored by UNICEF.

ICDP held workshops for 90 facilitators and 300 promoters, including teachers, volunteers, health nurses, social workers and community leaders. After the workshops the programme was implemented in 7 provinces, reaching 600 vulnerable families and children. The ICDP team was led by Nicoletta Armstrong.
During the evaluation sessions the majority of the facilitators agreed that ICDP meant starting to work on oneself and on the relationships inside ones own families. This was, according to them, both a gift and a learning process that enabled them to reach out and inspire others to apply ICDP in practice, particularly emphasising the need for empathy and loving guidance. In several schools the teachers decided to introduce ICDP to all their colleagues and they did so in their spare time. They said ICDP helped them to relate better not only with children but also with their colleagues. The majority of those trained felt the importance of spreading the positive messages of the programme further into their community in the future.

There were two ICDP visits to San Salvador in 2007 and the team of 90 persons received further training; over 1000 families received the programme. ICDP became a national programme. The trained facilitators continued to train new promoters and they in turn implemented ICDP as part of their work as teachers, social workers or community volunteers. The coordination continued to be by ISNA and UNICEF.

In order to sustain ICDP long term, it was decided to form a group of ICDP accredited trainers who can supervise the developments and sustain the motivation and interest of agents working in the field in different regions of the country - this would complete the transfer of the ICDP methodology to local teams.

2008: The ICDP national scale project continued to grow in 2008, and was supervised by a core team of 20 social workers and teachers trained as ICDP trainers. The second stage of the project reached over 4000 families in the most needy areas of the country. ICDP offered refresher workshops with special focus on monitoring and evaluation. Julio Martinez, a trainer from Guatemala joined one of the workshops, and that allowed for interesting sharing of experiences between Guatemala and El Salvador. A video was made by participants about the three ICDP dialogues. The ICDP materials are in process of adaptation.
An evaluation study was sponsored by UNICEF, which showed positive results confirming the relevance of ICDP’s work for the development of positive relationships in the participant families and communities.

2009: During 2009 more organizations joined the ICDP network and ICDP workshops were given to new groups of facilitators; at the same time feedback meetings were held with those previously trained in ICDP. Over 6000 families were reached and these achievements will be presented to the new authorities.

The project continued to develop in 2010 - 2013.

" We have been implementing ICDP all over our country for seven years now with very good results. Carolina Guevarra, from ISNA (social services) has been coordinating the practical sides of the ICDP implementation, together with the core group of local ICDP trainers. Carolina's great enthusiasm for ICDP has spread to the leadership of ISNA, and there is a strong institutional commitment in ISNA to continue to support and expand the ICDP initiative. UNICEF and ISNA made a major effort to involve both the local authorities and the local community in the ICDP process. As a result of this strategy we have succeeded to reach a significantly higher number of families with ICDP." - Marina Morales, from the UNICEF office in San Salvador. Marina is still coordinating ICDP in El Salvador by cooperating closely with ISNA and other local partners, as well as liaising with the ICDP foundation.

ICDP has been implemented by 50 local partners, including the Ministry of Education (MINED), Ministry of Health (MINSAL), Social Services (ISNA), municipalities (San Marcos, Resume, Acjutla, San Salvador, Izalco, and others), CIDEP, Intervida, FUSAL, ADOI, FAO, UNDP, SOS Village, REINSAL, and many others.

The University of Sonsonate has been using ICDP to train all students in the area of early childhood.

There is a high percentage of male participants at every level of training, trainer, facilitator and caregiver.

In 2012, Nicoletta Armstrong held workshops for new groups. ICDP has spread to 80 municipalities and over 60,000 children.

A total of 40, 270 persons have received ICDP up until the end of 2013.

In 2014, 37 people have started to receive training to become ICDP trainers. They belong to the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Salvadoran Institute for Children and Teenagers' Development, Institute of Youth in El Salvador and FUNDAFAM (an NGO that works for the family empowerment).


The ICDP work continues - for updates see Newsletters and Annual reports in the Download section of this website.