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About ESNA Village Network


ESNA Village Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, with operations in rural El Salvador. We connect villages in rural El Salvador with communities in North America in sustainable, effective partnerships to build lasting social change. By developing one-on-one relationships, engaging local leadership, and applying technical, academic, medical, and business resources ESNA facilitates a jointly developed and executed plan to improve the social, economic, and health conditions in El Salvador.

Vision (For the future)

ESNA strives to see the day when all people of rural Central America have access to basic healthcare, educational opportunity, and economic stability.

Mission (What we are doing)

ESNA promotes peace and prosperity by developing long-term, cross-cultural relationships between communities in rural El Salvador and North America, mitigating the conditions of poverty thru economic development and understanding.

Strategy (How we are doing it)

ESNA positively impacts the standard of living for the people of rural El Salvador by partnering in the improvement of education, economic development, health, and long-term self-sustainability, one community at a time.


In alignment with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, ESNA works to help rural Salvadorans realize the following objectives:

  • Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
  • Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
  • Goal 5: Improve maternal health
  • Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

ESNA's Four Areas of Focus:

Agriculture, Education, Health, & Cross-cultural Experience


The organization officially received its nonprofit status in August of 2009. However, ESNA's founders have more than 12 years of experience partnering with rural El Salvadoran communities to improve local quality of life through improved access to education, economic development, and the building blocks of basic health.

Direction & Expertise (Who is on our team)