Every day people from Central America and Mexico migrate to the USA. They flee from organized crime, poverty and lack of prospects. Since 2015, we have been working specifically on safe migration and on the development of local projects that aim to provide in particular young people and young adults with a place to stay.
Our new regional program runs until 2024 and focuses on safe migration routes for migrant workers from Central and South America. Also, the mission is to offer local projects for the local population to counteract poverty and violence.
Central America • El Salvador • Guatemala • Honduras • Nicaragua
Inclusive disaster risk management in Central America
In Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, people are at constant risk of becoming victims of natural disasters. People with disabilities are particularly at risk. In partnership with ASB and CBM, we are strengthening the resilience of people with disabilities through effective and inclusive disaster risk management.
Refuge from violence: integration of displaced families
More than 200 000 people in El Salvador are displaced within the country every year. Many attempt to secure a source of income but most people have had to flee from violence. Our partner organisation CRISTOSAL works with the innocent civilians and supports them with the integration within the host communities.
Every day, more than 500 young returnees reach the reception centres in Honduras. However, most of the deported migrants find the same hopeless conditions back home that once drove them to migrate north: social injustice, poverty and violence. Together with our Honduran partner CASM, we support returned migrants in Honduras.
The situation in Honduras has deteriorated dramatically since the 2009 coup d'état, with migration figures rising steadily ever since. OCDIH educates potential migrants about possible migration routes, their rights and provides them with shelter thanks to families in solidarity and through cooperation with ACOMUMSAM.
In Guatemala, together with our partner organisation ACCSS, we educate potential migrants about safe migration, provide psychosocial support for family members and returnees, and work with youth organisations to promote alternatives to labour migration.
Every day, 350 Guatemalans go on one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world to Mexico or the USA. Together with its project partner ECAP, AWO International explains the migration routes and rights of migrants and provides psychosocial support for returnees and family members in their communities of origin.
Lobby work to strengthen the rights of young migrants and returnees
The focus of our Mexican project partner IMUMI is mainly on lobbying. Together with a network of NGOs, IMUMI campaigns for the allocation of protection measures for unaccompanied minors and advocates access to education for children and young people of transnational families.
Youth work for the creation of perspectives for staying in the country
Migration from Nicaragua has increased sharply as a result of the domestic political crisis since April 2018. Our partner organization CANTERA is committed to secure and enlightened migration. In addition, it points out perspectives for staying in Nicaragua by working out life plans for young people and young adults with psychologists and showing them future perspectives through income-generating measures.
Mexico experiences the entire migration cycle: Every year about 450,000 migrants from Central America cross the country, many of them staying in the country. But thousands of Mexicans are also on their way themselves. But migration harbours many dangers. Together with our partner organization UMUN, we are carrying out a project to reduce risks.
Corona in Honduras: Financial support for families
The poorer sections of the population in Honduras are facing major challenges as a result of the COVID 19 crisis. Strict restrictions on their access to work and income prevent them from working, and at the same time the government's aid measures are not comprehensive. AWO International therefore offers financial support that enables 388 families to purchase food and hygiene products.
Emergency relief project after Hurricane Eta in Honduras
On November 3, 2020, Hurricane Eta hit Nicaragua and then moved - softened as a tropical storm - across Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. Despite a significant drop in intensity, Eta caused widespread devastation. At least 200 people lost their lives, and 1.6 million people were severely affected.
People with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to extreme natural events - especially children and young people are defenceless against the consequences of a natural disaster. AWO International, in cooperation with the ACOPEDIS network and its member organizations, is supporting a project for inclusive disaster prevention in Guatemala.
After Hurricane Eta and Iota: Reconstruction and food security for families
In November 2020, two hurricanes hit the Potrerillos region in Honduras. Only within 15 days. With a reconstruction project, AWO International helps families to get back into a normal life and strengthens disaster risk management within the community in order to prepare the community for future natural disasters.
Installation of solar power systems for the projekt partner OCDIH in Honduras
With the funding from Grüner Strom Label e.V., our project partner OCDIH in Honduras was able to install solar power systems in two regional offices. In this way, OCDIH is setting a good example and demonstrates the ecological and economic effectiveness of renewable resources in the region.