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Central America

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. 

In workshops, the young people are shown prospects for a place to stay (Photo: AWO International)
Central AmericaNicaragua

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.

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Migrants in transit are provided with a warm meal by the hostel La Sagrada Familia (Photo: UMUN)
Central AmericaMexico

Strategies for the protection of migrants

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.

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Central AmericaGuatemala

The results of a long journey

The Municipal District of Ixcán in Guatemala is inhabited mostly by indigenous peoples and is characterized by high rates of both moderate and extreme poverty. For many of its residents, migration is the only solution. Since 2013, we have been working together with ACCSS in the care of migrants and returnees in Ixcán, and in the promotion of alternatives to migration. This project will end in 2024.

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Central AmericaGuatemala


Climate-related disasters and the deterioration of agricultural yields pose a serious threat to food security and health care in northern Guatemala, especially for mothers and children. Together with our partner organization ASESCA, AWO International is committed to gender equity, food security and environmental protection.

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Many families lost their homes due to Eta and Iota. The living conditions in the shelters are very cramped (Photo: AWO International/OCDIH)
Central AmericaHonduras

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.

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Central AmericaGuatemala

Strengthening rights for a population marked by emigration

Each day, many inhabitants of Chimaltenango and Huehuetenango leave their place of origin in search of better prospects, venturing to one of the most dangerous routes in the world to Mexico or the United States. Together with ECAP, we work in the promotion of rights and the empowerment of its inhabitants to change a reality that has been going on for more than 50 years.

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Central AmericaMexico

Assistance and rights access for migrants in Tapachula, Mexico

In 2021, more than 130,000 asylum applications were filed in Mexico, making it the third country in the world with the most applications. About 90,000 of these cases were initiated in the city of Tapachula, in the department of Chiapas (WOLA 2021). The city is now known as a "prison city" for migrants and asylum seekers. The Fray Matías Human Rights Center works to strengthen access to rights and services for people in diverse contexts of mobility, with an emphasis on women and girls, in Tapachula.

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The picture shows a woman, a girl and a dog taking part in a disaster preparedness course.
Central AmericaEl SalvadorGuatemala


Due to their geographical location, the inhabitants of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are at constant risk of natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and droughts. In this context, people with disabilities are one of the least visible and most vulnerable social groups in terms of possible evacuation and disaster prevention plans. Together with the German organizations ASB - Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund and CBM - Christoffel Blindenmission, we work to strengthen institutional and community response capacity through effective prevention activities to protect people with disabilities.

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