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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 2021 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 community meetings, for example, the inhabitants of the host communities are informed about the rights of internally displaced persons (Photo: CRISTOSAL)
Central AmericaEl Salvador

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.

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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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Lobbying for safe migration: IMUMI demonstrates to draw attention to the death of migrant children (Photo: IMUMI)
Central AmericaMexico

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.

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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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Even two years after the earthquake, thousands of houses are still badly damaged and have to be rebuilt. (Photo: AWO International)
Central AmericaMexico

Reconstruction of affected communities after the earthquake in 2017

Even two years after the disastrous earthquake in Mexico, thousands of houses are still badly damaged. Many families do not have the financial means to repair or rebuild their houses, nor do they receive any government support. Together with our local partner, we support affected families in Morelos.

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Together with OCDIH we support families financially to buy food and hygiene products (Photo: OCDIH)
Central AmericaHonduras

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.

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Our project partner OCDIH in Honduras was able to install photovoltaic systems in two regional offices with the financial support of Grüner Strom Label e.V..
Central AmericaHonduras

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.

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Hurricane Eta caused severe damage in Honduras in November Hurricane Eta cased severe damage in Honduras in November 2020. (Photo: AWO International/OCDIH)
Central AmericaHonduras

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.

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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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[Translate to Englisch:] Um Alternativen zu schaffen und Einkommensquellen zu kreieren, lernen die Migrant*innen die Produktion eigener Produkte (Foto: Carlos Cano/ AWO International)
Central AmericaGuatemala

Strengthening the right of migrants in Guatemala

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.

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The youth organisations and networks organise youth festivals where, in addition to political work, fun and games also have a role to play. (Photo: ACISAM)
Central AmericaEl Salvador

Young people make local politics

Young people in El Salvador have no voice in the public discussion. Their needs are hardly considered and they are often stigmatized as members of criminal youth gangs. Our partner organization ACISAM strengthens the rights of young people and youth organizations, promotes dialogue between the generations and implements measures to prevent violence.

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Jorge Tzunun, himself severely visually impaired, has founded an association that offers Braille lessons, painting, music and physiotherapy. (Photo: Lea Auffarth)
Central AmericaGuatemala

Including disaster preparedness in Guatemala

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.

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Young women - and men - in El Salvador demonstrate for more equality. (Photo: IMU)
Central AmericaEl Salvador

Prevention of sexual violence against women

Sexual violence has a profound impact on the lives of young people. Especially young women and girls are affected. Our partner organization IMU supports women's rights and implement measures to prevent sexual violence.

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[Translate to Englisch:] Eine Mitarbeiterin und Partizipierende bei einem Workshop für die Herstellung von Hygieneprodukten (Foto: Carlos Cano/ AWO International)
Central AmericaGuatemala

Labour migration in Guatemala

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.

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