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El Salvador

El Salvador is one of the countries with the highest murder rates in the world. In 2014, 61 murders per 100,000 inhabitants per year were registered. The murder rate among 18 to 30-year-old men is twice as high.

As part of our youth promotion and violence prevention programme in Central America, we support our partner organisations in El Salvador in strengthening the rights of young people and implementing measures to prevent violence. Another focus is the fight against sexual violence against women and girls.

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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 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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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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Computer courses, job application training, information courses or leisure activities: The range of youth initiatives is diverse. (Photo: Katrin Neuhaus/AWO International)
Central AmericaEl SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasNicaraguaMexico

From young people for young people

Since 2013, AWO International has been supporting youth initiatives in Central America and Mexico that have emerged from development projects. This enables young people to implement their ideas and projects with their own resources.

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Concentrated on the set: The young filmmakers take over everything from the use of the camera to positions, light, color, sound and production. (Photos: ECC)
Central AmericaEl SalvadorGuatemalaNicaraguaMexico

Participative Communication: The Central American Film School ECC

Communication is a human right: The film school ECC trains young people in Central America in the field of participative communication. In order to reflect on their own life reality through the medium of film, they learn everything from the use of a film camera to the implementation of their own production.

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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.

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