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Of the approximately 16 million inhabitants in Guatemala, more than 33 percent are between 13 and 29 years old. Of these, 54 percent live in poverty. Unemployment, lack of prospects and violence shape the lives of many young people. Their active participation in society is low.

Together with our partner organizations, we support young people in demanding their rights and in standing up for their interests. We train youth representatives, strengthen youth organizations and provide information on safe migration.

[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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Children playing in front of the wooden houses (ATUS) where 1000 families are expected to spend 18 months while their permanent homes are built (Photo: AWO International)
Central AmericaGuatemala

Humanitarian aid after the volcano eruption

On 3 June 2018, the Fuego volcano erupted in Guatemala. According to official figures, 178 people died and 250 are still missing. Together with our partner organisation ECAP, we continue to support those affected on the ground even after the emergency aid has ended.

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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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[Translate to Englisch:] Mitarbeiter*innen von OCDIH informieren Migrant*innen über sichere Fluchtrouten (Foto: Carlos Cano / AWO International)
Central AmericaGuatemalaHonduras

A solidarity alliance for the care of migrants

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.

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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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Central AmericaEl SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasNicaragua

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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[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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