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July 16, 2015

USAID’s SolucionES Project promotes effective parenting roles as a basic tool for violence prevention.

Crime and violence are two of the main reasons El Salvador’s economic development is at peril. To address this problem, USAID has partnered with five private sector foundations to create SolucionES, a crime and violence prevention project which will work with five municipal governments to build stronger communities. As part of its activities, SolucionES engages with parents to show them the importance of unity and family integration, and how to reduce violence and strengthen positive behaviors at home.

The Ortiz family in San Martin is one of the families strengthened under SolucionES. The father, Balmore, serves on the board of directors of the community soccer league, a SolucionES initiative; and the mother, Leticia, sells food during the Saturday soccer matches. Their children, Fanny, 14, Ovidio, 8, and Balmore Jr., 6, all play on the SolucionES’ soccer teams. “The most enthusiastic of all is Fanny. She even received an award for best player in her category in 2014,” Balmore says.

July 16, 2015

As part of SolucionES intervention in preventing violence, community organizations strengthen their bonds. 

In Reparto Los Angeles, a community located in San Martin, El Salvador, people live surrounded by violence; gangs proclaim their territory, the community lives in fear, and murder is not a rare occurrence.

A radical change needed to happen in order to strengthen this community and to create public spaces to coexist and interact peacefully.

July 16, 2015

USAID’s $21.4 million Justice Sector Strengthening Project helps reduce impunity through support for criminal justice reform, promotion of judicial transparency, and enhancement of citizen participation in judicial reform efforts.  Strengthening the capacity, efficiency and accountability of the judicial systemsupports USAID efforts in the area of security.

July 15, 2015

USAID’s SolucionES project brings together five leading Salvadoran non-profit organizations that have formed an alliance to prevent crime and violence.  The project receives $20 million from USAID and will leverage an additional $22 million mainly from private businesses during a five-year period for a total contribution of $42 million for crime and violence prevention in El Salvador.

July 14, 2015

USAID’s $24.8 million Crime and Violence Prevention Project helps increase citizen safety in 55 municipalities throughout El Salvador. The project supports the Salvadoran government’s National Crime and Violence Prevention Strategy and municipal-led prevention plans to reduce crime and violence in targeted high-crime communities. 

March 3, 2014

El Salvador is the third largest economy in Central America, and the most densely populated, with 6.2 million mainly urban inhabitants. In the years following the end of the civil war in 1992, El Salvador made significant democratic advances, including successive free and fair elections. While the democratic transition has been accompanied by significant, social and economic progress and social indicators such as infant mortality rates and literacy have improved, poverty and inequality of opportunity have increased as problems.

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