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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.

Meanwhile, criminal activity, particularly gang related violence, has increased dramatically. In recent years, El Salvador has had one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

The United States has an interest in a stable, prosperous El Salvador, one that shares U.S. democratic values, is a reliable partner in the fight against transnational crime, and plays an active and responsible role in international affairs.

The project includes several activities for at-risk children and youth
May 30, 2013

SAN SALVADOR– Over a hundred people attended the launching of the SolucionES (Solutions) crime prevention project in the municipality of Ciudad Arce, La Libertad.  SolucionES is an innovative public-private partnership designed to prevent crime and violence in 50 communities in five high-risk municipalities of El Salvador through a joint effort with the private sector and municipal governments.

May 28, 2013

SAN SALVADOR– Over a hundred people attended the launching of the SolucionES (Solutions) crime prevention project in the municipality of Ciudad Arce, La Libertad.  SolucionES is an innovative public-private partnership designed to prevent crime and violence in 50 communities in five high-risk municipalities of El Salvador through a joint effort with the private sector and municipal governments.

Nain, one of the program beneficiaries, kisses his mother after the graduation
March 6, 2013

On March 6, 20 youths, including two women,  from Santiago Nonualco and surrounding municipalities in the department of La Paz received diplomas for completing training as  aerial maintenance auxiliaries and ramp assistants under the USAID Improving Access to Employment Program’s “Jóvenes Comprometidos – Yo Hago la Diferencia” (“Commited Youth – I make a difference") initiative.

A young man poses with his new certificate
July 2, 2012

This afternoon, 80 youth from San Marcos and Mejicanos received certificates for their participation in vocational courses, service and leadership in the Youth Builders Program: Creating Jobs for Economic Recovery. This initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and US-based Catholic Relief Services (CRS) also held today the signing of a cooperative agreement with the Salvadoran Professional Training Institute (INSAFORP) to strengthen the training of participant youth.

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