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July 16, 2015

USAID’s SolucionES project links businesses to community needs to promote social investment.

In San Jose Villanueva, a small town in El Salvador, schools are scarce and there are no preschools. Children start first grade without knowing how to write their names, or even know the ABC. But a very strong young woman is determined to change that.

Yenni Rivas Fuentes is a 31-year-old mother of three, born in San Jose Villanueva. Her eldest son is 11. “When he started school I noticed he had trouble learning. I had to do homework with him and I could see he was having a tough time,” Yenni explains. Because of this, she decided to start a day care center with a few toddlers to teach them the basics, so when they reached first grade, they would be prepared. This was the first day care center in the history of San Jose Villanueva. “Unfortunately I didn’t have the background to teach them well, so I decided to go to college and study basic education,” she says.

July 16, 2015

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

July 16, 2015

USAID SolucionES Project provides youth with tools to become positive community leaders who make a difference.

The SolucionES Project helps communities in El Salvador unite and develop adult and youth leaders, an important element to stop violence from spreading and start promoting peaceful coexistence. To do this, SolucionES carries out leadership training for youth to improve their communication skills, project management, human rights, and other areas.  

July 16, 2015

USAID’s SolucionES Project in El Salvador encourages youth to overcome their fears and become agents of change and leaders in their communities

July 16, 2015

Helping youth become more involved in improving their communities is a major part of USAID’s SolucionES violence prevention project in El Salvador.

Douglas Cruz is a 21-year-old resident of San Martin, El Salvador. Since he was a little boy he has helped his mother, his greatest role-model, with her business. A quiet young man, he always had difficulty attending school because of his family’s limited resources. Although he is optimistic and has many goals, he had trouble discovering all of his abilities.

July 16, 2015

Unity is strength: SolucionES reaches out to private sector to increase social investment in violence prevention. 

Xiomara Guadalupe Rivas, 15, does not hesitate when saying: “I’m happy because of the Girls Club.” Xiomara lives just outside of San Vicente, a major city east of San Salvador, in a community where the local school only goes up to 6th grade. When she graduated, she wished to continue with her studies, but her parents decided she should stay home.

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Last updated: July 17, 2015

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