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.
USAID’s SolucionES Project in El Salvador encourages youth to overcome their fears and become agents of change and leaders in their communities
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: May 18, 2016