Youth in Central America are running out of options. From 2011-2016, more than 10 percent of young people in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras migrated to the United States. Facing violence and poverty, their communities largely have been helpless to reduce the migration north. Interpersonal violence has been a leading cause of premature death among youth. World Vision believes youth deserve better. We have successfully reduced violence and enabled youth to pursue their educational and economic dreams at home. Of the 52,000 youth we assisted in El Salvador in 2018, only two migrated. In partnership with Cure Violence Global, churches, communities, local governments, and businesses, the Hope at Home project will reduce conflict for 100,000 youth in Central America’s most violent communities, decrease household violence, and support delivery of health, education, and vocational training services. Targets include a 50 percent reduction in community violence and 70 percent of youth participants employed, self-employed, or returning to education.
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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, World Vision's work has continued in the Northern Triangle of Central America and focused on child protection, youth workforce development, children joining peace clubs, and other violence prevention. We also work with local churches and parents in our Parenting with Tenderness curriculum and provide micro-loans and training to rural farmers to help them generate new income. We started using a Youth Ready mobile app in Honduras, which allowed participants to continue their education and training in a virtual format during COVID-19 lockdowns. After our successful pilot with the app, we scaled up this new education and training method to six other countries in Latin America. In addition, World Vision has been very active in the region during COVID-19 with a large, specific response to the pandemic in 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries, impacting more than 9.9 million people. In Central America and across the globe, we continue to work with churches and leaders to stop the tide of violence in the region and provide economic opportunity, education, safety, and hope to the people in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.