This unique and strategic project could become one of AMEXCID’s emblematic programs

AMEXCIDGIZ and SEDESOL have developed a program to prevent the migration of unaccompanied children and adolescents that focuses on their home communities in Central America’s Northern Triangle and Mexico with the goal of improving their livelihoods and development opportunities in six communities (two per country) in Central America’s Northern Triangle. 

The project is expected to benefit over 6,000 participants directly and about 30,000 people indirectly in the areas of influence, through their schools and communities, over a period of three years. It focuses on direct intervention in the affected communities, by promoting:

·       Activities in schools, families and in the community that strengthen the identity of the children and adolescents, and create a sense of belonging and connectedness to their community

·       Partnerships with stakeholders working in the area to create synergies

·       Actions that address the root causes of migration, strengthen the social fabric at the community level and develop and implement local systems of protection

·       Systematization of the intervention model based on evidence of what works to make it replicable and scalable

·       The participation of vulnerable groups to strengthen the children’s sense of belonging

·       Legislative and organizational changes to strengthen protection systems in participating countries and on the migration routes

The source communities included in the pilot project in each country were selected from rural and peri-urban emigrant communities:

El Salvador: Colonia Carrillo in San Miguel and Piedra Azul in San Rafael Oriente

Honduras: peri-urban area of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula (where specific communities will be selected)

Guatemala: the communities of Cruz Chich and Quiacoj in the Joyabaj municipality in the Quiche department