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.
USAID’s $21.4 million Justice Sector Strengthening Project helps reduce impunity through support for criminal justice reform, promotion of judicial transparency, and enhancement of citizen participation in judicial reform efforts. Strengthening the capacity, efficiency and accountability of the judicial systemsupports USAID efforts in the area of security.
USAID’s SolucionES project brings together five leading Salvadoran non-profit organizations that have formed an alliance to prevent crime and violence. The project receives $20 million from USAID and will leverage an additional $22 million mainly from private businesses during a five-year period for a total contribution of $42 million for crime and violence prevention in El Salvador.
Last updated: July 17, 2015