RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Through a $9.7 million USD grant from the Canadian government’s foreign relations department Global Affairs Canada, ChildFund Alliance members are working to reduce recent waves of child migration in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Over the next four years, ChildFund Alliance organizations ChildFund International, Christian Children’s Fund Canada and Educo will address the root causes of migration, including high levels of crime and violence associated with socio-economic instability, limited employment and educational opportunities and a lack of awareness surrounding the dangers of irregular migration. With additional contributions from members, the organizations will spend $11.7 million overall on issues related to child migration.
“Families and children living in Mexico and Central America can sometimes face immense levels of violence and economic instability, giving many people little choice but to migrate,” said ChildFund International President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard. “While immigration issues are complex, providing opportunity and stability within each country is the best means for addressing the issue at its source.”
The organizations will work to reduce violence in communities and improve employment opportunities for at-risk youth, while providing a platform for youth who have formerly migrated to the U.S. and opportunity to educate peers about the dangers of irregular migration.
“The partnership will help children and youth at risk of irregular migration by improving the access to and delivery of child protection services, boosting youth employment and job skills, as well as promoting the active participation of youth to lobby for policies to stem the flow of irregular child migrants,” said Americas Regional Director for ChildFund International Paul Bode. “Half a million people in 129 communities in the most dangerous areas of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua will benefit from this initiative. We will partner with regional networks, national and provincial governments, local communities and the private sector to bring about sustainable positive change in the lives of children and youth.”