How we’re keeping children and youth safe at home
Watch the impact irregular migration is having on teens in Central America
We’ve heard about it in the news too often — families, children and youth leaving their homes in South and Central America in search of better opportunities.
Carlos didn’t realize he was putting himself in danger when he decided to leave Nicaragua for a chance at a better future: “I just left, and I didn’t know it was that dangerous,” he says in the video. “But, when I was travelling, I realized it wasn’t easy.”
That’s why Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, with funding from the Government of Canada and partners, launched the Preventing Irregular Child Migration in Central America (PICMCA) project. It will improve child-protection systems and create safe spaces; provide skills-training, scholarships and other education resources; as well as encourage children and youth to be leaders in their community.
Watch the video below and visit ccfcanada.ca/hopeathome to learn more.
Photo (top) by Juris Kornets
More about PICMCA:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is leading a $15.2-million regional project in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua, designed to improve the well-being of children and youth who are at risk of irregular migration. The Government of Canada is contributing $12.6 million to the four-year project. The initiative addresses a number of the root causes that fuel irregular migration — from high levels of crime and violence, limited employment and educational opportunities, to social exclusion and a lack of information on the inherent dangers of migrating without following the normal immigration procedures. For this project, CCFC is partnering with two non-governmental organizations: ChildFund International-USA and Educo-Spain.
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For nearly 60 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.