Children and young people in El Salvador often choose to join gangs or migrate elsewhere in response to their country’s high levels of violence, limited education and leadership opportunities, and lack of safe spaces for youth to socialize and learn peacefully. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to promote peace and security and provide alternatives to gang membership and irregular migration. Our grantee partner, Centro Cultural de las Artes Monseñor Arnulfo Romero (CLAMOR), is offering art, music, and dance classes to children and young people in Nueva Concepción to bolster their life skills and create a safe, peaceful space for them to gather, express themselves, and learn. CLAMOR will also provide them with training in leadership, conflict management, and human rights to build their resilience and reduce their likelihood of migration.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.