Indigenous young people in Guatemala’s Huehuetenango region lack opportunities to develop their potential and create a sense of belonging, which pushes them to leave their communities in search of a better life. Asociación Para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Juventud (ADESJU) offers youth cultural activities, sports programs and entrepreneurship opportunities (in the municipalities of Chiantla and Aguacatán) to counter high school dropout rates, entry into gangs, and substance abuse. ADESJU also encourages young people to build lives in Guatemala. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to enhance peace and security in Guatemala.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.