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Child Ambassador programme Guatemala

Description

  • Focus: Prevention
  • Location: Guatemala
  • Partner: Viva Guatemala

The Child Ambassador programme offers children activities to protect them from danger, teach them their rights, leadership skills and build self-esteem and confidence. Child Ambassadors are elected by the other children in the project and hold this position for around two years before handing over to the next Ambassador. Each child will use the knowledge gained to help others – holding their own workshops and passing on the knowledge they have learnt. Through one child whole communities are helped. Support a Child Ambassador

Background

Guatemala remains one of the world’s most violent peace-time countries with an incredibly high homicide rate of 4,520 in 2016. In many parts of Guatemala City in particular, gangs still rule and more and more children are at risk of being encouraged into gang life, despite efforts to crack down on criminal activities by the government.

Aim

This project aims to reduce the number of children being enticed into gang life and street living through empowering the children themselves.

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