By SABRINA RODRIGUEZ.
“We need to get away from the notion that it’s just a matter of making an announcement with some kind of aid plan that would remedy all these problems,” says Eric Olson, director of policy at the Seattle International Foundation and an expert on Central America.
Serena Cosgrove, SIF board member, will develop an educational and research program in Guatemala on indigenous leadership, gender-based violence and access to justice. This is the third Fulbright fellowship she has received to carry out research in Central America.
This month, I spent a week at the Mexico-Guatemala border with colleagues from WOLA – a SIF grantee since 2012. We wanted to talk with migrants, humanitarian workers and officials about the current conditions for those migrating to the United States.
The Central American leadership program Centroamérica Adelante will coordinate trainings, meetings and pilot projects for leaders working on the key drivers of forced migration in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Seattle International Foundation, together with Pangea Giving and Global WA hosted a panel to discuss the complex and interconnected challenges facing youth migrants from the Northern Triangle of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
This new initiative will target organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua for grantmaking and technical assistance. The CAMY Fund will also support new research on child marriage and early unions in the region by linking local researchers with grantee organizations.
Annual Forum to be held for the first time in Guatemala
The work ranges from supporting indigenous communities in Guatemala through vocational training programs, to providing essential health services in Kenya, and supporting girls’ education in Rwanda.