Our objective: Realising children's rights
Any interventions aimed at a long-term positive impact on children's lives must contribute to realising and safeguarding their rights. This is the focus of our work, both in Germany and abroad.Learn more
Guatemala: Together with our local partner CEIPA we focus on upholding children's right to education in Guatemala’s poverty-stricken southwest. We focus on solid vocational training that helps strengthen the voice of the rural poor. This project is supported by the European Union.
In Guatemala it is common for children to toil in the fields or work as street hawkers to keep their families’ heads above water. Socially marginalised, children are unable to acquire skills that would allow them to find employment or start a business. Their chances of ever being able to free themselves from poverty are remote.
Dr. Sara Oviedo, Vice President of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, travelled to Guatemala to assess the children's rights situation. She selected our project for a visit, which has proven to be effective in significantly improving children’s chances to enter the labour market. The accomplishments in 2013 included:
In 2015, we intend to help set up children's governments in three additional villages. By the time the project ends in 2015, the goal is for all beneficiaries to have promising career prospects.
Project No. 80034