Latin America & THE CARIBBEAN
CURRENT PROGRAMS (2018):
CDF is working in collaboration with the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University, and other partners to conduct the following programs in Latin America:
Playing 4 Peace Program in Guatemala: CDF has successfully been conducting Junior Master Gardener® programs for Guatemalan kids living in coffee-growing communities, aimed at promoting inclusion and teamwork while strengthening their love for agriculture. We are now introducing the "Playing 4 Peace" youth program. We will help small Mayan kids learn to cope with stress due to insecure and unfamiliar environments (especially when accompanying parents to work in different farms during the coffee harvest season), poverty, and discrimination. We are helping build the next generation of peacebuilders and coffee growers. Through the Play for Peace model, kids can become architects and leaders of sustained peace. Through Junior Master Gardener activities, kids are inspired to conduct farming activities and we help "grow good kids."
Planting Seeds of Peace Program in El Salvador: CDF is supporting Food for the Poor and the New Horizons for the Poor Foundation in El Salvador to conduct peacebuilding activities for youth by expanding the success of our previous collaborative program to establish hydroponic gardens and promote youth development activities to help keep youth out of gangs. Through this program, youth will participate in social inclusion and innovative crop production activities that are part of Food for the Poor's Agriculture for Peace project, which is conducted in communities vulnerable to recruitment by the 18 revolutionary gangs in El Salvador.
Mexico: Crime and Violence Evaluation - With support from USAID/Mexico, CDF and the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University are conducting a multi-year evaluation of municipal crime and violence prevention efforts in four municipalities: Chihuahua, Juarez, Monterrey, and Tijuana. The purpose of the evaluation is to support local stakeholders to examine the contribution of multi-sectoral, municipal prevention strategies and local system strengthening efforts to sustainable reductions in crime and violence rates, and use the lessons learned to adapt policies and programming.
CDF is partnering with several organizations to implement a number of projects to combat violence and promote peace through food security, local organizations, and youth engagement in communities struggling to recover from war.