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:
Play for Peace Workshops in Guatemala: CDF continues to "grow good kids" through Junior Master Gardener® programs for Guatemalan kids living in coffee-growing communities. Gardens are safe places to promote inclusion and teamwork. We are now combining gardening and nutrition activities with Play for Peace® workshops to help form the next generation of peacebuilders. Through collaborative play, we teach Mayan kids how to cope with stress due to insecure and unfamiliar environments, poverty, and discrimination. Through the Play for Peace model, kids can become architects and leaders of sustained peace.
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 are participating 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.