Latin America & THE CARIBBEAN

Link to completed programs (2014-2018)

CURRENT PROGRAMS (2018-2019): 

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: 

Mexico: Focused Deterrence Study - With support from USAID/Mexico, CDF and the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University are conducting an impact evaluation of focused deterrence interventions in three municipalities of the northern states of Mexico. The activity will adapt the principles of focused deterrence to prevent violence in Chihuahua, Juarez, and Monterrey. 

El Salvador: Youth Development Program -  CDF supported Food for the Poor and the New Horizons for the Poor Foundation in El Salvador to complete a collaborative program to establish hydroponic gardens and promote youth development activities to help keep youth out of gangs. Through this program, youth participated 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. 

Final Report from Food for the Poor

Guatemala and Mexico: Play for Peace and Junior Master Gardener Workshops:  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. A Junior Master Gardener program is being introduced in several elementary schools in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.

                        

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.  

Salvadoran youth participating in teamwork activities as part of our Youth Development project.

A Mayan family in a coffee-growing community in Guatemala participating in our Junior Master Gardener activities.

A Mayan family in a coffee-growing community in Guatemala participating in our Junior Master Gardener activities.

Texas A&M University students conducting youth development activities in a rural school in a Guatemalan village, nestled within coffee plantations.

Texas A&M University students conducting youth development activities in a rural school in a Guatemalan village, nestled within coffee plantations.