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Rights and Opportunities for Indigenous Youth in Guatemala

The current project is built on the accomplishments of previous projects that have received support from Kerk in Actie and ICCO. Therefore in 2018 the Shelter is expected to continue to strengthen social leadership among indigenous adolescents and young adults in Alta and Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. The specific objective of the project is to promote social, political and legal acknowledgement of the rights of indigenous adolescents and young adults in Alta and Baja Verapaz.

  • Location
  • Start project
    2018
  • Projectstatus
    Active
  • ID: NL-KVK-56484038-110109-57
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Background

Chilhood Shelter opened its doors on April 29, 2009. It was founded by a group of professionals with experience, knowledge and commitment to transform the complex situation of human rights violations of children and adolescents in Guatemala.

The Shelter has been a local partner participating in the program: More opportunities, more rights for youth in Guatemala and Nicaragua, financed by Kerk in Actie since 2016. The program aimes to strengthen social leadership among indigenous youths in Guatemala and Nicaragua, from a gender, rights based and pertinent cultural approach. The program focuses in the following main lines of action:

- Economic empowerment;
- Lobby, advocacy, political participation; and
- Violence prevention.

With their previous project implemented in 2016-2017, the Shelter contributed to strengthen social leadership among indigenous adolescents and young adults in Alta and Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. Specifically, this was achieved by creating conditions that fostered better living conditions in these communities as well as social, political and legal acknowledgement of the rights of this indigenous population group.
Rights and Opportunities for Indigenous Youth in Guatemala

Target group

- 400 female children.
- 288 male children.
- 151 women.
- 21 men.
- 6 communities in Baja and Alta Verapaz.

Sustainability

The heart of the sustainability strategy, is the conformation of local networks for violence prevention and protection of children and adolescents, which will be able to follow up on violence prevention activities carried out during the project implementation. The conformation of these networks is of utmost importance, since they are expected to continue coordinating actions to advance children and adolescents rights, with the support of Municipal Governments and Local Developmemt Councils, once the project has ended.

Goals overview

Global goal:

- To strengthen social leadership among indigenous adolescents and young adults in Alta and Baja Verapaz, Guatemala.

Specific objective:

-To promote social, political and legal acknowledgement of indigenous adolescents and young adults rights, in Alta and Baja Verapaz.

Expected result related to economic empowerment:

- Adolescents and indigenous youth have increased their chances of employability and economic development.
- It is expected that by the end of this project, 40 adolescents will have participated in vocational training courses and will have strengthen their skills for employability.

Expected result related to violence prevention:

- Communities in Alta and Baja Verapaz have been trained on rights of children and adolescents for the prevention of violence; and
- Children and adolescents victims of sexual violence have received care and their rights have been restored in an comprehensive manner.
- It is expected that by the end of this project, at least 800 members of target communities of Alta and Baja Verapaz will have participated in training processes for the prevention of violence; and at least 50 girls and adolescents victims of sexual violence will have received comprehensive care.

Expected result related to lobby, advocacy and political participation:

- It is expected that by the end of this project, there will be at least 40 adolescents (peer leaders) that will have participated in decision-making spaces within their communities, municipalities and departments, to demand the fulfillment of their rights.
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