ChildFund Alliance Members Work to Reduce Child Migration from Mexico and Central America with $9.7 Million Grant

RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Through a $9.7 million USD grant from the Canadian government’s foreign
relations department Global Affairs Canada, ChildFund Alliance members
are working to reduce recent waves of child migration in Guatemala,
Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Over the next four years, ChildFund Alliance organizations ChildFund
International, Christian Children’s Fund Canada and Educo will address
the root causes of migration, including high levels of crime and
violence associated with socio-economic instability, limited employment
and educational opportunities and a lack of awareness surrounding the
dangers of irregular migration. With additional contributions from
members, the organizations will spend $11.7 million overall on issues
related to child migration.

“Families and children living in Mexico and Central America can
sometimes face immense levels of violence and economic instability,
giving many people little choice but to migrate,” said ChildFund
International President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard. “While immigration
issues are complex, providing opportunity and stability within each
country is the best means for addressing the issue at its source.”

The organizations will work to reduce violence in communities and
improve employment opportunities for at-risk youth, while providing a
platform for youth who have formerly migrated to the U.S. and
opportunity to educate peers about the dangers of irregular migration.

“The partnership will help children and youth at risk of irregular
migration by improving the access to and delivery of child protection
services, boosting youth employment and job skills, as well as promoting
the active participation of youth to lobby for policies to stem the flow
of irregular child migrants,” said Americas Regional Director for
ChildFund International Paul Bode. “Half a million people in 129
communities in the most dangerous areas of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras,
El Salvador and Nicaragua will benefit from this initiative. We will
partner with regional networks, national and provincial governments,
local communities and the private sector to bring about sustainable
positive change in the lives of children and youth.”

Contacts

ChildFund International
Angela Ross, 804-756-2700 Ext 3605
ARoss@ChildFund.org