U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, visited the municipality of Ilobasco, Cabañas on March 30, 2017, to inaugurate seven reclaimed public spaces, funded by the U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) in coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Ilobasco. Ilobasco is one of the municipalities that are part of the second phase of the “Plan El Salvador Seguro” program aimed at improving the security in El Salvador.
The visit began with the inauguration of the soccer field and children’s playground at El Milán community. The cost of the recovery of the seven public spaces in Ilobasco totaled $122,876, $65,820 provided by USAID and the rest was supplied by the municipality.
The spaces were recovered as part of USAID’s Crime and Violence Prevention program that is contributing to the improve citizen’s security and healthy coexistence among its inhabitants. The seven spaces were located in the communities of Azacualpa, Miranda, Las Huertas, Los Llanitos, Agua Zarca, El Milán and El Alcaine. The improved areas are located around football and basketball courts, and the USAID- supported “Por Mi Barrio” Outreach Centers ; which serve as meeting and training places for young people between the ages of 9 and 29.
Her visit to the municipality continued at the Professor Juan Roberto Juárez Educational Center, which has benefited from USAID assistance in the implementation of the Full Time Inclusive School and the Strengthening the Justice Sector project. The latter has supported the National Civilian Police (PNC) in the implementation of the community police model in Ilobasco.
Ambassador Manes took time during her trip to meet with at-risk youth from the Young Finders Movement Association (MOJE) who are taking part in vocational training and producing handicrafts to be exported worldwide.
Her visit ended with a meeting with entrepreneurs at the Center for the Development of Micro and Small Enterprises (CDMYPE), where the Ambassador was able to hear firsthand from two entrepreneurs who has directly benefitted from the program. Via her twitter account, @USAMBSV, Ambassador Manes encouraged all Salvadoran entrepreneurs to learn more about the benefits provided by CDMYPE.
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