The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with the Business Foundation for Educational Development (FEPADE), the National Foundation for Development (FUNDE), the Salvadoran Foundation for Health and Human Development (FUSAL), Glasswing International and the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), celebrated the achievements of the SolucionES project from 2012 to 2017.
“The United States shows its commitment to the future of El Salvador, to you, by supporting these positive initiatives that aim to invest in human capital, especially, Salvadoran youth,” said U.S. Ambassador, Jean Elizabeth Manes as a sign of the ties that unite the U.S. government with the Salvadoran government.
SolucionES represented an investment of $42 million dollars, $20 million of which was provided by USAID and $22 million by the private sector partners. This project is an alliance between 5 organizations to prevent violence, promote private sector investment in prevention and generate knowledge through the strengthening of municipalities, Community Development Associations (ADESCO), Municipal Committees for the Prevention of Violence (CMPV) and strategic community actors.
Among the results obtained by SolucionES are integral attention to children and health development, research and studies focused on violence prevention, tutoring programs, arts and culture programs; improvement of social skills through sports, 52 public spaces recovered, alliances with businesses, foundations and other organizations, 15 educational institutions, 9 investigations about violence prevention and community development, community projects as well as different programs that involved the commitment of central government, municipal governments, communities, NGOs and civil society.
40,589 people benefitted from the SolucionES project, as well as 77 communities from municipalities such as Ciudad Delgado, Zacatecoluca, Santa Tecla, Ciudad Arce, San Martín, San Salvador and Sonsonate, all among the 50 highest crime municipalities in the country and which belong to “Plan El Salvador Seguro.” The projects in violence prevention focused on kids, teenagers, young people and women, 64% of whom were under the age of 18 years old.
FEPADE President Ricardo Freund pointed out in his closing speech: “We can say proudly and with satisfaction: “Mission Accomplished”, mission and achievements we reap and share with USAID, partners of SolutionES, municipalities, local actors and the private sector. This is the result that we all built, working together and joining efforts, contributing to the prevention of violence and improving social coexistence.”