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In Central America

Soleterre has been present in El Salvador for 16 years with two branches, one in San Salvador and one in the Department of Chalatenango. The Work Is Progress programme guarantees the social inclusion and protection of particularly vulnerable people, offering them integrated packages of psychological assistance, school support for minors, digital literacy, art workshops and community meetings aimed at non-violent conflict resolution and the development of restorative justice practices, constant elements of the programme, aimed at fostering social inclusion as an indispensable prerequisite for concrete economic integration. To this end, multidisciplinary teams composed of educators, social promoters, psychologists and experts in restorative justice have consistently ensured an integrated multidisciplinary approach, with services provided both in-person and remotely, implemented jointly with a variety of actors in the area.

Since 2021, the EMPLEANDO-NOS labour inclusion programme has started in the country, offering disadvantaged people vocational training opportunities and technical and financial support for the development of autonomous micro-entrepreneurship initiatives. Its beneficiaries are mainly returned migrants, mothers in distress and young people seeking employment. Here too, the service is characterised by an integrated multidisciplinary approach, offering not only technical and soft skills training and job activation, but also psychological support, social mediation and legal assistance. The main productive sector in which EMPLEANDO-NOS is currently implemented is the coffee chain, in the Department of Chalatenango, but in the last two years the programme has also supported the development of tourism activities linked to the protection of natural resources and environmental sustainability in the Western Departments of Ahuachapán and Sonsonate, extending the implementation of activities within the Apaneca-Llamatepec Biosphere Protection Reserve.

Our projects are aimed at:

  • promoting the socio-occupational integration of vulnerable population groups
  • preventing social violence and human rights violations against vulnerable groups, such as children and young people
  • increasing and protecting the socio-economic integration of returning migrants
  • promoting safe and responsible migration
  • building a culture of peace in a participatory manner

The keywords of our intervention are:

CAPACITY BUILDING

We carry out a capacity building activity involving students, teachers, parents and persons in positions of responsibility, to support them in the knowledge and affirmation of human rights. We accompany them in the development of social skills that are essential to rebuild healthy and respectful relationships, enabling the new generations to develop an individual and collective identity.

STRENGTHENING

We provide support with training and counselling activities, the creation and empowerment of Civil Society Organizations, the development of formal and informal networks, such as territorial committees and working groups for thematic areas.

COORDINATION

We support the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional work to consolidate the capacity of institutions to design interventions in a participatory manner, for the protection of human rights, transparency in the management of public funds, the development of policies for the prevention of all forms of violence and the promotion of social inclusion. We build concertation tables at local and national level, and provide support for the drawing up of cooperation agreements and protocols.

ATTENTION

We offer legal and psychological support to improve the living conditions of people living under extreme vulnerability. We promote Restorative Justice through dialogue and different practices aimed at a peaceful conflict resolution, reconciliation and strengthening the sense of community and security.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

In 2022, we have achieved important goals:

  • 632 individuals have benefited from our services, especially children and young people.
  • 29 municipalities involved in our activities
  • 600 beneficiaries of the psychological support service
  • 338 enrolled students at training and capacity building courses offered by the program
  • 114 active partnerships

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