Youth seek to address the risks of irregular migration
A three-day camp brings youth in Nicaragua together to discuss their future
By Victor Reñazco, project coordinator, Nicaragua
Contagious energy was in the air during a special three-day youth camp filled with nearly 80 young people from across Nicaragua uniting under the theme, “I trust my community.”
The camp supported our Global Affairs Canada-funded Preventing Irregular Child Migration in Mexico and Central America (PICMCA, CONFIO in Spanish) project. It was designed to improve the well-being of youth, so they don’t feel a need to migrate irregularly to other countries.
The experience was full of reflection, debate, role-playing, workshops, talent shows and campfire nights, with campers discussing everything from how girls and women are affected by domestic violence and forced to migrate irregularly, to the need for access to quality education for youth.
The young people agreed building a stronger community — rich with information about peace — will inevitably reduce violence against woman and diminish the yearning for irregular migration, while encouraging equality.
I was inspired to see how these excited young campers were looking forward to returning to their communities to share their experiences with peers and family. They were ready to encourage young leaders and advocate with local stakeholders to address the root causes of irregular migration.
The camp was an example of how the PICMCA project is supporting young people to express themselves and strengthen their leadership skills so they can contribute to the development of their community — pushing for a fair society as well as a safe and promising future in their country.
Preventing Irregular Child Migration in Central America (PICMCA):
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is leading a $15.2-million regional project in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua, designed to improve the well-being of children and youth who are at risk of irregular migration. The Government of Canada is contributing $12.6 million to the four-year project. The initiative addresses a number of the root causes that fuel irregular migration — from high levels of crime and violence, limited employment and educational opportunities, to social exclusion and a lack of information on the inherent dangers of migrating without following the normal immigration procedures. For this project, CCFC is partnering with two non-governmental organizations: ChildFund International-USA and Educo.
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada works globally to support children and youth who dream of a better world. For nearly 60 years, we’ve brought together diverse people and partnerships, driven by a common belief: education extends beyond the walls of a classroom and is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world. We focus on breaking barriers preventing access to inclusive, quality education for all, especially girls.