USCRI Central America’s Livelihoods program provides workforce development training to repatriated Salvadoran youth seeking to improve their economic conditions. The livelihoods program is part of USCRI’s comprehensive strategy in Central America to provide essential social and legal services to help uprooted youth to flourish. So far in 2017, a total of 115 young people have been assisted, 57% women and 43% men. 39% of the clients served are 18 to 20 years old, 61% are 21 or older.
Since the implementation of the program in June 2016, we have provided work placement for 48 people; 7 have been placed via agreements between USCRI and other companies, 17 have been hired directly by companies. The remaining 24 young people are in the process of selection, second job searches, and others have once more undertaken migration to the United States. On top of that, the program has 66 active youth working or in technical training.
Swisscontac, together with INSAFORP, INSAMI and La Cámara Salvadoreña de la Industria de la Construcción (CASALCO), has initiated a certification process for returnees who have worked in construction in the United States or Mexico. From our offices in Chalatenango and Usulután, 15 people were referred for certification. Of these 15 people, 6 have been successfully certified thus far.
We have hosted 5 mental health workshops among 3 offices with the support of professionals from the Universidad Tecnológica and Asociación de Capacitación e Investigación para la Salud Mental (ACISAM).
We have carried out a total of 8 workshops in the schools of Soyapango, Santa Tecla, and Chalchuapa to educate young people about the dangers associated with irregular migration. A total of 349 young people attended these workshops.
This year we signed an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which allows us to carry out joint actions in territories in order to bring services to returned populations.
7 young people from our Livelihoods program received their diplomas in technical careers of international cuisine and as external sales executives through the Pathways of Youth program. These technical courses lasted 4 months and prepared them for work or self-employment.
We supported the Gastromotive program implemented by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). This program aims to contribute to the food security and protection of 35 young people (men and women between 18 and 29 years of age) who are repatriated, improving their opportunities for employment, income, and empowerment through food and gastronomy.