World Bank Loans El Salvador $230 million for Economic Recovery

AP Photo/Luis Romero: El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes, left, and the president of the World Bank Robert Zoellick shake hands after signing social and economic agreements in San Salvador, Monday, July 19, 2010.

The World Bank, San Salvador July 19, 2010

Central America is a region of tremendous opportunities. I look forward to learning more about Central America’s efforts to deepen regional economic integration, and expand economic growth, while also discussing ways that the World Bank Group can support sustained growth with opportunities for all,” said Zoellick. “I appreciate President Funes’ leadership in hosting this regional integration summit. He’s right to see each country’s success through the lens of the region’s success.

On July 19, 2010, the World Bank expressed its support for El Salvador with three loans totalling $230 million to promote job opportunities and basic services for thousands of Salvadorans living in poverty.  The loans were approved last year as part of the $650 million Country Partnership Strategy 2010-12.  World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick said that this particular financing package seeks to support El Salvador through the worldwide economic crisis as it resumes its path of sustained growth with a social emphasis.

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Central American Women Disproportionately Affected by Violence

Carla Lopez, Executive Director the Central American Women's Fund, speaks with grantees at FCAM's annual Ola Joven conference in Managua, Nicaragua.

By Michele Frix, Program Officer of Seattle International Foundation

A recent article by the Associated Press reprinted by media sources throughout the country, has drawn attention to not only the rising levels of violence in Central America, but also highlights how women are disproportionately affected by violence in the region.  On July 12, 2010, a federal court ruling in the U.S. State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of San Francisco forced immigration judges to reconsider whether Guatemalan women constitute a “particular social group” that might be persecuted due to high levels of violence and crime.  Although lower courts have spoken out against the ruling arguing that Guatemalan women is too broad of a category, activists and feminists disagree. Women comprise nine percent of murder victims in Latin America– the statistic rises to fifteen percent in Guatemala.  The simple fact of being a woman from Central America is reason to fear for their lives, according to the Associated Press.

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Fundación Internacional Seattle aporta más de $700,000 para América Central

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La Fundación Internacional de Seattle (SIF, por sus siglas en inglés) se complace en anunciar la entrega de un total de $705,500.00 en apoyo a proyectos en América Central, enfocados  en educación, asistencia humanitaria durante desastres, desarrollo económico, empoderamiento de la mujer, y liderazgo juvenil.

Con estos recursos la fundación busca aliviar la pobreza en la región. Los fondos concedidos reflejan el talento y la dedicación de nuestros socios trabajando en América Central.  Para participar en nuestro Red, y recibir noticias y información para apoyo financiero, haga un clic aquí.

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New Report from UN Office of Drugs and Crime Underscores High Rate of Murder in Central America

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This recent article from IPS highlights the work of NGO’s supporting youth in Guatemala and Honduras as well as overall trends of violence in Central America. It reveals the high rates of violence in the “Northern Triangle” of Central America, particularly emphasizing the high rate of murder of youths.

The Seattle International Foundation works with Ashoka and other organizations to provide youth in the region with economic and social opportunities which help deter their involvement in gang-related activities.

Rampant Violence Means Childhood Interrupted

By Danilo Valladares

GUATEMALA CITY, Jul 6, 2010 (IPS) – Very early on recent morning int he eastern Guatemalan municipality of Esquipulas, the residents slept soundly — until heart-rending screams from the street broke the calm. Read the rest of this entry »

UW Professor Reports from San Marcos, Guatemala

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By Professor Angelina Godoy, Director of the University of Washington Center for Human Rights

Greetings from Guatemala City!

Last week I was able to travel to San Marcos, where some of the communities hardest-hit by Tropical Storm Agatha are located, mostly along the Pacific Coast. We weren’t able to make it all the way to the communities in Ocós because during our visit, Guatemala was struck by the tail of tropical storm Alex, which caused a second wave of flooding and destruction in the same communities that were still struggling to recover from Tropical Storm Agatha in late May. Most of the bridges and roads to the southern coast were (and still are today) out of commission, and even in the more northern areas highway driving was treacherous in many places due to the frequent occurrence of mudslides and floods. Read the rest of this entry »

SIF Visits Guatemala in the Aftermath of Storm Agatha

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By Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director of Seattle International Foundation

SIF recently provided grants to ActionAid and Catholic Relief Services totaling $33,000 to support the relief efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agatha.  A big thanks to all of you who donated and turned out for our event in partnership with the University of Washington Center for Human Rights where we raised over $3,000!  Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling to Guatemala to see firsthand the damage caused by Tropical Storm Agatha, and to meet with many committed individuals working on the ground to tackle poverty.

My trip began by visiting with U.S. Ambassador McFarland, to learn about our government’s work in Guatemala.  Ambassador McFarland was generous with his time and advice, and provided me with a thoughtful and helpful update on the challenges facing Guatemala and its institutions.

Tropical Storm Agatha affected both urban and rural communities. In Guatemala City, I visited El Refugio, the only center in Guatemala providing shelter and services to victims of human trafficking.  El Refugio lost part of its roof in the storm, and is now in temporary housing.  SIF is proud to help support their efforts to rebuild this home for girls.

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