Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change November 2017

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE: STORIES FOR CHANGE – NOVEMBER 2017 CENTRAL AMERICA Central America is characterised by high levels of inequality as much in the socio-political sphere as economically and culturally. Given the fragility of State institutions, many cases of corruption remain unpunished. Politicians, civil servants and groups inside the private sector, have colluded to institutionalise […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change October 2017

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE STORIES FOR CHANGE – OCTOBER 2017 CENTRAL AMERICA Up to 200,000 people attended celebrations to commemorate the life and work of Oscar Romero, former archbishop of San Salvador, who received beatification on 23 May. An outspoken critic of the military regime that beset El Salvador in 1980, Romero was martyred on 24 […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change July 2017 Copy

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE STORIES FOR CHANGE JULY 2017 CENTRAL AMERICA Honduras: Traditional ‘slash and burn’ agriculture is practiced throughout the tropics and accounts for millions of tonnes of carbon being released into the atmosphere every year, significantly contributing to global warming. ‘Slash and burn is estimated to release twice as much carbon into the atmosphere each year […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change September 2017

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE SEPTEMBER 2017: STORIES FOR CHANGE CENTRAL AMERICA Christian Aid is supporting cross-regional work on climate monitoring with small farmer’s organisations. The initiative is led by Centro Humboldt, a partner based in Nicaragua. Through this work, ten partner organisations from the four countries are learning how to monitor the climate variation and gather […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change July 2017

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE STORIES FOR CHANGE JULY 2017 CENTRAL AMERICA Honduras: Traditional ‘slash and burn’ agriculture is practiced throughout the tropics and accounts for millions of tonnes of carbon being released into the atmosphere every year, significantly contributing to global warming. ‘Slash and burn is estimated to release twice as much carbon into the atmosphere each year […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change June 2017

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE – STORIES FOR CHANGE JUNE 2017 CENTRAL AMERICA   Despite the difficult context existing across Central America, Christian Aid country staff are working closely with partners to build appropriate opportunities. For example, in Guatemala, partner Colectivo Madre Selva, is supporting an initiative to build small hydroelectric plants to help excluded indigenous communities […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change May 2017

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE – STORIES FOR CHANGE MAY 2017 CENTRAL AMERICA Image: Families in San Carlotta, supported by UNES, petitioning local councils for strengthening of their eroded river banks Christian Aid’s Central America programme covers Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. They work with around 22 partner organisations, from community-based groups to larger organisations operating across […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change April 2017

CENTRAL AMERICA: NICARAGUA Nicaragua has experienced ongoing corruption at the highest levels, including during its last elections held in November 2016. President Daniel Ortega won a third term in office, alongside his running mate, Rosario Murillo, who also happened to be his wife. The election went unchallenged in terms of there being no organised political […]

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Commitment for Life newsletter – stories for change March 2017

CENTRAL AMERICA Increasing numbers of women and girls are fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras amid mounting evidence that criminal gangs are systematically targeting adolescent girls as sexual slaves. Elena Cruz, 15, from San Salvador sat silently next to her mother Barbara, 39, clutching a folder of documents to show Comar, (Mexico’s refugee agency). She […]

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C0mmittment for Life – Stories for Change – February 2017

COMMITMENT FOR LIFE STORIES FOR CHANGE FEBRUARY 2017  CENTRAL AMERICA In El Salvador, the increase in violence and insecurity, mainly associated with gangs and organized crime, reached the highest homicide rate in the world for a country not in armed conflict. In the first three months of 2016, national authorities recorded almost one murder every hour. […]

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