Addressing root causes of migration
Throughout Central America's Northern Triangle, which includes El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the dearth of training and employment opportunities for youth has contributed to soaring levels of out-migration and urbanization, factors that increase poverty and threaten a vulnerable agricultural sector. In order to build hope for the next generation and support Hondurans to achieve a stable and dignified life within their own country, Lutheran World Relief's approach to youth engagement follows USAID's Positive Youth Development Framework and strives to prepare young people living in rural poverty for viable careers in agriculture.
Honduras is one of the world's top producers of coffee yet for many rural Honduran youth, like 21-year-old Joni Romero, the costs associated with the training necessary for employment in the coffee sector often keep such opportunities at arms' length. Joni, who has worked since he was 11 years old to help support his family and pay for school, had applied for dozens of jobs without success. As a result, he was ready to migrate north like several of his friends and family members had done previously.
...when I graduated in 2018 and I couldn't get a job, I began to feel more desire to migrate. I told my mother to get ready because at any time I would take the road. She was crying and of course it hurt...but I was resolved...