Caminos de Esperanza

Caminos de Esperanza's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we're looking forward to creating lasting impact on the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we will focus on in the years ahead:

With a population of about 37,000, Caminos de Esperanza (“Paths of Hope”) is represented by three communities in the municipality of La Union: Zona Urbana, Agua Escondida and Canton Amapalita. Some of these coastal regions are prone to mud- and landslides that endanger children and their families. About 80% of the community and a majority of economic activity is concentrated in urban areas. Access to basic services like electricity and potable water is good, and a majority of people own their own homes, but slightly more than half the working population earns less than minimum wage. Underemployment is common and most work is in the informal sector. In the formal sector trades dominate with some demand for masons, mechanics and electricians. Women are primarily represented in housework and sales trading. 
Child Protection
To help children and their communities develop capacity, World Vision will:
  • Support the building of life skills that enable children and youth better handle their sexuality.
  • Work with local groups to strengthen their organization around, and awareness of, child protection issues.
  • Seek local private financing for child welfare projects through corporate social responsibility.
  • Contribute to the community’s efforts to increase preparedness ahead of emergencies and natural disasters.

To help children reach their full potential, World Vision will:
  • Help implement programs in schools to improve relations between parents and children, and strengthen children’s life skills.
  • Cooperate with the department of education to plan action for child welfare, including training teachers.
  • Help create methodologies for providing kits that promote art and sport.

In order to maintain good health among children and youth, World Vision will: 
  • Establish partnerships for the improvement of health and basic sanitation infrastructure.
  • Advocate for the rights of children to access health care, such as through committees for monitoring health and nutrition.
  • Enact programs that include home visits to follow up in special cases concerning health and disability.

Explore Caminos de Esperanza

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Caminos de Esperanza

Caminos de Esperanza shows signs of promising development in a number of respects but also faces some significant challenges, particularly around education and child well-being. Like many places, the education system is under-resourced. Also, the community’s children and youth face the additional pressure of gang activity, which negatively impacts security.

The community has just 24 schools for 7,120 students and there is only one post-secondary institution for higher learning in the wider region. Schools are overcrowded and lack school supplies and desks. There are not enough teachers and their training is insufficient. Some students have to contend with psychological and physical violence by authority figures in schools, while parents are too often absent in the learning process. There has also been reported sexual abuse or harassment of girls in some areas around schools.
Child Protection
Children in the community have expressed a fear of street crime, including kidnapping and gang harassment. Sexual harassment of young women is also an issue. Other children living in the coastal areas prone to natural disasters such as mud- and landslides are in recurring danger but typically there are no emergency response plans in place.
Although potable water is commonly available to most people, less than half the population has access to proper household waste disposal and treatment systems. Additionally, there are reported shortages of drugs and vaccines necessary for child immunization.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Caminos de Esperanza is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.