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Crime and violence remain a key development challenge for the Central American region, particularly El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where crime rates are among the highest in Latin America and the world, and a key driver of illegal immigration to the United States.  In addressing this problem, accurate, reliable and timely information is vital to effective decision-making.  


 El Salvador has made significant democratic advances, including successive free and fair elections, accompanied by social and economic progress.  Despite these gains, insecurity from gang-related violence and lack of economic opportunity drive thousands of Salvadorans to attempt to illegally immigrate to the United States.


The Supérate Program was founded by the Sagrera Palomo Foundation in El Salvador in 2004.  With private sector funding, Supérate serves students from at-risk public schools, ages 13 through 18, who have demonstrated high academic performance and a high desire and potential for self-improvement.  The program helps reduce illegal immigration by giving youth the opportunity to realize their full potential in El Salvador.


The Education and Coexistence project is a Global Development Alliance (public-private partnership) with the Salvadoran Business Foundation for Educational Development (FEPADE) to leverage private sector support for safe schools and communities for crime prevention and to reduce illegal migration to the United States.


The Education for Children and Youth Project creates safe learning environments to help keep children in school and away from crime and violence.  Since 2013, the project has reached 677 schools in 25 high crime municipalities under El Salvador’s national security plan, benefitting over 100,000 students.