San Pedro Puxtla Girl's Soccer Team

Year: 2010
Country: El Salvador
Project Status: Funded
Impact Sector: Education
Project Investment: $490.00

Project Launch:

Youth in El Salvador are a population at very high risk of becoming involved in gangs, drugs, and violence. In addition to these dangers, rural girls in El Salvador very often become pregnant young and have to abandon their studies. One of reason for this is the lack of options for safe, healthy, active diversion for youth. Opportunities for youth that are often taken for granted in developed countries such as sports and dance teams, theater groups, art and music classes, and debate clubs are almost non-existent for rural Salvadoran youth. One of the few options that kids do have is soccer, which is the most popular sport in El Salvador, and many youth play in school and on community teams. However, girls in San Pedro Puxtla, Ahuachapán did not previously have this opportunity and soccer programs and school tournaments were limited to boys only, leaving girls in this community with few options for a safe, healthy, active lifestyle. With a $490 grant from World Connect’s Kids to Kids Program in 2010, the community saw the creation of a girl’s soccer team, meeting the unmet need for safe and healthy activities for rural girls in San Pedro Puxtla.

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