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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020

International day for the eradication of poverty .jpgEvery day, Partners of the Americas collaborates with individuals and organizations around the world to eradicate poverty. The coronavirus pandemic this year has hurt communities experiencing poverty the hardest, yet we are finding ways to work through it to achieve social and environmental justice for all. This International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we’re highlighting the steps our programs, projects, and members have taken to end poverty during COVID-19.

Combating Child Labor on International Coffee Day

coffeb_1.jpgColombia is known for producing some of the highest-quality coffee in the world, with its unique geography making for excellent growing conditions. More than 500,000 Colombians work in the coffee industry, fulfilling a centuries-old tradition across nearly 2.2 million acres of Colombian highlands. Coffee growing is a central part of Colombian identity and culture; however, it is also one of the sectors in which child labor is most prevalent. This reality may be worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dia Nacional do Voluntário no Brasil/National Volunteering Day in Brazil

PC Goiana Chapter.pngNo Brasil, todo 28 de agosto se comemora o Dia Nacional do Voluntário. Criado pela lei 7.352, a data celebra os indivíduos que doam parte do seu tempo para a realização de atividades sociais. Com ações que envolvem pelo menos 6 dos 17 Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentáveis das Nações Unidas, os capítulos brasileiros somam juntos anos de histórias, horas trabalhadas e impactos causados nas comunidades locais. / In Brazil, August 28th is National Volunteer Day. Created by a national law, this date celebrates individuals who donate their time to help others. With actions that involve at least six of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Partners' Brazilian Chapters have been helping to change the world by empowering and helping local communities. 

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

AnnaEcuador2_0.pngAnna details her impactful experience as one of many students from the University of Louisville who traveled to Ecuador in March 2020 as a part of the Kentucky-Ecuador Chapter’s study abroad program in Ecuador. The students visited seven schools in five days, where they provided fluoride varnish to improve children's dental health and taught English. All 10 students who participated are now Kentucky-Ecuador Chapter members. 

USDOS Releases Yearly Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report as Partners Works to Combat TIP in Paraguay

Screen Shot 2020-07-30 at 3.17.46 PM (2).pngOn June 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) released the yearly Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for 2020. The 20th edition of the report primarily consisted of analyses and narratives of the state of trafficking in each country recognized by the USDOS, with a special emphasis on law enforcement efforts. At Partners of the Americas (Partners), the Child Protection Unit’s (CPU) programs directly tackle many of the issues of child, labor, and sex trafficking addressed in the report’s country narratives and regional analyses.

As Child Labor is Expected to Increase, Partners Continues Efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Poverty is projected to increase by at least 20% in 2020, largely as a result of COVID-19, which could increase rates of child labor by 14%, according to a joint paper by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF. In 2020, Partners and it’s USDOL-funded projects have continued its efforts to combat child labor, forced labor, and improve working conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean throughout the pandemic.

Promotores de paz en tiempos del COVID-19

269B234F-971A-445A-94C6-43CF4BB8C5B4_1_201_a.jpegCon el objetivo de promover la cultura de paz en tiempos del COVID-19, la Red Internacional de Estudiantes por la Paz (Red EsPaz Perú) Capítulo afiliado de la organización Partners of the Americas viene desarrollando desde el mes de abril a la fecha conversatorios online dirigido a estudiantes y profesionales que tienen el compromiso de conectar, servir y continuar transformando vidas en la sociedad.

Trabajo Infantil: La Respuesta ante la Actual Coyuntura

palm oil ecuador (1)_0.jpegSegún cifras oficiales, Colombia ha afrontado con relativo éxito el combate al trabajo infantil. En la última medición sobre trabajo infantil hecha por el Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística – DANE (trimestre móvil Octubre – Diciembre 2019) las cifras dan cuenta de una leve disminución en la tasa de trabajo infantil y en el número de niños, niñas y adolescentes (NNA) que participan en el mercado laboral al pasar de una tasa del 5.9% en 2018 al 5.4% en 2019.

Combatting Child Labor During COVID-19 on the World Day Against Child Labor 2020

Faustino 2.jpegAs a crisis that heavily impacts vulnerable populations, the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic could push millions of vulnerable children into child labor. Today on World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) Partners of the Americas commemorates its dedication to preventing child labor in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our Child Protection Unit (CPU) continues its efforts to combat child labor in the region while tackling the unique problems that COVID-19 has created.  

Tennessee and Venezuela Chapters Document Four Decades of Working Together and Revitalize University Support for Programs

Universidad de Cúmberlan TN (1).jpegThe Tennessee and Venezuela Partners of the Americas Chapters are documenting four decades of partnership together and continue their efforts despite the barriers of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tennessee Chapter incorporated in Nashville in 1967, and the Venezuela Chapter was established in Caracas several years later (1974). They have worked together for the mutual benefit of Venezuela and Tennessee for 46 years.

Living in Peace During the Coronavirus

93519454_3785499548158555_3077696857466006806_n(1) (1).jpegThroughout the coronavirus pandemic, people from all over the world have come together to connect in positive ways. Today, on the International Day of Living Together in Peace, we would like to highlight how our Network perseveres during this time by spreading peace through virtual people-to-people connections.

Saving the World From the Safety of Our Homes

Earth Day Blog (2).jpegJust like a third of the world’s population, our Farmer-to-Farmer staff at the Washington, D.C. office and in our six field offices around the world (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, and Myanmar) are currently working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it may be from the safety of our homes, today on April 22, we would like to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Partners Honduras Provides the Tools for Success Through Education

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In 2017, the Partners Honduras Chapter launched a new education initiative to help prepare secondary school students to graduate in the country. These graduates often need more resources than are provided to develop the communication and technical skills necessary to succeed in today’s global workforce. For this reason, the Honduras Chapter’s work is crucial to help more students complete their education. 

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