Vulnerable Children Fund
Vulnerable Children Fund
Many youth in Latin America and the Caribbean are caught in situations where they are out of school, out of work, and deprived of a chance to gain the independence and the opportunity they seek for self-advancement. Today, they account for 25 percent of the total youth population, with 22 million youth unemployed and out of school.
As a strong advocate for youth, PADF works with local communities to ensure that they become stronger and more dynamic by providing the necessary protection and the right tools for them to succeed. This is why our initiatives focus on several areas, including employment generation, leadership training, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities, combatting forced labor and human trafficking, crime and violence prevention, civic participation, among others.
Girls who receive an education are better able to earn income, have fewer unwanted pregnancies and are more likely to break the cycle of poverty.
Providing girls with increased access to education improves not only individual quality of life, but also that of the surrounding community. We offer support in many forms, including teaching young mothers about nutrition and sanitation; facilitating girls’ access to education; and building self-esteem to help shield women from gender-based violence. We aim for girls to come away from our programs with a comprehensive toolkit of life skills that they can draw upon and pass on to their own daughters and friends.
It's hard to succeed in school without the necessary tools. PADF donates furniture, supplies and equipment to help students focus on learning. Your donation provides educational materials and furnishings to schools in need throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Extracurricular activities encourage positive self-expression, enhance self-esteem and offer a sense of communal belonging. They also provide safe spaces for at-risk youth.
Your donation provides the tools for vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean to get creative.
Providing girls and women with increased access to education, jobs, and other services has a substantial ripple effect, improving not only individual quality of life, but also that of the surrounding community.
Help bridge the digital divide. Your donation provides educational materials, including digital tablets, for students in need.
More than 2.5 million Mexican children must work to make ends meet. Roughly one third are under the age of fourteen and work at least 35 hours per week. Many of them work in unsafe or unhealthy conditions. PADF is working with the Government of Mexico and actress Maite Perroni to change this. Your donation will go toward programs that give children a chance to learn, play and enjoy a happy and dignified childhood. Learn more: www.tuvozcontraeltrabajoinfantil.org
Children everywhere love to play soccer. Athletics encourage positive self-expression, enhance self-esteem and offer a sense of communal belonging. They also provide safe spaces for at-risk youth.
Your donation provides sports equipment for vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean, where soccer is king.
It's hard to succeed in school without the necessary tools. PADF donates furniture, supplies and equipment to help students focus on learning. Whether it supports the science lab, the library, the high school band or the soccer team, your gift will go where it's needed the most in schools throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ensuring that education remains accessible to children, youth and vulnerable adults in Latin America and the Caribbean is important to us. PADF promotes literacy training, writing, math, science among school-aged children to ensure student reach grade-level proficiency.
Youth development programs help encourage children and youth from at-risk communities to stay in school in order to help prevent young people from engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as drug use and violence, and from entering the workforce early and later becoming victims of human trafficking.
Worldwide, more than four million people die prematurely from illnesses attributed to household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels, like charcoal. In Haiti, we support local Haitian startup businesses that manufacture and sell propane stoves.
One of our grantees, Switch S.A., is working with World Central Kitchen to install safe, healthy propane stoves in Haitian schools. Propane stoves protect women and children from the harmful effects of burning charcoal or wood and cut down on deforestation.
"I used to use charcoal for cooking," says Laurent Adline, the cook at National School Colbert Lochard in Port-au-Prince. "It made the kitchen very hot and smoky, which was so inconvenient. Since I began using the SWITCH stove, I no longer face those difficulties in cooking for the children."