International Day of Families

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Happy International Day of Families! 

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 Empowering Families and Communities

International Day of Families is celebrated around the world every May 15. This year the observance focuses on "families, education and well-being."

At the IAF we support families throughout Latin America and the Caribbean who are creating solutions to the social and economic challenges they face. We invite you to learn more about some of our grantee partners and the families we've supported. For example, the Asociación de Desarrollo Perspirense in Honduras empowers young people to participate in community development and economic opportunities.

Our grantee partner Acción y Desarrollo provides vocational training to young people in Lima, Peru, with emphasis on gender equity. Students receive training in areas ranging from business management to culinary skills. The organization also collaborates with parents and community leaders to determine how they can best prepare students to be successful in a competitive job market. 

"We have to help women get ahead. If we want to help their families, we need to invest in programs that promote development and work, not just charity"

Those inspiring words come from Adriana Abraham, director of the Centro de Promoción por la Dignidad Humana in Uruguay. The group has been training women as entrepreneurs and helping them build a network where they receive advice to ensure business success.

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