Annual report 2020
In 2020 we helped 200 513 children and youths around the world with our projects.
Criminal gangs in El Salvador have some 60,000 members, and the numbers are rising rapidly. Armed robberies, rape and homicides are an everyday occurrence. El Salvador experiences around 40 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. This is compared to 0.5 in Switzerland.
Gangs recruit youths on the streets
Meaningful leisure activities for youths
Keeping youths off the streets
In 2015, 1,552 children and youths aged between 10 and 18 no longer had to spend their leisure time on the streets. They had the opportunity to attend our sports, dance and cookery courses.
In El Salvador, school lessons are only held in the mornings. In the afternoons, youths in poor districts often spend their time on the streets with nothing meaningful to do. This is a situation that can have devastating effects, as the streets are where criminal gangs recruit new members.
This is where we come in. The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation provides youths with beneficial after-school leisure activities while keeping them off the streets. This gives youths prospects for the future and reduces the risk that they will join a criminal gang.