Case study: A safe place to have fun
"It's fun here because it's peaceful but there are some things that aren't so peaceful in the community." Diego, El Salvador
Diego lives in a neighbourhood plagued with gang violence. "Sometimes there are shootouts and you can't go out. You can't be in the street at night time because it's dangerous." With few opportunities to meet friends and play safely, it can be difficult for youngsters like Diego to stay out of the grips of gangs.
Thankfully, Diego has resisted temptation after discovering a love for drumming at a youth project run by our partner, the Sisters of St Clare. With CAFOD's support, children like Diego are given a safe place to meet friends, play music, dance and join in other creative workshops.
Through this gift young people can discover new talents and improve their confidence and well-being. Diego is flourishing at the project. "I feel happy and energetic. I really like it because I feel happy when I'm playing the drums"