In the Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras), communities face protracted cycles of violence due to gang-related, intrafamilial, gender-based, and community violence, resulting in some of the highest rates of crime and homicide globally. Compounding this issue are the debilitated public education and health systems, impunity, and a lack of trust in institutions, which create a dynamic that also fuels the current forced migration crisis. Children and youth living in these communities are often those most affected.
Glasswing International is working towards reimagined public education and health systems in the Northern Triangle, Latin America, the Caribbean, and New York City, broadening their mandates beyond the academic and medical, to focus on the needs of the ‘whole’ child. Glasswing sees a future where public schools and health facilities become critical hubs for repairing the social fabric; where communities heal, and violence is not perpetuated; and students believe in themselves, have aspirations for their futures, and thrive as leaders in their communities.