Cuso International currently works in both urban and rural areas within the Andean countries of Colombia and Peru.*
Countries in South America’s Andean region are located along the Andes Mountain Range within the continent’s northwest. While many have stabilized politically and improved economically in recent decades, millions of people continue to live in poverty, have limited opportunities to participate in governance, and face violence in their homes and communities.
The region is home to some of South America’s poorest, who are largely concentrated in rural areas. Rural areas face particular challenges due to geographic isolation, limited access to health and education, and capacity shortages for local industries. The region has also faced recent unprecedented urban growth, which has given rise to urban inequality and poverty for marginalized and vulnerable groups. Among these groups are women, youth, and indigenous people who have migrated from rural communities.
Cuso International volunteers work on development projects related to youth and economic social inclusion, education, environmental protection, natural resource management, civic participation and access to justice, the promotion of gender equality, and strengthening local markets and enterprises.
Cuso International works with local partners on projects that are tailored and responsive to community needs. These partnerships include non-profit organizations, civil society groups, and various levels of government. Projects are also supported by national and international partners that work in cooperation with Cuso International and local partners.
The impacts of these development projects are diverse and reach many people. Some of these impacts include 1000 technical-education scholarships granted to young rural women who earn less than $2 a day; capacity-building in Peru’s Legal Defense Institute to support more than 36,000 victims of domestic violence, and youth empowered with the skills needed to find meaningful employment or start businesses. In 2013 – 2014, 326 youth found gainful employment and 41 started their own companies through Youth Employment Centres supported by Cuso International volunteers.
Visit Cuso International’s Stories of Impact to learn more about the critical work of Cuso volunteers on strategic development projects and programs that operate through multidimensional and inclusive partnerships.
*As of 2018-2019
Cuso International works in Jamaica and Guyana.*
Countries in the Caribbean region are as diverse as they are similar. Millions of people live here — some within island states and others on Latin America’s mainland. Each country touches the Caribbean Sea and accounts for twelve times the world average of natural disasters as they are located in seismic and hurricane hotspots.
Overall, markets are undiversified and very susceptible to fluctuating economic and weather conditions. Tourism accounts for a large portion of gross domestic products and countries compete for business. Building economic resilience, diversifying export markets, and strengthening micro-enterprises are development priorities. Income inequality for this region is the highest in the world coupled with Latin America. There is much work to do to strengthen the livelihoods and equality of vulnerable groups like children, women, the elderly and rural dwellers.
Cuso International volunteers in this region work on projects in the areas of: economic development; micro-enterprise and finance; gender equality; youth and economic social inclusion; civic participation; education, and health.
In the Caribbean region, Cuso International works with in-country partners on development projects that are tailored and responsive to local needs. Partnerships include civil society groups, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and various levels of government. Projects are also supported by national and international organizations that work in cooperation with Cuso International and local partners.
Cuso International’s development impacts in this region have accumulated over many years.
Visit Cuso International’s Stories of Impact to learn more about the critical work of Cuso volunteers on strategic development projects and inclusive partnerships.
*As of 2018-2019