Young people rebuilding El Salvador
In El Salvador, a country wracked by poverty, environmental degradation
and overpopulation and not so far removed from its long history
of war, two major earthquakes knocked the country further to its
knees in 2001. While some nations may automatically discount children
coming to the rescue, here young people are leading the way to
A six-year-old girl removes rubble from
her home in Santa Elena, El Salvador, after it collapsed
during an earthquake in January 2001.
The Defensorías de los Derechos de la Niñez y Adolescencia
is a group of young volunteers helping traumatized children and
adults heal from emotional shock.
Begun in 1998 after the havoc left in the wake of Hurricane Mitch,
this UNICEF-supported initiative recognizes the leadership potential
of children, not only as responders to natural disasters, but
also as architects of the future.