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Turning Away from MS-13 and Al Shabaab: Analyzing Youth Resilience in Honduras and North East Kenya
November 1, 2017

Author: Education Development Center (EDC)
Publication Date: March 2016

Description: This study compares multiple resiliency factors (individual, caregiver, context) displayed by youth who are participating in international-­donor-­funded youth development programs implemented by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), in Central America (Honduras) and the Horn of Africa (North East Kenya), two regions that suffer from high levels of violence in communities. In Honduras, gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-­13) plague vulnerable neighborhoods, while along the border of Kenya and Somalia, extremist groups such as al-­Shabaab both terrorize and stigmatize the predominantly ethnic Somali local population. Although significant research and programming focused on resiliency has been undertaken in North America, much less data are available in other regions. Furthermore, little attempt has been made to compare and contrast regions in a manner that could facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons learned. This study used a combination of interviews and focus groups and the application of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM-­28, developed by the Resilience Research Centre) with a small sample in both regions.

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