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Guatemala: Children

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much UK aid has been given to the Government of Guatemala for projects aimed at improving the welfare of Guatemalan street children; (163911)

(2) what representations he has made to the Government of Guatemala on the welfare of Guatemalan street children.

The British embassy in Guatemala City has supported many local NGO projects on child rights including a sustainable programme for police officers in the city centre. This aims to improve officers’ dealings with street children, ensure the inclusion of child rights in the Police Academy training curriculum and encourage efforts to bring child abusers to justice.

DFID also provides core funding to UNICEF who run programmes throughout Central America aimed at improving children’s access to health and education. Street children have also benefited from UNICEF’s programmes in the region on HIV and AIDS and to eliminate child labour and violence against children.