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Project launched to prevent young people from falling into crime [Honduras]
an article by La Tribuna, Honduras

President Porfirio Lobo Sosa officiated yesterday at the Hernan Molina Herrera school of Los Pinos in Tegucigalpa for the launch of the program "Honduras for the Life of My Neighborhood", which aims to prevent young people from falling into the hands of crime and violence.

At the event, President Porfirio Lobo announced that in February the Council of Ministers will devote a session to youth.

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In the event, President Porfirio Lobo announced that in February there will be a Council of Ministers dedicated to youth.

During the event, the Minister of Youth, Marco Midence, explained that the initiative was created by the need for society to have a hope for peace and tranquility and a Honduras without violence. The project will promote the culture of peace and justice through the social integration of all sectors.

He explained that the activities of the project include socialization through regional development commissioners, walks with churches, universities and colleges, lectures on the return to basic values, dealing with the media, marketing activities, clubs and artistic awards for outstanding youth who contribute to society.

For his part, the director of that school José Francisco López, congratulated President Lobo Sosa to develop the program that unites the Honduran family in search of harmony to create a peaceful atmosphere.

At launch, also attended by representatives of the community organizations that have been made in the framework of the "Honduras for Life in My Neighborhood", humanitarian assistance, provision of food to patients in the health center of the colony, conducting talks sex education and pregnancy prevention and policy workshops and citizen security.

For his part, President Porfirio Lobo said that this project that has been developed in San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and Tegucigalpa, has been welcomed by the society in a positive way as it seeks to return and to inculcate human and Christian values and the value of life.

In response to requests expressed by the director of the school, he affirmed that early in 2013, 81 grants will be made available to provide electricity and implement projects for drinking water and sanitation in their neighborhood.

He also promised to ask the National Vocational Training Institute (Infop) to provide training in various trades so that young people in this area may have job opportunities.

Also attending the launch were the deputy ministers of Education, Elia Del Cid and Security, Marcela Castañeda, the director of the Honduran Institute for the Prevention of Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Drug (IHADFA), Rony Portillo.

Others attending included the representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Honduras, Claudia Barrientos, parents, teachers, students and organizations in the sector.

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How important is community development for a culture of peace?,

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Latest reader comment:

Community plays a important role in developing culture peace. We should promote our cultural values by interacting with each other and making these values part of our daily lives. A good example of this would be raising our children according to beliefs and values which are important for us and our cultural peace. We can also promote cultural peace by making small commuinties within big community and share different ideas and bring new ones in.

This report was posted on January 23, 2013.