El Salvador youth volunteer in KC

Scouts from El Salvador on their way to the US

Scouts from El Salvador on their way to the US

On May 28th, 2019, a EF-4 tornado tore through Northeast Kansas. Thankfully no major injuries were reported, but they reported that 50 homes were destroyed throughout the county.

While the current focus on the Northern Triangle in Central America is under the message that illegal immigrants are pouring over the U.S. border, today we bring you a new story. The US Department of State, Embassy in El Salvador, and El Salvador Scout Association are working with a local Kansas City non-profit, Global Ties KC to bring students from El Salvador to the U.S. for a short term Department of State sponsored exchange program. Instead of Americans going overseas to do good, these youth are here to help our community. The afternoon of Monday, June 10th, they were in Bonner Springs, helping the people of Leavenworth County be cleaning up debris of 5-7 homes.

Every single one of these young leaders (age 15-24) has shown a dedication to Scouts, their country, and to mentoring future generations. These are the young leaders who are going to change US-El Salvador relations. They are dedicated to improving their country in a way that will mitigate the current problems of immigration.

Global Ties KC provides the link between international visitors including professionals and students. Through professional meetings, school visits, events, and home hospitality, people from around the world are connected with Citizen Diplomats in western Missouri and the state of Kansas.

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