Projects Are Protecting Vulnerable Groups, Improving Education and Fighting Debilitating Disease
Poverty, history and beauty often live side by side in Latin America as the following photographs highlight. JICA experts have helped restore some of the region's magnificent ancient monuments and preserve ancient histories, but following various wars they have also aided shattered countries and their populations to recover.
There is still widespread poverty, social inequality and disease. Ongoing agency projects are helping to combat the killer Chagas disease throughout Latin America; protect vulnerable children on the streets of Mexico City and vulnerable women living in rural areas; train teachers and improve the education of students and provide impoverished families with new skills.
Some Japanese personnel have spent years or decades in a region which has a long association with Japan which began sending waves of emigrants to Latin America more than 100 years ago. Many descendants (Nikkei) are now prominent in agriculture, education and even politics.
Photos courtesy of Raymond Wilkinson / JICA