About Us

The Central America and Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund) is an initiative of the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) that provides financial support and technical assistance to high-impact social change projects led by young leaders (18 to 35 years old) working in or with non-governmental organizations in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. CAMY Fund seeks to generate changes regarding the equality of girls and young women, their health, the defense of their sexual and reproductive rights, as well as the prevention of and attention to early unions in girls and young women.

In May 2017, the CAMY Fund, with the strategic support of the Ford Foundation, NoVo Foundation and The Summit Foundation, created a regional strategy to make visible the implications, impacts, contexts, challenges and opportunities of child marriage and early unions (MI / UT) in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The Latin American and Caribbean Initiative to Prevent and Address Early Unions in Girls and Young Women aims to center the youth perspective in the debate to prevent and address early unions. Taking into account that those most affected by the practice of early unions in Latin America and the Caribbean are young women, adolescents and, to a lesser extent, girls under 15 years of age.

We want girls and teenagers to not have to undergo a union or marriage due to the pressures of their parents or other people in their lives. We want girls to decide fully about their lives, to exercise their right to education and their sexual rights; we want them to live a life free of violence.

Meet the CAMY Fund Team