Through the El Salvadorean Nahuizalco Indigenous Unification Movement, a 2019 Community Partner, the Awareness and Empowerment of the Indigenous Youth of Nahuizalco will deepen the work of sensitizing and empowering 25 young people to their own identity through trainings in Indigenous wisdom, particularly in the areas of adoption and revival of the Nahuat language, and in acquainting them with the rich spirituality and worldview that their culture possesses. The trainings will occur in six rural communities of the Nahuizalco municipality, a community with Indigenous roots, where a majority of the youth do not identify as Indigenous, and will establish coordination with other institutions and organizations that prioritize youth development to enable a greater field of social impact. The project seeks to close an intergenerational gap and to transmit to the youth the history, the customs, and the virtually extinct language.
Due in part to the massacres of 1932 and the continuing ethnocide, Nahua Pipil grandparents and parents have transmitted very little knowledge and language to their families, since the fear of being persecuted for speaking their own language, wearing their own wardrobe, and showing their worldview, has been cause for death. By awakening the interest and acceptance of their own identity as Nahuat Pipil people—knowing their history, their roots, and their ancestral knowledge—the youth can experience pride in their identity and expand awareness through sharing with other young family members and friends. In addition, with training in the Nahuat language, young people will be able to get involved in the development of activities for the protection of the mother tongue at the municipal level. This project will strengthen the knowledge and capacities of young people as a continuation of the process started the previous year.