Help Plant Family Gardens in Nicaragua

May 5, 2009

Harvesting Hope Continues to Flourish

Harvesting Hope 1
Harvesting Hope 1

The North Atlantic Coast, where MADRE’s sister organization Wangki Tangni works, continues to face food crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Felix, which exposed the neglect to indigenous communities in the North Atlantic Coast in Nicaragua. The state does not provide resources to meet people’s basic needs. The hurricane also exposed the vulnerability of these communities, and changed the relationship that Indigenous Peoples have with the environment.

In 2007, through Harvesting Hope, MADRE and Wangki Tangni provided 50 machetes, 50 files, and food aid including flour, sugar, and coffee for families in the community of Kisalaya. Overall, 250 women received these supplies and began to clear plant debris from their gardens and recover salvageable grains from flooded fields of rice and maize before planting began again. While many homes still needed to be rebuilt, this aid ensured that immediate needs of food were met and women in rural communities were able to begin providing food security for their families.

Since then, MADRE donated 100 packets of organic certified seeds of vegetable and flowers that benefited 80 individual family gardens in Kisalaya, Miquel Bikan, Bawisa, and Waspam, and to 33 communal gardens along the Coco River. In total, about 1,100 people benefited from the distribution of organic seeds. Chickens were also provided, along with training in organic soil preparation, fertilization, and pest control, as well as in women's rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, violence, collective rights, and their relationship to the economic, social, and environmental struggles participants face. MADRE has supported the organization of local farmers’ markets to allow 25 women to sell surplus produce as a way to enhance community cohesion and facilitate the distribution of educational material on women’s rights, indigenous rights, and women’s health.

Harvesting Hope 2
Harvesting Hope 2

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